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#2678321 Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 June 2016 - 09:47 AM


The first statement in bold is incorrect - in his official retirement press conference, he was asked if he knew about the age 35+ rule when he signed the 3 year extension and the financial implications it would have on this team: His answer "Yeah I know, they explain me everything - Yes I know". (https://www.nhl.com/...7578/c-44232103) - fast forward to the 7:13 mark.


The second statement in bold is exactly why he shouldn't have his number retired, nor will the organization celebrate him much moving forward.


He was absolutely one of the best two-way players we have had on this team, and he left on the worst terms I can remember. To say that we offered him a hometown discount is generally true, but also a very ironic statement. We seem to forget that in 2001 - he came to a championship caliber team, to learn from the best coach in NHL history at a time when the KHL was incomparable in terms of player salary. In the 14 years he played here, he amassed over $80,000,000 USD - which actually would have made Russia the "hometown discount" had he stayed there his entire career.


The reason I can't side with him here, has more to do with the collateral effects this decision renders - more than him deciding to leave early. He signed a 3 year contract extension exactly 2 years ago, and apparently needed convincing to honour even the 2nd year before doing the exact same thing in Russia. That disregard toward the ownership/franchise that took a chance/invested heavily into him makes it clear that he absolutely doesn't care about the state of this team, or the fact that (1) unloading his contract is going to cost us a valuable asset or (2) if we fail to unload his cap hit, we cant sign an equivalent replacement. 


All in all, from the start of this post-season when he approved the release of an article that confirmed he was heading back home - which was an ill timed distraction - to the news of this weekend, I can't say any of it sits well with me. He failed to do what was so obviously the right thing in this case, and play out the final year. I would understand injury, or perhaps a legitimate family situation - but to simply go home (considering the impact it has on the Red Wings) a year early makes me feel like when he needed us, we gave him every opportunity and more to succeed and make his "family" a lot more money than Russia could have. But the KHL has evolved, and maybe now that he doesn't need us as much as he once did - his decision becomes one out of preference rather than respect.


You've convinced me.  Datsyuk screwed the Wings.  

#2676004 Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

Posted by Echolalia on 15 May 2016 - 07:21 PM

I'm impressed with your stalking skills kickazz

#2675078 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by Mckinley25 on 04 May 2016 - 11:17 AM

One way to wake them up is to talk about firing Ken Holland. Me simply mentioning that might have already done it.

Or talk about Cleary in a Franzen thread.

#2674963 This hits the nail on the head......

Posted by krsmith17 on 03 May 2016 - 10:49 AM

Four years is an eternity in professional sports? Seriously? In what sense? I'd love to hear your rationale on this...


"The ship" is not sinking. How difficult is it for some people to understand that we are in the process of a "rebuild"? We are and have been in the process of transitioning from the vets to the youth over the past few seasons, and we've still made the playoffs every season since then. But that's not good enough. People want us to fade from the Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall era to the Larkin, Mantha, DeKeyser era all while winning Cups every year along the way. It's completely unrealistic expectations.


I'm sure not a single Red Wing player, management or fan is at all happy with the end result of any of the past five or so seasons. However, the players, management and most reasonable fans understand that there is a process we need to go through in order to get back to the top. Some think we should completely "tank" and others are quite happy to see us continue to make it into the playoffs every year, continue developing the young talent, and eventually we should be in a good enough position to make some moves and turn this team back into a contender. I believe that should start this season. We should make a trade or two to upgrade our defense, continue to transition from the vets to the youth, and squeak into the playoffs for the final year at the Joe. After next season is when we should start to see some huge changes getting ready for the new, highly controversial Little Caesar's Arena. In short, I think this team has a very bright future, I am very happy with where we're headed, but no I am not content with just making the playoffs every season, and neither is anyone else...

#2674470 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by NerveDamage on 29 April 2016 - 01:55 PM

along with the new arena, LC is also sponsoring the future Red Wings 3rd or alternate jersey


credit to @NickRobbins23 

#2674319 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by roboturner on 28 April 2016 - 07:13 PM

Instead of The Joe the nickname will be The Dough

#2674225 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by Wingnut1989 on 28 April 2016 - 01:48 PM

Little Ceasers Pizzarena!

#2670338 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by marcaractac on 17 April 2016 - 07:32 PM

"Why is Andersson even in the NHL?"



You win this round... 

