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#2540742 Fan turnout at last night's Panthers' game

Posted by matthewdanna on 15 October 2014 - 01:16 AM

Watched some on TV. Was seriously a joke, worse turnout I've ever seen at a major sporting event, including preseason games. It was just a sea of empty seats. Team obviously needs to be moved and rebranded. One hockey team for Florida is enough. 




Here's what you do (Bettman)... move Florida to whichever Eastern Canadian city you want to grace with a team (Hamilton, Quebec City, etc.), redraw the divisions, and expand two teams.


My solution:

Metropolitan (almost all of these teams are near the Atlantic)--> Atlantic: Carolina, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington

Atlantic (only one team is actually on the Atlantic)--> Northeast: Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, ColumbusHamilton/Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto,   

Midwest: Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, Saskatoon/Kansas City, St. Louis, Winnepeg

Pacific: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Pheonix, San Jose, Seattle, Vancouver

#2539714 10/9 GDT : Bruins 1 at Red Wings 2.

Posted by matthewdanna on 10 October 2014 - 11:09 AM

How'd Nesty look?


Not too noticeable, but played hard... skated fine. No major mistakes and didn't fall down (Cleary). Need to see him play more.

#2539656 10/9 GDT : Bruins 1 at Red Wings 2.

Posted by matthewdanna on 10 October 2014 - 03:35 AM

Didn't watch it until midnight PST...


B.Smith = fricking awesome game. I don't even care about the penalty... thought he was right there with DD for 2nd star.

Franzen = badass... he did it all tonight. Give him credit.


Other than that... great energy in the 2nd and beginning of 3rd putting pressure on Boston. Ran out of gas at the end a little but, still a decent effort.


2 pts!

#2537876 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by matthewdanna on 01 October 2014 - 12:49 AM

Babs is the best coach in the sport of hockey. He can name is price and term as far as I'm concerned.

#2533338 Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by matthewdanna on 30 July 2014 - 01:26 AM

MOST IMPORTANTLY... he ain't getting traded. 

#2531445 Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

Posted by matthewdanna on 11 July 2014 - 01:02 AM



So let's say we sign Alfie and with Jurco up we have 15 forwards... one too many.


If Cleary gets dramatically outplayed in camp, or a month into the season he just plain awful, we send him to GR, he passes through waivers and we eat $1.5M in cap space and we bring Jurco back up.


Someone gets hurt in camp and the point is moot to start the year...


Cleary turns water into wine, raises the dead, and [insert your own favorite cliche].


One or more of our forwards is/are getting traded


Maybe we have someone hurt the majority of the year, he's up on the big team, but is a healthy scratch most of the time... then he could be a like another coach/mentor for the young guys that are up.


Who knows what was actually said behind closed doors last year. If the DRW are just keeping their word on some deal they promised then they are doing the honorable thing. Now, I wouldn't have signed him last year in the first place, but I kinda look at it as if Holland signed him to a two year dear last year (cough Quincey this year)... The bell was already rung on this deal.


I'd still say that we have bigger fish to fry. I DO believe we need a RH D-man and that means trading one of our D-men at some point.

#2518682 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by matthewdanna on 01 May 2014 - 01:27 PM

I honestly doubt that Calle would have cracked our lineup. We have a S-ton of centers.  The way I see it Sheahan > Jarnkrok

#2488412 Edler-Kesler Vs. Ehrhoff-Stewart

Posted by matthewdanna on 01 March 2014 - 07:58 PM

We aren't making a trade. We don't have expendable assets, it's that simple.

#2487808 2/27 GDT : Red Wings 6 at Senators 1, Franzen w/Hat Trick

Posted by matthewdanna on 28 February 2014 - 01:03 PM

Where is all the Franzen haters at today? Him and his stupid extremely low 3.9 cap hit need to be traded I thought? For Elder?



#2481778 So what do we call the 26 - 15 - 21 line?

Posted by matthewdanna on 06 February 2014 - 05:30 PM

The Tommy Tubbies

#2481775 Predicting our RFA Contracts

Posted by matthewdanna on 06 February 2014 - 05:24 PM

Wow, you guys are generous when it comes to someone else's money


None of these guys have earned that much of a raise....this is more like it...



Dekeyser - 2yrs @ $2.5M-$2.75M per.


Tatar - 2yrs @ $1.125M-$1.5M per


Sheahan - See Tatar


Glendening - 2yrs @ $925K per


..after these contracts, then they may hit paydirt.


I say 2 years because these guys will still be RFA's after the contract (as someone mentioned above) that way you have exclusive rights to them.  After 2 years, I can see some of those numbers you guys are talking about, on 5-8 year contract...maybe more than you guys are talking about!

Leftwinger is closer to reality...


I'll go a little lower


DeKeyser 2.65 for 2 years

Tatar 1.2 for 2 years

Sheahan 850K for 2 years

Glendening 700K for 2 year

#2481773 Olympics provide much needed time off for Red Wings

Posted by matthewdanna on 06 February 2014 - 05:17 PM

half our team is playing in the Olympics...

#2478778 Franzen Placed on IR

Posted by matthewdanna on 29 January 2014 - 04:34 PM

Can the DRW prevent him from playing in the Olympics?  If they can, they should.

He shouldn't see the ice until after the Olympics.  The DRW pay his salary, not Sweden.


That being said, I hope Sweden and Russia bow out early and do not make the medal rounds.  Let the Canadians get beat up.

#2461199 12/4 GDT : Flyers 6 at Red Wings 3

Posted by matthewdanna on 05 December 2013 - 12:28 AM

Wow, that hurt...


Totally outplayed in the 3rd as we stopped skating.  Didn't get our second shot of the period until about 7:30 left to play.


Though we played OK at even strength for stretches (mostly in the 2nd) you could really see how badly we miss Pav and Z on the special teams. PK was obviously terrible, but I would argue the PP was worse - we gave away too many PP opportunities without mounting chances.  The goalie has to be your best player on the PK and that did not happen tonight. Howie's glove-side got dominated today and I could argue 2-3 of those goals should (not could) have been saved.


I think Monster should get the next start and stay in net until he loses.


I'm pissed that Tatar's two goals got wasted.


I will say that I thought Helm never gave up and Mule did rise to the challenge and skated well, but at times we were out of position and didn't skate - for example, Kindl played his worst game of the year IMO


ALSO, and this is something I was really pissed about, Philly beat us up in the 2nd and we didn't fight back.  They took the fight out of us and it looked like we just conceded and went through the motions in the 3rd.  Somebody needed to step up and fight... whether it was the punch on Gus or the boarding on Abby I do not understand why someone didn't drop the gloves - made me think we should have brought Tootoo up instead of Emdog.


And finally (forgive me if someone has already mentioned this) I decided to play the Cleary drinking game at take a shot for every time Cleary fell down... at least I had that going for me.


Philly's 3rd line and PP killed us and we deserved to lose that game... hope it lights a fire under the boys for the next one.

#2460581 12/4 GDT : Flyers 6 at Red Wings 3

Posted by matthewdanna on 04 December 2013 - 02:56 AM

With Bert out I say give Weiss a shot on the 1st line with Gus and Mule and let Emdog center the 4th line.