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#2564645 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by Playmaker on 18 January 2015 - 10:32 PM

Do we get free curly fries in Canada too, or is it only in 'murica ?

You get poutine

#2564612 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by Playmaker on 18 January 2015 - 10:25 PM

If only we had a good Canadian boy to be our leader

#2564439 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by Playmaker on 18 January 2015 - 09:26 PM

Luckily the bandwagon always has seats available.

#2564334 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by Playmaker on 18 January 2015 - 08:39 PM

It's a shame hockey games end after only 15 minutes into one period.


I had forgotten that in 97, 98, 02 and 08 that we never lost a game in any of those seasons.

#2564217 1/17 GDT : Predators 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by Playmaker on 18 January 2015 - 01:06 PM

I think with the salary cap it's just hard to justify getting a number one type goalie to be a backup, especially with the salaries of #1 goalies nowadays.  Rinne and Brendan Smith aside, I'm just going to enjoy this one.  Seems like forever that the Wings have had a decent lead and you didn't have to watch worrying about giving up a late goal and facing the prospect of a shootout. 

#2563843 1/15 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Blues 2 (OT)

Posted by Playmaker on 16 January 2015 - 11:04 PM

They are who they we thought they were. Maybe even a little bit better.  Who thought Jimmy Howard would be an all-star? Tatar and Nyquist are leading the team in goals and appear to be avoiding the sophomore slump. Datsyuk and Zetterberg have been themselves.  DeKeyser and Smith have matured.  The PP and PK have improved.  Helm and Abdelkader are contributing.  They're not an elite team, and I never expected them to be.  They've won some games they shouldn't and lost some they should have won. They're not a perfect team with all perfect players,  but overall, they've been entertaining and I'm not going to overanalyze it.  The future looks much brighter than it did just a year ago.  I know they probably won't win the Cup this year, and I'm okay with that.  

#2562539 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by Playmaker on 11 January 2015 - 08:34 PM


Wait until that happens or if it does?


Rest?  It's not like the All Star game is taxing.  It's suppose to be fun.

It's like saying going on a business trip is fun.  They still have to travel, stay in a hotel, do endless interviews, participate in skills competitions, play in a meaningless game and try not to get hurt or stay at home with your family, maybe go to a warm sunny climate, have a few adult beverages, etc.  I'd rather have Z and Pav be off their feet and relaxing instead of going to the stupid all star game.

#2560104 Red Army Documentary

Posted by Playmaker on 01 January 2015 - 09:34 AM

Its scheduled to be out in limited release January 23, 2015.  ESPN has an upcoming 30 for 30 special about the Miracle on Ice from the Soviet/Russian point of view, and it's aftermath.  Looks as though Slava Fetisov is featured in that one as well.  I think the initial airdate for that special is February 8 on ESPN.

#2559162 NJ fires DeBoer. Scott Stevens & Adam Oates named coaches

Posted by Playmaker on 27 December 2014 - 11:54 AM

The Wings don't need a young defenseman with potential, they have plenty of those.  They need someone in their prime who can step in right now, RH, that can play the point on the PP. 


This situation reinforces the amazing job that Ken Holland has done in rebuilding the Wings on the fly.

#2555243 It's gotta be asked....What's up with Hank?

Posted by Playmaker on 10 December 2014 - 01:30 PM

Too much puffy hearting Emma?


Sheesh, Henrik Zetterberg is probably last on my list of concerns for this team.  Despite the myth that he gives 100% every game and shows up every shift, this is what Z does every season.  He always goes through an extended pointless streak or what not.  But when the team needs him, he's there.  Every guy isn't always on a hot streak at the same time.  That's the difference this year with the team's depth.  Different guys are brining it on any given night.  That's what makes for a winning team.

#2552715 Saluting the fans

Posted by Playmaker on 30 November 2014 - 07:39 AM

The saluting the fans thing is neither here nor there to me. 


