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Member Since 27 Sep 2013
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In Topic: Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

01 July 2015 - 04:12 PM

Although I knew the Wings were pursuing Green I did not think he would come (but hoped he would very much).

 

Ken Holland, you have pulled a green rabbit out of your butt, good job sir.  I've been critical of Holland lately, in fact just a few days ago ranted probably like everyone else, so to hear that Green took a term cut to play in Detroit surprised me.

 

Awesome.


In Topic: Mike Richard's Contract Terminated (Not Bought Out)

30 June 2015 - 07:14 PM

Let's not Jump to conclusions.
He's a hockey player, hockey players get injured quite a bit, we haven't heard whether he was prescribed the pain meds or not, and it would be irresponsible to speculate at this point.

Is he does have a problem, I hope he gets help.
But the laws about traveling with controlled substances are crazy, even when they're prescribed to you.

So slow it down.

 

Few things, Richards has been known for a few years as a partier of the Cocaine and Ecstasy type.  This has followed him from Philly, players on the ice have taunted him, and if McCarty's bio gives any indication (didn't he pop positive for marijuana 30 times in his career and still played?), then Richards has been repeatedly counciled on his situation, and that's probably what Dean Lombardi was referring to last year, about straightening out etc, and that he felt Richards lied to his face.  Judging by all of this, that has been swirling around him for several years, we can probably speculate this was not an accident.

 

Makes more sense now this is starting to be a sobriety issue.  Regarding Oxy, it is illegal to take across the border period, he would know this.  Sounds like a Bob Probert situation that just so happened to be a god-send coincidence to the Kings who already were trying to dump him.


In Topic: Mike Richard's Contract Terminated (Not Bought Out)

30 June 2015 - 07:05 PM

Leave it to TMZ to have the latest scoop in even hockey news:  Oxycodone at the border folks:

 

http://www.tmz.com/2...anadian-border/

 

Putting everything into perspective, this is no joke of a drug, and chances are he's an addict.  If anyone saw the documentary with Chris Nilan or read about Boogard, looks like another player needs help, seems Oxy is the how they all start.

 

At this point, all I ask, as a fan and a human, is that he gets some help, because he's on a highway to hell with this junk. 


In Topic: Mike Richard's Contract Terminated (Not Bought Out)

30 June 2015 - 08:14 AM

In other articles that were out last week before the draft, Lombardi said his biggest mistake as a GM was not buying out Richards last year.  Mind you this is before this big news.  Dean said they had the buyout in place, but that he wanted to meet with Richards in person and look him in the eye, and against his gut he gave him a second chance.  He said Richards lied to his face about making an improvement and turning things around for the upcoming season.

 

So maybe that's it?  The material breach of contract is him lying to the GM about the steps he will take to improve and he didn't?  Either that or Stoll is buying his drugs from him lol.

 

Here's an arcticle from January about it:

 

http://thehockeywrit...is-big-mistake/


In Topic: The Bowman Effect

21 June 2015 - 09:11 AM

 

I don't hate Bowman, I think he's the greatest coach in NHL history. As a GM however he was bad, very bad. 
 

I didn't say he was the worst though, there are many GM's who were even worse than he was, but that doesn't make his record as a GM any better.

 

He won 5 cups with Montreal, but he had no part in building those teams. Sam Pollock built them, and the core of those teams were in place before Bowman took over as coach. 

 

With the Wings Bowman had to be stripped of his GM powers because he was attempting to trade Yzerman to Ottawa for Alexei Yashin. He played a huge role in their success in his time here, but as a coach, not as a builder of the teams, that credit should go to Jim Devellano, Jim Nill, Bryan Murray, Hakan Andersson and most of all Ken Holland.

 

He is exactly the type of guy to build a team, and there's literally, pages upon pages in google or bing that prove this.  He was the GM in St. Louis for 2 of 3 years and it was his knowledge of the players that resulted in such a successful draft to begin the expansion.  His understanding of player personnel is legendary and that's why teams keep doubling his salary to come on board.  You make it sound as if he forces his way into these teams, it's the other way around, they doubled his salary from Mtl to Buf to Pit to Det.  Granted his impact in Chicago is limited, I'll agree to that, besides the fact that Stan is the product of his seed, so maybe his impact is a little more then we like to admit.

 

Regarding Yzerman, everything is rumor, you and I will never know the full details of what transpired. Yes, Bowman and Yzerman fueded, but the trade was probably more of a scare tactic then anything. As such, you and I will have two different opinions on something that never happened.  So you can't judge a legacy for something that again, never happened.  In the end, Yzerman became exactly the type of player Bowman wanted.  As we all know Bowman was the master of getting into your head to get what he wanted, is it coincidence then? 

 

His influence in the trades in Pittsburg are known.  And here's a short list of players picked up when Bowman was special advisor to Wings and then when he left when Holland

took over. 

 

Bowman Special Advisor Era:

2005 - 2008

  • Mikael Samuelsson
  • Andreas Lilja
  • Chris Osgood
  • Dominik Hasek
  • Danny Markov
  • Brian Rafalski
  • Brad Stuart (trade)
  • Marian Hossa

Holland Era:

2009 - 2015

  • Todd Bertuzzi
  • Jason Williams
  • Mike Modano
  • Carlo Colaiacovo
  • Mikael Samuelsson
  • Stephen Weiss
  • Daniel Alfredsson
  • Marek Zidlicky (trade)
  • Erik Cole (trade)
  • Jordan Tootoo