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#2674729 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by DickieDunn on 01 May 2016 - 09:26 AM

1) the Skankees also charge more than an average mortgage to take your family to a game. They don't need the revenue.

2) Corporate naming rights are the norm, and it could have been worse.

3) It doesn't matter what they call it, if the team is good it will be packed, of the team sucks it will be empty.

#2674313 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by DickieDunn on 28 April 2016 - 07:07 PM

What I expected

#2673850 Ownership shows Support for Kenny Holland

Posted by DickieDunn on 26 April 2016 - 01:39 PM

If you think this class is weak, wait until next year.  Lots of 35+ players contracts expiring and not much else.  Hedman will be a UFA next year, but I can't imagine he'll make it that far especially if Stamkos does leave TB.
In today's NHL, who would be willing to part with a top pairing defenseman?  I agree that we need a stud d-man, but who are you thinking about getting that anyone would be willing to part with?  PK Subban?  Shea Weber?  Ryan Suter?  Kris Letang?  Alex Pieterangelo?  Drew Doughty?  Erik Karlsson?  Those are some of the best in the league right now and I can't imagine any of them moving even if we offered Dylan Larkin.  Even if we were able to swing a deal for one of those guys or some other top tier d-man, that's not really going to fix the problem.  The unit as a whole isn't very good.   The UFA defensemen aren't great, but they're better than what we currently have and I think several minor upgrades would be in our best interest considering the unavailability of top tier d-men around the league.

Trouba might be available. The Jets have 3 defensemen with a nmc, they'll either have to expose Trouba or only protect 4 forwards as it stands now, assuming the PA gets their way and players with a nmc have to be protected. Unless they make a deal with the expansion team(s) they'd lose someone they really don't want to lose. Trading Trouba or convincing one of the others to waive their clause is their best option.

#2673103 Pavel Datsyuk Career Appreciation Thread (Mod Warning Post #40)

Posted by DickieDunn on 22 April 2016 - 10:20 PM

I always liked it when someone was going to hit him and he'd move so they'd hit a teammate instead

#2672989 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by DickieDunn on 22 April 2016 - 12:58 PM

That look on his face when things go wrong

#2672035 Fixing this mess....

Posted by DickieDunn on 21 April 2016 - 07:38 AM

Sharp and Zetterberg is an apples to oranges comparison. Beyond what theyean to the team, Sharp doesn't have a big recapture penalty if he retires early, and if the Wings traded Zetterberg, why would he do them a favor by playing the LTIR game when he decides to hang them up?

#2671972 Fixing this mess....

Posted by DickieDunn on 20 April 2016 - 07:18 PM

This team has too much talent to be this bad on the PP and PK. Blashcock needs to make major changes on how he runs the team or be gone, and they need to replace their assistant.

#2671939 Fixing this mess....

Posted by DickieDunn on 20 April 2016 - 04:32 PM

Zetterberg should be joining them as part of their playoff run.  Maybe he'll be a beast in some playoffs again.  

Isn't a GM supposed to be more forward looking than fans and have better instincts?  Yes, any fan back then would have kept Franzen over Hossa, but Holland gets paid the big bucks we don't to make moves we wouldn't be smart enough to make.  

Pretty hard to predict injuries

#2669859 Fixing this mess....

Posted by DickieDunn on 16 April 2016 - 06:51 PM

Take out the trash, fire Blash!!!!!!

#2667319 Mantha

Posted by DickieDunn on 12 April 2016 - 03:47 PM

Watching the gymnastics some people do to defend their boy, whoever it happens to be, is pretty entertaining.


Mantha was a defensive liability who wasn't producing.  So are several other players, but most of them have a history of producing in the NHL, at moreso than Mantha does.  Hollands quote, while harsh, was accurate.  Mantha wasn't a key player for the Griffs last year.  Expecting him from going from a decent AHL player to the savior in Detroit is asinine.

#2667294 Fixing this mess....

Posted by DickieDunn on 12 April 2016 - 01:07 PM

I don't get some of you guys dislike for Dekeyser. He is a legit 50 Dman in the NHL and by far the best we have. Is he a #1? No. But he is a #2. #2 Dmen make 6-7 million per year. You don't have to like that but that is the market rate and what he will get paid. We need to lock him up for the next 8 years and be happy we have him. Then go get him some help because this year he was largely doing it all by himself.


12 defensemen have cap hits of $6 mil or more.  29 have cap hits of $5.5 or more.  Even factoring in increased contracts, which will by stifled this year because of a lower than normal rise in the cap, he isn't worth that much, nor would I give him a 7 or 8 year contract. 

Here's my issue, and I understand the market, BUT I hate that the market dictates to salary and not performance.  Just because he is a #2 here, he could be only a #4 on most others, so we have to base his salary on the fact that 29 other #2 guys make $6-$7M. That is why I said I miss when you actually had to earn your contract...


anyhow, if Holland gives DD $6M that would give you two $6M guys and two others making a combined $9M.  So just becuase the market dictates it, we should pay 4 D-Men $21M? What are you going to have to pay Yandle to be your #1? $8M?  I'm fine with giving DD $4.5M but no more.  He can ave a 2 year bridge deal, then after that he can get his 8 years.


I only wish that things can be written in contracts that if you don't play to your market value deal, then you give up salary to the market value of how you are playing...


I have no ill will for DD, for pete's sake I was one of if not the 1st person to mention him possibly signing here and hold him very high on the totem pole. I have him being one of your future "A's" after Pav and Kronwall....hell, he may get it as soon as next season with all the Pav drama happening...


Define "market value."  It's almost impossible, especially for defensemen

#2667174 Fixing this mess....

Posted by DickieDunn on 11 April 2016 - 09:03 PM

If Holland doesn't trade that contract PLUS gives DD $5.5M, he really needs to be fired!

If he gives Dekeyser that much, I'll camp on his lawn with a Fire Holland sign

#2666649 25 YEARS BABY!

Posted by DickieDunn on 09 April 2016 - 08:03 PM

Like I said before the Rangers game, it all depends on which team shows up, and I haven't seen nearly enough confidence or resiliency from the team to think that they have what it takes to win in the playoffs.

#2665001 4/6 GDT : Philadelphia Flyers at Red Wings, 8:00 ET

Posted by DickieDunn on 06 April 2016 - 08:49 PM

Too bad Howard's just an average backup and isn't a solid starter when he's on his game

#2664601 Fixing this mess....

Posted by DickieDunn on 05 April 2016 - 07:07 PM

Schenn is a third pair guy. Maybe an OK #4. Wings have lots of guys like that, they need a top pair guy.