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#2674976 Kris Letang Facing NHL suspension hearing.

Posted by LeftWinger on Yesterday, 12:02 PM

Come on, it's Pit. No suspension.

#2674791 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by LeftWinger on 01 May 2016 - 05:37 PM

Entitled?  Easy Bernie.....
since you feel entitled to half of the naming rights, you can have the "Arena" part and the Illitch Family can have the first part.

We'll I wanted "Centre" so where's my free stuff? :lol:

#2674746 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by LeftWinger on 01 May 2016 - 11:33 AM

Speaking of which, wonder what will happen to Steve Yzerman Drive? Makes no sense to keep it named that with no Arena to be found near it. Will they re-designate a road near the new Arena in his honor? Having a road named Steve Yzerman Drive just in the middle of nowhere after JLA is gone is just silly.

#2674487 This hits the nail on the head......

Posted by LeftWinger on 29 April 2016 - 02:52 PM

I am one of the BIGGEST Holland critic here, but I heard the excerps and then watched the entire presser.  The quotes are for sure taken out of context.


I think he means by "less is more exciting" and "if you expect Cups, you're in the wrong league" that when the fans realize they need to lower their yearly expectations, they may enjoy the seasom much more.  Now, I am not saying its ok to NOT expect a Cup, but we all know you just cannot win it every year.  He said we're here to win Cups not just make the playoffs, but the fans also need to realize that after 25 years of making the playoffs and winning 4 Cups in that span, you don't always get the best players in the draft.  Plus, the fact that the Cap is here, and instead of 4-6 teams being favorites every season, there are 25 teams that can make the playoffs and compete for it, so not landing the top UFA's like those 4-6 teams used to (or even be on a players "accept a trade to" list) is something the fans need to get used to as well.  Does anyone really think that if there wasn't a cap making virtually every team competitive that we'd have lost out on Suter/Parise or Niskanen?  When the wallet is bottomless and payroll can be limitless, we'd still be favorites every year.


I too, think that if all expectations to win a Cup every season, were lowered a bit, we may enjoy the competition to get to the playoffs.  He said, he plans on being agressive with trades at the draft, he is going to move younger players up the roster and bring up more kids from GR.  He said he needs to change the style and makeup of the team, and is already planing on NOT having Datsyuk.  He will trade the contract if he can find a taker but he won't trade it if that taker wants to deplete out minors or draft picks.  He is ok with taking the cap hit for one year to protect the likes of AA, Larkin, Bertuzzi, etc... and high draft picks.  I think he means it this time.  I think, even though ownership said that they support him 100%, that he was told, do something or we won't be so supportive in the near future...


I like that he said he'd like to have Helm, but he understands that he needs to make a family decision because this is a very important contract for Helm and is prepared to move on without him.  I really think we won't see any other re-siging of our UFA's outside of the possible Helm deal.  Also, VERY excited about his opinion that Howard has to be traded (paraphrasing) because he cannot have so much money in a goalie combo.  Something I've been saying for two seasons.



Here is a link to the entire presser for those who haven't seen it...



#2674345 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 April 2016 - 08:11 PM

Wait, are they playing the game on the roof now?

The point on national TV and even during the pregame television feeds on Fox Sports Detroit they will have aerial shots of the Arena and the entire country will see the Little Caesars logo instead of the Detroit Red Wings logo. Absolutely disgusting and disappointing.

#2674331 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 April 2016 - 07:44 PM

Little Caesars Arena brought to you by Amway and sponsored by DTE energy microwave goal. I'm done with this s***...

#2673784 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by LeftWinger on 26 April 2016 - 08:15 AM

Not that I am happy about the result or the player management, but looking back at Babcock's first season as coach we finished with 124 points, our 2nd most points EVER and we still lost in the 1st round to Edmonton.

I belive that was far more upsetting than this year where we all knew we weren't winning...I believe next year will be different. At least more exciting getting to the playoffs and maybe even a 1st round win.

#2673779 Fixing this mess....

Posted by LeftWinger on 26 April 2016 - 08:00 AM

Just over at the annual back to back thread and noticed a line combo.

Shanny - Yzerman - Lapointe

That's the kind of line we need! Sure the fighting is way down now, but if we could assemble a line Similar to that...

Not that these three are as good as those three were, but what about:

Mantha - Larkin - Abby

#2673492 Fixing this mess....

Posted by LeftWinger on 25 April 2016 - 10:20 AM


I apologize again for generalizing that Swedes, more specific our Swedes care more about National Play than the Cup. Looks like I put a foot in my mouth with that post elimination post I wrote. My bad...

#2673435 Who gets the "A" when datsyuk leaves?

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 April 2016 - 09:33 PM

Ericcson. I too hope one of your choices, but I am betting E.

#2673408 Fixing this mess....

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 April 2016 - 06:53 PM

Ok, same friend, same source within the organization. According to him, the fans aren't the only ones at their wits end with Holland. The scouts are livid and are trying to convince him the team needs to be bigger and harder to play against. Holland's stance is he still believes he can win with small, skilled, faster players and is against that type of change...also the Ilitches are also getting frustrated with it, so yes, the Ilitches do care about more than just the streak, they want more Cups.

I hope this results in either Holland stepping aside or maybe he breaks his stance on the small skilled bulls***.

#2673223 Fixing this mess....

Posted by LeftWinger on 23 April 2016 - 06:45 PM

We need a GM with balls. Look at Pit, made huge personnel decisions and they're going great.

#2672771 ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

Posted by LeftWinger on 21 April 2016 - 09:40 PM

f*** Ken Holland.

0:00 for AA in the 3rd? Really? Did I read that correct? f*** Jeff Blashill.

#2672027 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by LeftWinger on 21 April 2016 - 06:34 AM

Won't be watching, but Go Wings anyhow. f*** Ken Holland.

#2671901 Fixing this mess....

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 April 2016 - 01:53 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.  

Not this fan. But that's an old debate! :lol: