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#2620783 Lovable Dan Cleary update thread

Posted by roboturner on 17 July 2015 - 03:02 PM

My sister passed away about 3 weeks ago from cancer.

 

A couple of seasons ago she had a chance to go to a Wings game.

 

My dad had been in contact with the Wings people and they were trying to work out who she might want to meet if she got the chance. It was up to me to ask her who she wanted to meet. Of course, we were trying to surprise her so I didn't want to just come out and say "Hey you're probably going to get to meet one of the players, who do you want to meet?"

 

So i would ask, "Hey Care, if you got to meet anybody on the wings who would you want to meet?"

 

"DAN CLEARY!" she'd exclaim.

 

So a couple of days later I would ask again. "DAN CLEARY!!" was the answer I got again.

 

She knew they were going to be going to the game when she went down to Ann Arbor, so I tried again, "No..Seriously....If you really got to meet one of the current Wings players when you go to the game, who would it be?"  I could not have given her a bigger hint without flat out just telling her!

 

"DAN CLEARY!"

 

So she and my dad and uncle went to the game and had a good time. Then the game was over. As they are trying to 'leave' the building, my uncle is leading the way with directions on where to go with my dad and sister following him. She still has no idea.

 

They end up in an area where she figures they aren't supposed to be. "Are we allowed down this way?"

 

Finally they end up standing against a wall with a bunch of other people with a Wings/arena employee telling them to just wait where they are.

 

"Are we meeting players?!" She had finally figured it out.

 

While they were waiting she felt she had accidentally bumped into someone behind her. She turned to say she was sorry to them. But nothing came out of her mouth. It was Nicklas Lidstrom that she had bumped into!! (This was during his last season when he wasn't playing due to his ankle) He saw she was trying to apologize and told her it was no big deal. Other players like Pavel and Zetterberg had walked through the hallway where they were waiting.

 

Finally Dan Cleary came out and asked "Are you Carrie?"

 

I don't remember much of what else happened (I wasn't there, just heard the stories afterward), but he was super nice to her, took a couple of pictures, and signed some things.

The jersey says

"To: Carrie    Best Wishes

 Your friend, Dan Clear 11"

 

He also had a signed bobble head sent to our house a couple of weeks later.

 

I always teased her about wanting to meet Cleary over anybody else, but she really enjoyed the whole experience

 

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#2620784 Lovable Dan Cleary update thread

Posted by FlashyG on 17 July 2015 - 03:14 PM

Sometimes its easy to forget that while Dan Cleary the player has long since outlived his usefulness as a Detroit Red Wing, that Dan Cleary the man is actually a great person and a wonderful ambassador for not just the Red Wings but professional athletes in general. That story above my post is a good reminder of that.

 

In no way do I want him taking a roster spot up on the team anymore, but I'll always respect how he turned his career around with the Wings and his contributions to the team over the years.




#2614756 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by kipwinger on 16 June 2015 - 10:57 AM

To tell the truth, I'm happy about this.  I don't want a division rival winning the Cup.  I didn't want the Stanley Cup in the south, getting gawked at by mildly bemused tourists and local swamp rats.  I don't ever want to hear "The Stanley Cup gets a sun tan" ever again.  *Puke*.  I don't give a crap about "Stevie winning one", because he stopped mattering to me the second he started working for a rival organization.   In short, NOTHING about Tampa winning the Cup would have felt good to me.  I don't care about their players, coach, staff, GM, city, or state.

 

Secondly, I don't feel threatened by this.  At all. The new Chicago dynasty is (so far) more impressive than our dynasty from 97-08.  So what?  We still won 4 Cups in 11 years, had top end talent to watch, and made  the playoffs every single year.  It's still SUPER impressive.  Just because the 80's Islanders weren't the 80's Oilers doesn't make them any less awesome.  This just put a stamp on something we all already knew.  We're no longer the league's model franchise.  Oh well, doesn't make our run at the top any less impressive. 




#2614670 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 June 2015 - 10:19 PM

Toews has 3 cups, Zetterberg will NEVER get that. And Kane now has three cups and starting tearing up the NHL playoffs WAY before Datsyuk in age. Give me Toews and Kane over D and Z ANY DAY of the week. Only blind homers will say otherwise.

I've thought this before and now I am pissed of enough to type it: I highly doubt you are a wings fan and that's obvious after reading some of your postings..

Maybe a Leafs or even Hawks troll..


#2612887 The "enigmatic" Tomas Jurco: A Thread

Posted by wings87 on 02 June 2015 - 06:00 PM

I don't think you can call him enigmatic after 2 seasons. He's had 1 good year and 1 bad, that's all there is to it. With Blashill coming in he'll be used properly (scoring role, not checking). So I expect a better year from him.


#2612547 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Jacksoni on 31 May 2015 - 04:44 PM

Update? Stream I was watching just reverted to game 4.

 

Check pm. Adblocker on.




#2609732 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by F.Michael on 22 May 2015 - 02:28 PM

Best wishes to Mike Babcock, and his family.

 

He's a class act in my humble opinion.

 

No issues from me with his decision.




#2609626 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by kipwinger on 22 May 2015 - 09:16 AM

 

Not necessarily. I'd agree with you but there wasn't a bidding war from the Leafs side according to Shanny and Babs. The Leafs made the offer before Babcock was heading to Prague. The only one that raised their offer were the Red Wings. If you believe that is of course your choice, but I haven't seen any media piece that says otherwise. What does it tell us ? Well, Babs didn't demand that kind of money and I'm sure he'd still choose the Maple Leafs if we matched that offer or if the Leafs offer wasn't better than our first.

 

"It all comes down to cash" is a too simple answer.  Decisions are made because of a number of reasons. Money may have played a role, but all the other factors mentioned here in the thread and by Babs were probably more significant. If everything came down to money no one would have blamed Babs if he said so. He could have just sat in the presser and told the media that the Leafs made the best offer money wise. Would you blamed him ? I sure wouldn't. Almost nobody would. Instead he made lengthy explanation that sounds reasonable for a guy like him.

 

He did say that in the presser.  He said that Toronto made an offer he couldn't refuse.  Every other thing he said would factor into the decision went right out the window when that offer was made. 

 

He said his family's input would make a difference.  They wanted to stay.  He left.

He said he didn't want to be part of a rebuild.  Toronto is rebuilding.  He signed.

He was concerned about Detroit's future prospects.  Ours are better than Toronto's.  He signed with them.

He said he wants to win.  Went to one of the league's worst franchises.

 

I'm not even lambasting the guy.  I'd have left for that money too.  I'm just wondering why everybody feels the need to act like this was all about something it wasn't. 

 

Detroit has a long history of people who have PROVEN that they'd rather win than make the most money.  Not just said it.  Did it.  They've done it over and over and over.  From Holland to all of our star players, each could have made more money if they'd hit the free market.  They chose not to because they liked being here, and so they were willing to take less. 

 

But Mike Babcock isn't one of those guys.  He's not Nick Lidstom.  He's Sergei Fedorov.  Nothing wrong with Sergei, great Wing, great player, decent guy.  Same with Babs.  But they both chased the money.  Plain and simple. 




#2607491 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by number9 on 13 May 2015 - 11:11 AM

Can we all stop with the political discussion.  I know that nobody means any harm, but this isn't really the place for it. 

 

^ found the guy on welfare  :lol:




#2607262 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 11 May 2015 - 09:48 PM

I've had a really hard time getting intrigued by any of this..
I've came to the conclusion that.

I honestly don't care what happens.
The beauty of having been a fan of this franchise all my life has taught me that no matter what they do, they'll be competitive and most likely, at least make the playoffs.
Sure, some of you can give me one hundred reasons why this may be coming to an end, and some of them, I see some semblance of a cause for concern...
But they'll be fine either way.
I just really.
Truly.
Could not care less about this.
I have faith in the franchise, not a singular person in it.
The sum is greater than the parts.
Blahblahblah.


#2606488 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 07 May 2015 - 08:21 AM

Ugh, I don't know why I have such an aversion to guys sliding across the ice on their knees.  I mean, I realize it's an important game, and you just scored a hat trick, and that tons of guys have done way worse and all.  But I still get this overwhelming urge to throw a battery at his head when I see him do it. 




#2604398 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by Nightfall on 29 April 2015 - 09:07 PM

SCREW THIS TEAM SCREW THE STUPID PLAYOFF STREAK! SEEEYA LATER BABCOCK BLOW THIS s*** UP EVERY YEAR SINCE 08 WE HAVE DONE THE SAME s***BLOW IT UP WE WONT WIN A CUP EVER AGAIN WITH THIS CORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This is the start of the forum turning into a toilet on the verge of flushing.....

 

What a great series.  Wish it turned out different, but that is the way the cookie crumbles. 

 

Look at the bright side, the Griffins won tonight and they are going to get some horses back for their playoff run.




#2604034 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by GoWings1905 on 29 April 2015 - 08:12 PM

I'm not sure Zidlicky makes the play Kindl just did.


#2602752 Predictions: Game 7 vs. TBL

Posted by rick zombo on 28 April 2015 - 01:59 PM

Oh come on Rick. You talk about hockey - you know the game - give us some real thoughts, please.

 

Real thoughts. It will take either some really bad luck, or an incredible effort from Tampa to end Detroit's season tomorrow. Babcock will have a plan, the structure will be in place and all the heat is on Tampa. 4-2 Wings.




#2602234 ECQF Game 6 GDT : Lightning 5 at Red Wings 2 - Series Tied 3-3

Posted by MTU_Huskies963 on 27 April 2015 - 08:22 PM

He's been pretty poor this series. I thought he was decent in the regular season though.


well when you play on the devils lately you tend to forget what the playoffs are like