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#2386312 The Race for Eight: Blue Jackets, Stars, Wings

Posted by frankgrimes on 18 April 2013 - 03:14 AM

It is simple really, Wings need to win at least 3 of the next 5 and take the other two to overtime like someone mentioned. Anyway, I wouldn't be pissed if they missed because a chance at the first overall would be great and who cares what tank to win teams are saying about the RedWings? This franchise still has broken records and provided so much great hall of fame player there aren't many others who have been done that.


Let these bandwagoners brag about it, once this joke of a league is fixed the Wings will be back s tronger than ever. Imagine if this team gets a top 10 pick and gunning for the cup in two or 3 years again :-)

#2385543 Six outdoor games in 2014 for NHL

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 April 2013 - 04:55 AM

I'm dying for an uninteresting finals and toilet ratings for that very season. at some point it will happen.


I so hope it is this year, best thing would be something like Dallas versus Carolina, maybe then the owners and other responsible people will come to their senses. One can still hope right?

#2385541 Six outdoor games in 2014 for NHL

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 April 2013 - 04:09 AM


agreed. they've been lucky with parity so far with good finals matchups. but good luck with the ratings when we see a nashville vs florida finals


Somehow I wish this would happen, just to show the NHL how damn wrong they are with their parity BS.


Lets just hope. the watered down Winter Classic is going to fail and therefoore the experiment will be over after next year.

#2385260 Tambelinni fired, MacTavish new Oiler GM...Scott Howson new Sr VP

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 April 2013 - 04:05 AM

Watched the whole press conference, boy I've seen arrogant idiots giving pressers but Lowe is just in another league, what a SOB. So great you've won a lot of Stanley Cups (bypasser) but that doesn't mean anything in terms of management qualities and therefore they are 0. Hard to believe, their owner hasn't fired him yet and now he is bringing in a guy who has no experience as a GM at any stage and someone who just got fired.


So yes Lowe you may know a lot but not about hockey-management...arrogant bastard slow down

#2384513 nhl.com calls Kenny the best GM

Posted by frankgrimes on 14 April 2013 - 04:23 AM

My rankings are


Holland > Shero > Chiarelli > Poile > Stevie


Do I think Holland is perfect? No way, but which GM is? Hollands hands are tied, because the league is an absolute joke and embarrassment under the current office stuff and owners are blind enough, to keep these non-hockey-guys employed.


I think not trading White and filps at the deadline was a mistake and if Filps walks for nothing in the summer, missed chance in a deep upcoming draft. Holland is damn smart and still the best GM but honestly, I think he should move up in the organization and by that time Stevie should be ready to replace him.


btw. nhl.com is still blocked not going to give their site traffic thanks to the lockout.

#2384356 Official: Howard signs 6-year, $31.8m contract extension

Posted by frankgrimes on 13 April 2013 - 08:52 AM

Term sucks

Caphit sucks


I love his attitude - like mentioned before - and I know, GMs have to overpay for future offers but Howard just isn't a 6 year 31,8 m type of goalie. Thats close to Luongo money in terms of caphit and that guy has won a gold medal, also for a few bucks more you are reaching elite league at this pricetag.

#2382962 Official: Howard signs 6-year, $31.8m contract extension

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 April 2013 - 12:30 PM

not sure what else you guys expected. a workhorse goalie getting his first big payday is always going to be "overpaid" to some degree. 


heck, every player getting their first big payday as a FA is overpaid, after being underpaid in the earlier years in the league


4x4,5 = 18 m OR

5x4 = 20 M


I have nothing against Howard, I love his attitude but he isn't a 5,3 per year for 6 years goalie.

#2382902 Official: Howard signs 6-year, $31.8m contract extension

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 April 2013 - 10:16 AM

5 mil for a top 5 goalie... Moveable contract too good job Ken


Lundqvist, Rinne, Miller, Luongo, Price, Ward, Andersson easily > Howard


5 Mill would be a huge huge overpayment in my eyes

#2382871 NHL 13

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 April 2013 - 12:32 AM

Smallish tweaks, slightly if that better graphics, smallish tweaks and an updated roster - 65 $

#2382868 Milbury rips Ovechkin

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 April 2013 - 12:25 AM

It is so funny the whole Crosby:Ovechkin thing was never a rivalry to begin with, just something the media tried to create and they've failed miserably to do so. One of the best rivalries will always be Pittsburgh versus Philadelphia and not Pittsburgh versus Washington.


As far as Crosby competitors there are guys named Stamkos, Malkin, Toews (I hate to say it but this guy reminds me so much of Stevie) its not even funny

#2382304 NHL comes back stronger than ever

Posted by frankgrimes on 08 April 2013 - 06:12 PM



Its a long article, but its well worth reading.  It in fact shows that the NHL as emerged from the lockout stronger than it was before.  For all the doom and gloom that was discussed, the NHL is looking like future growth is going to be a reality.



Personally, I think it is the shortened season.  With a 48 game schedule, everything is magnified.  Every game is important.  With 82 games in the regular season, every game isn't as important.  I know the ownership doesn't want to hear this, but having less games would keep this exciting.


