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#2512782 Lines/Lineup changes for Game 3 (Home game 1)?

Posted by _SP_ on Yesterday, 10:08 PM

Do you guys really think Bert is that much of an upgrade over Alfie? I get that he is physical - but isn't the consensus that our speed is what beats Boston? In that case you keep Bert off the ice. Bert can't be on the ice for 60min policing the game anyways.

I like Alfie a lot, actually, if Z and Datsyuk are healthy, he's on the top line with them.  I just don't think that he fits with what I was trying to do there, unless we're to give Franzen the boot (PLEASEEEEE)

#2511417 Lucic Spearing DeKeyser

Posted by _SP_ on 19 April 2014 - 11:08 AM

I know it was briefly discussed in the GDT, but this should be a topic of concern for Red Wings fans over the next few days.  There is an ENORMOUS difference between playing hard and playing dirty. The jewels are sacred in all sports- boxing, UFC, football, etc.  If the NHL doesn't lay a HEAVY suspension on Lucic (3-4 games) for his actions, I will be extremely disappointed.  It is his SECOND time THIS SEASON doing something like this, although the first one was "light" and "an accident".


Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  He got damn near his entire stick between DeKeyser's legs!  That is not a hockey play at all and he should be sitting for quite some time.  Heck, trying to lay a huge hit and have your skates come off the ice will cause you to sit for at least a week, even if it occurs during a hockey move, but hitting someone between the legs with your stick is brushed off?




That's two shots in less than FOUR weeks, it was caught and replayed on NATIONAL TELEVISION in TWO of the largest NHL markets, and during PLAYOFF HOCKEY.  



There BETTER be a suspension!  Otherwise, the NHL is setting a tone for the rest of the series that the Red Wings might not be able to keep up with.

#2509942 Best Hits from the Playoff Streak

Posted by _SP_ on 16 April 2014 - 12:04 AM

With good reason.  Some of those looked mighty close to undercutting people, clipping knees, and there's no place in hockey for crushing someone into the boards when they're 4-6 feet away from the side- especially the bench.  That's asking for some serious head/neck/face injuries. Why don't we see them anymore?  Because we now know that hits like that lead to PERMANENT and DETERIORATING brain disorders.  

I get as pumped up as the next guy when I see a crushing hit, but you know what? That's not my brother/father/friend who, thirty years from now, will have a hard time writing his name or remembering mine because of hits like that.  

#2471968 Franzen having trouble processing information

Posted by _SP_ on 10 January 2014 - 09:02 PM

A lot of folks have been giving Franzen a hard time over his concussion and I would like to provide my own experience in the hope people can understand that a seemingly innocent 'love tap' can cause a TBI (traumatic brain injury). 


With all the strides being made on TV about concussions, with so many men who have now committed suicide because they could no longer live in such pain, it hurts me that the Wings community is so callous and shallow in their responses to such a very serious injury. 


A brain injury is THE MOST SERIOUS injury a player can sustain, and we as the Wings community should be pulling together to give our fallen warriors their support when this happens.  And not belittle them and accuse them of malingering or lying.


I sustained my first concussion 2 years ago and I've never had any head, neck, back or head injuries in my life (I'm 37, fit, former Marine).  I didn't get hit in the head, I fell down, hard.  So hard in fact that it caused my head to snap back and I got a concussion.  A bad one, it took 6 months before the headaches stopped.  18 months before I didn't have symptoms, but 2 years on I still have some problems.  After 6 months I went to see the specialist Crosby saw in Los Angeles when he wasn't getting better because I wasn't getting better, I had all the classic symptoms and they would just not go away.  The truth is, doctors can't do anything for a concussion, there is no test, there is no drug, there is really no treatment.  When you injure your brain it's a traumatic brain injury and everyone heals different and the only medication is time.


When Franzen says he has a problem processing information I feel for the guy.  I know what that's like, to barely be able to drive yourself to the doctor, to not be able to watch TV, or even wash dishes because there is too much going on and after a few minutes you have to sit down and collect yourself because you're so exhausted.  Or having to take two breaks while walking to get the mail.  Or it takes 5 minutes to type a sentance while writing an email.  This is so frustrating, there is NOTHING you can do but let it run its course.  On the outside one can look strong, fit, and healthy like a mule, but on the inside, the brain is going completely haywire beyond your control.  The way Franzen got popped is how many concussions occur, and since this is not his first concussion he is risking serious injury to his long term brain health.  (Think Junior Seau)


I hope more people will have an open mind when we're talking about a TBI, and do more to help those in need, with understanding and giving people space and time to recover.  But to mock the injury in any way, is cruel and you would not want to go through the same pain of any player having to live with the recovery of this injury.  I am embarrassed by some of these responses I'm reading here, on line and in the news sections, as a Wings fan, as a man, and as a human being.


Thanks for reading.



I am SO sorry that this happened to you and that you've had to go through what you've gone through and that, truthfully, you will have to continue to go through it as well.


I am 22-years-old; I've had two diagnosed concussions, including one from a significant rollover accident (6 times, 4 different ways).  I know what it's like to lose concentration in the middle of a sentence, to catch yourself saying gibberish praying that nobody heard that you can't even put together a complete sentence ocassionally. 


It's embarrassing.  It's painful.  And, worst of all (like you said), there's not a damn thing that anyone can do for you.


You have my empathy and I hope things get better.  After all, it IS possible to see your symptoms fade or become more sporadic.  Especially after your service to all of us, that's the least you deserve.



Take care.

#2471967 Look who's top in GR scoring

Posted by _SP_ on 10 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

I'm just looking forward to seeing ~&~ play.
He was exciting when he was just Steve.



Oh my lord!


Hahahhahahaahhaaha!!! The fact that this was slipped in there AFTER everyone sort of returned to the normal conversation for awhile is HYSTERICAL.


Well played and excellent humor!

#2441448 Nyquist taking things in stride, with class

Posted by _SP_ on 03 October 2013 - 08:37 PM

My Custom Lineup
Matt Moulson ($5.250m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($7.500m) / Ryan Callahan ($6.175m) 
Tomas Tatar ($1.100m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Damien Brunner ($2.500m) 
Gustav Nyquist ($0.950m) / Joakim Andersson ($0.733m) / Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m) 
Drew Miller ($1.350m) / Jay McClement ($2.200m) / Jordin Tootoo ($1.900m) 
Riley Sheahan ($0.715m) / Luke Glendening ($0.605m) 
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Dion Phaneuf ($7.100m) 
Danny DeKeyser ($2.230m) / Jakub Kindl ($2.400m) 
Brendan Smith ($1.263m) / Ryan Sproul ($0.903m) 
Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) 
Jimmy Howard ($5.292m) 
Petr Mrazek ($0.790m) 
Buyout: Johan Franzen ($0.000m) 
Buyout: Darren Helm ($0.458m) 
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,770,833; BONUSES: $477,500
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $6,667




So is a man allowed to dream?  Sigh... Phaneuf is going to get 9/yr, Callahan 8/yr, Moulson 6.5/yr...  Bought out Franzen, Traded Weiss, and Bought out Helms (presuming he remains injured or unable to come back).

#2438454 Jensen out till December/January after fight with Tyler Bertuzzi

Posted by _SP_ on 23 September 2013 - 01:06 AM


Exactly.  Jensen could have easlily just fired back with a "Seriously, you're trying to start s*** at a prospects camp?" and skated away, but he dropped the gloves instead.  He has as much if not more culpability for this as Little Bert.  Still, not a good move by Tyler to stir things up like that in camp which is probably why he got a talking to from Uncle Bert.



From what I could see in the video, Jensen took an unnecessary, minor crosscheck to the back from Bertuzzi.  Then, Jensen crosschecks him above Wing (jerking Bertuzzi's neck), pushes Bertuzzi in the face while Tyler is fixing his helmet, and then pushes him again in the chest/belly.  Play continues and Bertuzzi is riding Jensen as he is heading towards the net.  Jensen crosses the crease and Bertuzzi pushes him in the back after he enters the crease (which he very well should do, Jensen essentially ran over the goalie).  


Jensen gets up, drops his gloves, throws the first couple of punches, they both exchange a few others, and Bertuzzi gets yanked to the ground, tries to regain his balance, and the fight is broken up.


If Jensen got injured, it was his own fault.  He initiated the fight and was as much an instigator during the whole scene as Bertuzzi was.  Sucks, but Bertuzzi shouldn't be getting blamed.

#2427353 is anyone happy right now?

Posted by _SP_ on 05 July 2013 - 03:28 PM



 I just want them to find a way to keep Brunner.  His game is already on par with Samuelsson and his upside is a LOT higher.  The Red Wings should file a grievance against Samuelsson in regards to his "injury" that won't allow them to use a buyout.

#2425567 How much is too much?

Posted by _SP_ on 03 July 2013 - 06:15 PM

"Competitive monopoly" is a rather unique situation that appears in sports more so than other areas of the marketplace. I haven't seen anyone post about it yet, but it's really a big reason on why UFA prices can be so ridiculous.

