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#2674658 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2016 - 03:22 PM

As long as youre not paying him obscene money you don't need him to have a career year. 20+ goals and 50 points is reasonable and would make him the best winger on our team. I'd offer him 4.5 million for three years, if he doesn't take it then oh well. If he does, great.

#2674641 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2016 - 01:24 PM

You're the only person I've ever heard call Radulov soft.  Makes me think you're just throwing around pejoratives in an attempt to justify your dislike for him post hoc. 


Radulov is a lot of things, but "soft" isn't one.  He's very tenacious and aggressive for a goal scorer.  He's not likely to punch anybody, sure, but the guys ain't "soft".  Maybe an *******, but not soft. 

#2674302 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2016 - 06:42 PM

I agree with this perspective to a point and John Oliver did a solid episode on publicly funded arenas. I've heard arguments on the other side that also sway. I've seen that the arena is estimated to cost $627M and could go higher. Even though Ilitch is personally worth 5 billion+, I doubt his company has that amount of free cash to spend at one time so I understand if a certain amount coming from government funding.
One thing to consider on the naming issue, is that the Ilitches have essentially turned away a huge amount of money by not selling the naming rights to another company. Maybe it's their interest to have the advertising (although I don't think it's that much extra exposure - we all knew the new arena would be lined with Little Ceasars venders, signage, and they would give free pizzas at the games just like they do at the Joe). But think of the alternative of them taking a huge amount of public money and then using the arena to bring in an extra money to cover part of their end (Blues got 70 million for 20 years naming rights for the Savvis center for a random example)  Probably everyone would prefer Howe arena or honoring some local hero, but I think Little Ceasars is the best option for corporate naming.

I get WHY public funding is often necessary, I'm not even against public funding. I just think that if you're going to accept public funding for your teams new arena you should probably make an effort to represent and validate their contribution rather than be wholly greedy and promote your brand to their exclusion.

#2674275 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2016 - 05:36 PM

My only issues is the public funding aspect. The MASSIVE public funding. If the illitches had paid for it themselves they could name it whatever they want and I wouldn't have much to say.

#2674265 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2016 - 05:09 PM

What a benevolent act by our patrons the Illitch family. They used millions of dollars of public funds to erect the world's biggest advertisement to themselves. Thank god for our glorious leaders!

#2674261 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2016 - 05:00 PM

I know, how dumb we are for preferring the name reflect the culture, history, or people of our great city instead of acting as an advertisement for sub par pizza. Perhaps we should build an alter to Mike Illitch in Campus Martius Park and ritualistically bow each time we pass since idol worship is now something to be proud of.

The arena is partially financed with public funds, so its not asking too much to have the name reflect the public, and not corporate, interest.

But that's just me. I'm a dreamer...who also played attention in civics class. Now if you'll excuse me, Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" just came on the radio and I need to go practice being slavish.

#2673652 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 25 April 2016 - 08:55 PM

Lol, Helm's not happy with his "situation"?  Apparently playing with Pavel for a good portion of the season displeases him.  Screw that guy. 


Tell you what buddy, make good on any of the 10,000 breakaways you get and we'll talk turkey. 

#2673594 Ownership shows Support for Kenny Holland

Posted by kipwinger on 25 April 2016 - 05:16 PM

Dombrowski though the same thing.

Dombrowski finished last in the division with one of the leagues highest payrolls. Hardly comparable to a guy who made the playoffs while transitioning his team to a new generation for the second time.

#2673592 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by kipwinger on 25 April 2016 - 05:09 PM

Imagine all the booze he and Tatar could drink. Maybe even more than Patrick Kane.

No thanks for me. Obviously.

#2673214 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2016 - 04:25 PM

Agreed (with some caveats). And he STILL made the playoffs, so what's the problem? Unless you're suggesting that he will never improve upon his mistakes this year? I believe he probably will as he gains more understanding and confidence at the NHL level. I don't expect a rookie coach with a mediocre team to have all the answers right away. I DO expect him to learn and improve as he gains experience. He made the playoffs as a rookie, as his power play and player usage improve (which they should after a full off season to analyze the team, and some new assistants), so will the teams success.

#2673198 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2016 - 03:28 PM

You're splitting hairs. He's won one more playoff game and had what 2 more regular season wins? If he's "better" the difference is negligible. Efforts to paint Blashill as some kind of failure are almost entirely attributable to a frustrated fan base which is unaccustomed to transitioning teams.

#2673195 Potentially new GMs

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2016 - 03:20 PM

Not really. Holland was a key part of selecting Lindstrom, Ferdorov, Konstantinov, Kozlov, McCarty, Lapointe, and Osgood as director of scouting before he was GM. Then he was instrumental in drafting Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Kronwall. Stevie gets credit for Johnson, Kucherov, Palat, and Sustr, but he had NOTHING to do with Stamkos and Hedman.

As far as player acquisition goes, Holland gets credit for Hasek, Hull, Robitaille, Rafalski, and Chelios. Stevie gets credit for Bishop, Garrison, Stralman, Filppula, and Callahan.

No matter how you cut it, Holland was instrumental in building a dynasty. Stevie, while not entirely bad, hasn't drafted or acquired nearly the talent Holland has. Trying to divorce Holland from the Wings success, past and present, requires such a stretch of imagination as to make such an argument absurd.

#2673193 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2016 - 03:04 PM

Regardless of his familiarity, its harder to coach at the NHL level than the AHL level and a coach, just like a player needs time to adjust their game to the increased competition. Its the reason why almost no coaches (or none) have won a Cup as a rookie. Its really hard to do right away. Blashill inherited a borderline playoff team and did just as well as his predessessor. Anybody expecting an immediate transformation was being unrealistic. Coaching a borderline team into the playoffs as a rookie coach is quite an accomplishment. He wasn't perfect, no doubt, but he did a good job considering the team is in the middle of a transition. I'd be far more disappointed with the result if he took over an established team full of prime stars and underperformed in the playoffs. He had almost the exact same season, with a very similarly transitioning team, as Dave Haskoll in Philadelphia and nobody is saying that rookie coach should be fired.

#2673186 Fixing this mess....

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2016 - 01:54 PM

I think the one thing, aside from replacing Ferschweiler, that we need to do is try to move up in the draft as far as is reasonably possible. Not into the top 5 or anything, but as high as we can. There are a ton of high end defensemen in this years draft and most have good size. None will go in the top 5. We currently draft 16th. Move up as far as possible and take the best offensive dman of the bunch. That's our biggest organizational need.we already have our future top centers and goalie, plus a ton of good wingers. We just need that future offensive guy to pair with dekeyser and we look good going forward.

#2673183 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2016 - 01:11 PM

I hate Jeff Blashill because he's a rookie coach who finished the regular season with just as many points and only 2 few playoff games than his predessessor did the year before. What a loser!

He should be more like Babcock, who took over a presidents trophy winner and coached them to a first round mauling by the 8th seeded Oilers in his first season with the Wings.

Or we could just give it a minute and not be so absurdly reactionary.