#2670324 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 17 April 2016 - 07:28 PM

Lol LGW is going to implode. Anderson just set up the goal

#2670045 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 17 April 2016 - 04:05 PM

Just Read Khans tweet quoting Blashill "Smith is in, he can provide a spark, not sure who's out - will decide before warmups". Followed up by: "Smith hasn't been out because he was bad, he was out because I have 7 good Defenceman and I can only play 6"


I would argue that he has 1 or 2 Good Defenceman but has to play 6... As for the spark? Smith had 2 assists in his past 17 games before being scratched for a month...? Sure! throw him into the fire in a must win Game 3 - without knowing who your going to sit - because his offense is just too dynamic to ignore?

Am I missing something?

You don't sit for over a month because everyone else is good. You rotate in. Smith has sucked and Blashill's pathology games are transparent.

#2668524 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by NerveDamage on 14 April 2016 - 04:07 PM

I knew I recognized Blash from somewhere



#2668462 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by HadThomasVokounOnFortSt on 14 April 2016 - 11:09 AM

Seven pages of fans trying to talk themselves into thinking we have a chance. We don't. TB was faster and more physical then we were, they are missing their 2 best players, and they still won.

1 game and couple defensive breakdowns led to there goals. Couple corrections and we are fine. It was actually a very even game..

#2668441 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by toby91_ca on 14 April 2016 - 08:34 AM

To change the discussion a bit, I thought Drouin was pretty decent...total surprise based on how the year has gone..surprise he's even with the team.

#2667348 Mantha

Posted by nyqvististhefuture on 12 April 2016 - 06:07 PM

Please don't board me with such meaningless justifications!!!
If anyone can retrieve pucks for Pav we know it's Helm.

Why can't Anderson retrieve the puck? Is the oh great only limited to faceoffs? Can he only play 5 minutes of hockey or less or his greatness will be tarnished ?

Right next to Jose Canseco on Twitter - you may be the most un-intentionally funny person on the Internet.
Try and be more serious though

Haa look who'sf****** talking ... Your Andersson jokes are over kill already

#2667344 Mantha

Posted by nyqvististhefuture on 12 April 2016 - 06:02 PM

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What happens if we win game 1 and lose 4 in a row after ? You were right and we were wrong ?
Who the f*** made you the expert
And where was all this Andersson love when he was here last year ?

Shoot, you mean there's a legitimate chance Andersson doesn't get a hat trick tommorow or win the Conn Smythe this season? It's surreal to envision, but I guess I won't be known as an expert anymore if that scenario doesn't materialize.


Sorry to be the messenger and hurt your massive ego but your far from the expert , where was this Andersson love before he got called up? Did you pick him up in a bar last weekend ?

3 points in 10 games, 2 of them n the PP where he's been replaced.  He's not suited to the role they want from the 4th line.

What has brad Richards done on the ppl? Or anyone else for that matter ? Let's not play games , he's just being s*** on cause he's the kid and the easy target

Loads of players have went on long streaks this season without a goal

Hey Let's blame mantha

Why the f*** do people keeo saying Mantha isn't suited for the 4th line? No s***! You know who is suited for the 4th line? Helm, Sheahan, Glendening. You know who isn't suited for the NHL? Andersson. Scratch Andersson, play 3 guys that would make a scary shutdown line, and use Mantha in the top 9, where he can actually contribute offensively...

You know who doesn't belong on the 4th line? Athanasiou ... But hey he's a kid

I'm starting to think we're dealing with holland's family members here ... Well and the obvious boy crush on Anderson over here

Great idea genius.
How the heck is El Chapo Andersson going to capture that elusive Conn Smythe from the AHL?
Makes no sense to me.
But MANTHA.... Nothing says "Top 6" in the NHL playoffs against the Stanley Cup runner up like 10 GP with 3 points to show for it.

Can anyone call up ken holland and put this moron on the team and give him powerplay time ?

It be nice to see him rammed into the boards ... It be worth the 5 minute penalty kill and multiple goals we'd be letting in

Right now we got Tatar, Nyquist, AA who can't play defense but have proven to be able to score and be effective in a limited role and that's enough of those kind of guys. We can't have half the team unable to take defensive zone face offs
Mantha dominating the AHL playoffs And being a go to guy is more beneficial for his development anyways. He hasn't come close to being the leader offensively of the Griffins so that's a little concerning

Problem is Tatar and nyquist along with multiple offensive players we have , have proven they can go on very long stretches without scoring goals ... And athanasiou on a 4th , that makes no sense