For example; While there may be five 2C's that are capable of 25 goals 35 assists per year, there is only one Vinny Lecavalier.

If you want a Vinny Lecavalier on your team, the local Sporting goods store does not have five Vinny Lecavaliers on the shelf. There is only one in all of the world.

You could buy a Weiss or a Filp instead, but its not the same as a Vinny. Vinny Lecavalier has a monopoly on Vinny Lecavalier's.  If you want one, you are going to have to bid against everyone else that wants one too.

When you have a monopoly on something,you are a price maker, not a price taker.

The salary cap was meant to level the playing field in regards to acquisition powers. It has proven to be kryptonite to Illitches checkbook and has taken the Mickey out of Hollands off-season. He has chosen not to overpay during UFA season. And I can't blame him. There is only so much pie to slice up for your team.


Quite honestly, the average fan simply doesn't understand this concept.  I post quite a bit about money and financial aspects of sports, because that's what my background is in.  Our fellow fans might be advertising specialists, HVAC installers, car dealers, registered nurses, personal trainers, etc.  They would understand things that I don't and be able to explain them to me while I stare back like a deer in headlights.  I might not understand the full impact an Achilles injury the way the trainer would or discuss the team's marketing plan the way the advertising specialist does; the same way they likely don't understand the business aspect of the sports world.  I don't fault them and I certainly don't look down on them- we all have a better understanding of what it is we actually do day-to-day.  Sure, anyone can play Be a GM Mode on NHL12, but playing arm-chair GM is a heck of a lot different than running a multi-million dollar business, which is a big part of Ken Holland's job.  Hell, most posters have never even seen an NHL contract, let alone read every line.  It's so easy to read the numbers on the ticker at the bottom of the TV screen, but it's so much more complicated than that.  Even the salary cap is complicated- teams don't simply sign x number of players for y amount of money and come up with z salary total (x*y=z)... there's so much more involved.

That's why I try to stay out of financial discussions- I know that I know what I'm talking about, but a) I'm completely anonymous to everyone on here and b) I don't like being lectured to anymore than anyone else on here.  It's hard explaining accounting and business concepts to people that don't do it everyday.  But I want to commend you for this post, you did an excellent job of describing the general concept of free agency in the big four sports.  I think many folks on here will be appreciative of it, even if they aren't in the financial world. 

For everyone else: Just remember, free agency doesn't come down to whether or not Holland wants to pay x-dollars to b-free agent.  So cut the guy a little slack, he's competing with 29 other teams over a laundry list of factors that go into each and every contract.   It's not just a matter of whether Holland appreciates a player's value or not.

#2423996 The CapGeek Thread

Posted by _SP_ on 30 June 2013 - 04:19 PM

You lost me at Stafford. You would give all that for STAFFORD? You have got to be kidding me. I wouldnt give Frk alone for him let alone a great centre prospect a 3rd rounder AND Franzen?




This. That's a king's ransom.



I would almost expect vanek for that much.


They're assuming Franzen's contract.  Just getting a replacement-level player for that would require the team to chip in a prospect. In my opinion, Sheahan's gotta go.  He'll run out of waiver options before the team has an opening, especially with Jarnkrok coming and Andersson coming into his own.  And he's got a bad rep with at least one inside scout that I'm familiar with.  

Nonetheless, here's one thing I try to do when making out a roster:  Never short-change the opposition.  It's more realistic to give up too much in a mock and be kindly surprised than to suggest another team would give up a really good player for next to nothing.  At least you all reading the mock would get an understanding of what I'm trying to do without blowing it off for creating a fantasy roster without any stipulations.  My initial offer to the team would be Franzen and Sheahan for Stafford.  That's a top-six lefty for a top-six righty.  That's a 33-year-old with an extensive contract and a solid center prospect for a 27-year-old with a team-friendly contract.  Numbers come into play with deals like this.  Franzen has another seven years on his contract- that's a huge responsibility for a team to assume, especially one that's rebuilding.  I figure in this scenario the Sabres buy him out after the following year.  Making an owner assume another team's $15 million responsibility likely requires a lot more than just a center prospect.  Which is where Frk and the pick come into play.

#2422600 Hindsight Drafting...

Posted by _SP_ on 27 June 2013 - 12:53 AM

Well, if you're playing hindsight, then those drafts where the Red Wings picked guys that ended up being significant steals (Datsyuk, Zetterberg, etc.), should be changed to reflect that, too.  If the team had better scouts or a crystal ball, then those guys like Erik Cole and Datsyuk would have both been drafted in the first, regardless of where they were still available in real life.  

Otherwise, there's really nothing to be depressed about... stuff happens.

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