I admire fans like those of the Leafs and those of the Lions and other teams who stick with them through thick and thin, through more losses than wins, good players, owners, coaches and bad.  I think there's only very few professional sports organizations who really "don't care" and dump star players because they're too cheap and have no interest in building a winner.  I know many believe it's as simple as getting good players, hire the right coaches, draft well, get the best scouts...but that's easier said than done.  It isn't like the Leafs haven't spent money.


I think if you want to talk fickle, arrogant and entitled fans, look no further than right here.  Getting into the playoffs now has become a big yawn and it's wake me when we get to the Conference finals mentality.  Who cares if we've won 4 Cups, we can't miss the playoffs, we have to be contenders for the Cup every. single. year. Every decent free agent must sign with us and if they don't fire Holland, what's that guy ever done anyway? In the late 90s, there were thousands on a wait list to get season tickets, now they're running ads during games to get your seats for this great up coming game and throwing in all the gimmicks to boot.  Don't even get me started on the faux "sellouts". 

#2552676 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by Playmaker on 29 November 2014 - 03:06 PM

I'm not going to overthink or overanalyze this season and just enjoy it.  It's been cool to enjoy watching the Wings again.  It's such a far cry from last season.  Could it be possible the brain trust does know what it's doing?

#2550876 Alfie not playing this season

Posted by Playmaker on 21 November 2014 - 09:31 PM

As much as I will miss the leadership in the locker room, his absence is giving the kids a chance to play.  The kids are part of the reason why I enjoy watching the Wings this season.  The kids are our future, and so far the future is very bright.

The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades....

#2550784 Alfie not playing this season

Posted by Playmaker on 21 November 2014 - 01:50 PM

I kind of felt like he was never "ours".  Having guys like Yzerman, Lidstrom, etc stay for their entire careers, I feel disappointed that he had to leave Ottawa.  That it only turned out to be for one season makes it especially unfortunate. 

#2550738 CBJ's Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Posted by Playmaker on 21 November 2014 - 10:00 AM

Higher standards in that I went there and YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH

I see both sides of this one, but I've gotta say--hiring a professional that is skilled in handling large amounts of money does not equal not trusting your parents. My mom is my favorite person in the world, great at her job, and I trust her beyond any other human on this earth. That being said: she knows f*** all about handling millions of dollars (not to mention she can't remember where she put her own glasses half the time), and I would never place her in that position because she would feel terrible when she inevitably screwed everything up. Add that to the fact that JJ's parents sound like absolute trash cans, sprinkle in a little bit of why the hell would he give them power of attorney and you have one big WTF Pot Pie. Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?

Sad situation either way--hopefully he learns from this and moves on, but from the sounds of it he'll unfortunately be moving on without his parents.

I knew there was something especially intelligent about you  ;)


I'd give my mom every cent every day of the week and twice on Sundays.  I'd likely get double back.  


I don't know what lead to him firing Pat Brisson, but it doesn't necessarily mean it was a bad thing for him.  Agents negotiate contracts, they don't necessarily give financial advice.  In someone like Jack Johnson's case, he may have felt Brisson was spending too much time with his "star" clients and not enough with him.  As far as Crosby, Kane, Toewes, etc, they have good contracts, we don't know how or who is managing their money.  Just because they haven't filed for bankruptcy doesn't mean they're necessarily making all the right moves with their money either.


If anyone else saw the ESPN 30 for 30, Broke, you'd see that there are agents, lawyers, investors, parents, siblings and others who have taken advantage of athletes.  Many of them who were thought of as "professional" and "trustworthy".  Sometimes it's a deliberate scam, other times it's an attempt to turn a good amount of money into an obscene amount of money in what may have seemed like a good investment.  Many of them often mistakenly thought their agent was "handling" things.  


In any case, sounds like this all happened relatively quickly and it isn't like he let it go on for years before he noticed anything.  I hope it all works out well for him.