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#2343597 1/21: Red Wings 4 at Blue Jackets 3 (SO)

Posted by Seraph on 21 January 2013 - 09:21 PM

Brunner is hungry. I'm digging it.




#2337825 NHL, NHLPA reach tentative agreement on new CBA

Posted by Seraph on 06 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

Did I not say it would happen? We were all losing our minds here. Let's finally gather around the TVs, beers, and ice rinks and enjoy this great sport.


#2337060 NHL submits offer to NHLPA - **Suspension Warning Post #70 & #273*

Posted by Seraph on 29 December 2012 - 10:42 PM

If the NHLPA doesn't take this, they're idiots. The season will be canceled and their bargaining chip will be worthless going into negotiations for next year.




#2333012 Red Wings Off Season: I Give Them an A

Posted by Seraph on 29 October 2012 - 10:08 PM

I think you are being optimistic and there is nothing wrong with that. The fact is that our defense is unproven and it's the first time in a long time that we're going into a season feeling shaky on the back end. You can play various tricks with numbers and stats to convince yourself it's going to be okay, but that's just a more calculated form of optimism. Our off-season acquisitions were not significant enough to make the entire fan base feel equally optimistic, but half the fun is seeing what happens and how we adapt. Though I will say whatever perks you want to cite about signing Samuelsson, Tootoo, and Brunner (bang for buck, etc.) won't mean much if we end up dropping games from our shaky defense. Filling that gap was our top priority that's where I would most heavily weigh the grade. I wouldn't necessarily give us an A, but here's to being proven wrong.


#2332219 NHL Fan Lockout Pledge

Posted by Seraph on 19 October 2012 - 09:52 AM

This is silly. The fact that we're all clattering away on this message board during a lockout is that we're all huge fans of hockey. If the game came back, the last thing I'd want is to financially "punish" the league. I want the game to be popular and strong and I am bothered by those that consider our game a fringe sport. The fact of the matter is that they have a product we love and can use that to their advantage now. It sucks but we have to wait it out until the greed gets worked out.


#2331347 Russians Possibly Staying In KHL After Lockout

Posted by Seraph on 11 October 2012 - 06:00 PM

Hockey players tend to have egos as big as their appetite for cash. As long as the NHL is the most competitive and historic league, they will come back to establish their legacy. Sure it's nice to get paid a competitive salary and be at home, but no one will ever give them props for being one of the greatest while they are in the KHL. They are mad and irrational like us fans, but they'll march right back when things are worked out like us too.


#2330282 Strangest Moments in NHL History

Posted by Seraph on 28 September 2012 - 04:52 PM

Doesn't getting any stranger seeing Mike Milbury hitting a fan with his own shoe... no?




#2329934 Datsyuk scores a goal off his head

Posted by Seraph on 24 September 2012 - 06:12 PM

What a nice mooove.

Veal have to see what else he can do.


#2329614 Jimmy D Speaks out on Lockout, fined $250k

Posted by Seraph on 21 September 2012 - 02:01 PM

Haha, sheep f***er. That made me laugh.

If all the owners are cattle farmers, words like these are certainly prodding for trouble. It's pretty obvious there's a power struggle element to all of this and I fear symbollically whoever is grossing more than 50% is the one wearing the pants in the relationship. What a petty situation to be in.


#2329026 Wings to Europe: Tracking which DRW players are playing where

Posted by Seraph on 16 September 2012 - 02:19 PM

I don't remember who said it, but someone pointed out how a lock-out should be the league's last resort in situations like this. It definitely seems like they've been using it as a first option to push around the NHLPA. I remember when Bettman made the announcement to cancel the season last time, he very clearly stated that the offer they had on the table would have been the best the players would get, and now it's off the table. Then he comes back six years later looking to for a better bargain after the league has had nothing but success. What is wrong with this guy? It shows a real lapse in compassion for the fans. It's one thing to negotiate aggressively, but it's another to take it so far as shutting the game down over and over.

I haven't been overly critical of Bettman over the years because the guy is doing his job by playing hardball and getting done what his employers ask of him. I don't know if it's from Bettman or somewhere else in the chain of command, but it's clear that there is a force out there that generally doesn't understand how much it means to fans to have hockey each year. It makes me think things might be different if the commissioner was born and raised in Canada or another hockey hotbed, and not some dude from Queens who was originally working for the NBA.


#2326672 Good Deeds - Pavel Datsyuk

Posted by Seraph on 23 August 2012 - 10:45 PM

Plenty of Holmstrom haters though, haha.


#2326340 New Commissioner?

Posted by Seraph on 21 August 2012 - 08:55 PM

This is brought up a lot when it comes to replacing old Bettman. Being commissioner entails more than ust giving awkward stuttering interviews and handing over the cup to a new team each summer. It's a high demand position requiring an educational background in law and labor relations. I don't think any former player except maybe Ken Dryden could make a crack at it.


#2325857 Should Kronwall have to answer the bell for his hits?

Posted by Seraph on 18 August 2012 - 04:10 PM

If you are that worried about your star players, send them up the opposite wing. No reason to take it out on Kronner for being an excellent body checking defenceman.


#2322660 Your thoughts on Sergei Fedorov

Posted by Seraph on 28 July 2012 - 02:20 PM

Feds, I'm pretty sure, was everyone's favorite player at some point. He was definitely a special player and future hall of famer. That's enough for him. Numbers in the rafters are for those that embody what it means to be a Red Wing, those that we want to use to define our franchise. Fedorov was fun to watch and was a key to our success but ultimately did not represent himself well nor did he spend enough years here.


#2321949 Predators match offer sheet to Shea Weber

Posted by Seraph on 25 July 2012 - 06:20 PM

Don't fool yourself, people. He didn't care about Philly or Nashville. He cared about using the stupidity of one GM to land himself a fat contract before the CBA is up. Of course he's going to come out and say he loves Nashville and wants to end his career there. I'd say anything you want after landing $110 million dollars.