From a pissed off fan point of view, I won't be going to see any games in the NHL for a couple years.  No Winter Classic for me next year.  The NHL and NHLPA have equally pissed me off, and I won't be investing in their product for a while.  I am glad the NHL is back and they are strong, but I am still a little peeved.


While I will still be staying true to my goals (no money for anything NHL related for a long time), I also not jumping on the everything is great bandwagon. Never trust statistics you didn't fake on your own.


Of course the league and their relative sponsors will try everything to tweak things, till they are looking good for them but the truth of the matter is, as normal fans we will never see the important information because it might not be good as the league wants fans and sponsors to believe. From a personal stance this season has been the most boring one in a long while, I don't like it and I am not even ticked off when I don't have time to watch the games. At least to me the lockout showed, that both the NHL and NHLPA don't care about the fans, so why should I care or support them?


Also that a certain guy can survive 3 lockouts and continue to provide a watered down "product" is beyond ridiculous, statistics be damned show us the real data if you have the balls to do so NHL till then, get bent.

#2382108 Anyone else liking the pre 2005 more?

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 April 2013 - 06:00 PM

i dont miss that time at all. before the lost season, hockey had become incredibly boring and stale. there was little to no excitement because it was a giant hugfest with all the interference and holding. the only reason people here pine for it is because the wings were a top team.


in general, the salary cap rewards well run franchises. because everyone is on a level playing field, its all about resource management. everyone likes to wine that the only way to win a championship is to tank for a long time, but there are only 2 example of that; chicago and pittsburgh. and if you honestly look at their situations, its more luck than a strategy of tanking. chicago was terrible because old man wirtz was an awful owner. the only reason they turned it around was him kicking the bucket. the changes that were made after he passed are what allowed the hawks to actually turn that talent into a good team. and if you look at pittsburgh, they just got lucky to get 2 of the best players of their generation in successive drafts. theres more examples of teams that are bad and stay bad than the 2 that managed to turn around their franchises. think of columbus, the islanders, and the oilers. heck the oilers had the #1 pick 3 years in a row and are still terrible! if tanking for draft picks was an effective strategy, i think we would be seeing something there.


You can see it as a giant hugfest for sure, but I for one felt it was more intense, meaner and the overall product was a lot better than todays event-NHL. Detroit wasn't the only top-team there were are lot of top-teams like someone mentioned the Avalanche under Sakic, Roy for example.


Sure as we are getting older, we are focusssing on more important things than a game, but obviously watching hockey should be a thrill and not something to despise but the lockout has changed a lot for me. 8 more years of this stupid parity crap are for sure not something I am going to watch, so yes give me pre 2005 hockey back and this is not just nostalgia.


I am strongly in favor of the hard salary cap that the NHL runs.  The burden of success is equal across the league as teams need to draft, develop, and manage talent wisely.  I shudder at the mere suggestion of a soft cap/luxury tax.  I honestly can't stand baseball because big market teams can steamroll free agency and the gulf between the haves and the have-nots widens.  This is definitely something that the NHL got right.


I am just learning about the MLB (getting better but still) from what I've read, the have-nots and the league itself should kiss the Yankees, Red Sox because the more the spend, the more these teams are getting in hard $, the difference in the NHL is Ilitch doesn't gain anything from feeding the "have-nots". Now even UFA players are under contract limits and only their "own" team can offer them more, this is just turning into a joke sorry.


Please note, I am not against the cap per se I am against the fact, that the teams who are paying the most aren't getting a reward for it. It should be a give-get kind of thing which it is not, if Ilitch is paying 5 % of the teams revenue on other teams Wings should be allowed to be 5 % over the cap, you get the idea?

#2381469 4/7 GDT : Blues 1 at Red Wings 0

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 April 2013 - 02:36 AM

Would be happy with a point here, Blues are having two games in hand right now this is going to be a very tough one.

#2381468 Ilitch is being cheap with the Wings now that the Tigers are good.

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 April 2013 - 02:34 AM

Granted and it is sad, I've never met Ilitch but let me tell you what kind of owner I think this guy is:


Ilitch is one of the only owners in this piss poor communism league, who stood up against the revenue-sharing, not happy with the lockout and guess he is the one, spending millions of his own money on the best available development coaches, over the top hotels and services (Wing Bird III anyone?!). Without the cap I'd bet my car Mr. I would spend whatever it takes to provide the team with near endless resources if it means another cup!


Ilitch is a competitive guy, he wants all his teams to do well and therefore will be spending. Having said that, there is no point in overpaying for average-players just for the sake of spending money, this would be just stupid.


So while everyone is entitled to his own opinion, I for one can't thank Mike enough for being the best owner in not only hockey but all of sports. An example of an owner playing it poor although filthy rich would be the guy who bought Manchester United (soccerclub), as his private toy. 

#2380212 Concerned - we might not make it in to the playoffs

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 April 2013 - 01:08 PM

There are now 4 threads with basically the same content, wouldn't one doom/gloom thread be enough.


Who cares if the Wings are making the playoffs, if you can't compete win the big price there is no point in doing so.