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#2259094 Flyers Haters

Posted by Jedi on 19 February 2012 - 05:32 PM

Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski said it better than I ever could, on the eve of breaking the record. (My emphasis added)


A slice of life from the last time the Detroit Red Wings lost at home: The second season of HBO "24/7" was over a month away from premiering; Herman Cain was still a viable candidate for the presidency; and "Tebowing" still had that new car smell.

It was Nov. 3, 2011, against the Calgary Flames. Since then, the Detroit Red Wings have won 20 straight games at Joe Louis Arena, tying an NHL record established by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and matched by the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers; both of whom went on to play in the Stanley Cup Final.

During the Wings' streak, which reached 20 with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, they've outscored their opponents 84-30. Starting goalie Jimmy Howard missed the last three home games, and yet the streak's alive — with a chance at making history at home on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars.

"Ooooooh, but is it reeeallly history?" proclaim the "consider the circumstances" crowd, like our boy Brian Stubits on CBS Eye on Hockey. After all, three of the Red Wings' wins came in the shootout. The Flyers and Bruins had no such opportunity for hollow, counterfeit victories!

The asterisk police are really one of sports' most deplorable factions.

I dedicated a chapter to them in my book "Glow Pucks and 10-Cent Beer," because every sports record ever set can be given an "*" of some kind because the conditions under which they were established are unquestionably different than those in other eras.

The Red Wings had the benefit of a shootout; the '29 Bruins had the benefit of not having to travel West of Chicago in a 44-game season. And so on. We're either going to be a society that accepts these superficial accomplishments at face value, or a society that's in a constant state of Debby Downerism; the type that inspires someone to, oh I don't know, debunk an 8-point night.

If you're someone giving this record even a second of doubt as to its place in NHL history, check 'yo self. Detroit's winning under the established, accepted rules of their era, and beating the ever-loving crap out of the majority of road teams along the way.

This is an awe-striking record in a parity-infected league, should they break it.

#2258997 Sharks May overcome your streak. Otherwise it would be a great game.

Posted by Jedi on 19 February 2012 - 03:17 PM

How's that supposed to work again?

Brad Stuart's jersey number says it all.

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#2258870 2/19 GDT : Sharks 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Jedi on 19 February 2012 - 02:44 PM

#2258853 2/19 GDT : Sharks 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Jedi on 19 February 2012 - 02:39 PM

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#2258533 2/19 GDT : Sharks 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Jedi on 19 February 2012 - 12:42 PM

Ken Daniels is the play by play for NBC, with Panger as his color commentary.

This will be a quite pleasant viewing experience. No Doc, no Edzo, no McToolGuire.

#2257824 NHL Trades

Posted by Jedi on 17 February 2012 - 03:16 PM

Gotta love the spin by NotPavelDatsyuk on twitter...

Hal Gill go to Nashville? I have never seen road cone wear yellow before.

#2257724 Zetterberg out vs. Predators, Tatar called up

Posted by Jedi on 17 February 2012 - 11:47 AM

Per Trevor Thompson, Zetterberg might play after all...

Henrik Zetterberg will take pregame skate, might play tonite. If not, Tomas Tatar is in. #RedWings #Preds RWL @FOXSportsDet @7:00pm

#2256532 Rick Nash "available for the right team/price"

Posted by Jedi on 14 February 2012 - 01:54 PM

He's definitely not old, but picking up Shanny was in the pre-cap era.

If Holland were to bring on Nash he'd have $21 million tied up in 3 forwards for two seasons, then have to re-sign Datsyuk with Z and Nash still accounting for over $14 mill a year thru 2020. And somewhere in there he's got to try and fill the massive hole in the blueline when Lidstrom retires. Another issue is that though he's young, Nash seems to have chronic back problems.

Never say never but I'd be surprised if Kenny made such a radical move like that.

Not to mention the uncertainty with the new CBA, and what rules/restrictions that might come about when it's hammered out...

#2256484 Rick Nash "available for the right team/price"

Posted by Jedi on 14 February 2012 - 12:17 PM

For hilarity's sake only.

Pittsburgh works out a trade and picks up Nash. Crosby returns from injury. Cory Stillman then comes out of retirement, and signs with Pittsburg.

Pittsburgh then has the best line ever, Crosby "Stills" & Nash.


In all seriousness, I don't see Kenny making a big push for Nash. The asking price will be too high, and Nash's contract would be too long to feasibly take on. I'd imagine, however, a handful of other teams champing at the bit to make offers.

#2256448 Rick Nash "available for the right team/price"

Posted by Jedi on 14 February 2012 - 10:47 AM

Got to think Columbus could command a high price for him...


The 2012 NHL trade deadline just got a whole lot more interesting.

Last night, RDS (TSN's French language sister station) reporter Renaud Lavoie reported that Columbus Blue Jacket franchise player Rick Nash "is on the market."

This morning, Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline wrote on his blog that "for the first time, (the Blue Jackets) are willing to listen to offers for captain Rick Nash."

While it's easy, and sometime necessary, to get hung on precise terminology on a story like this one -- the differences between "on the market" as opposed to "listening to offers" as opposed to "being shopped" -- here's the bottom line:

Last week, in no uncertain terms, NHL teams were told Nash was not available and this week, he is. For the right team, anyway.

Less than two weeks to the NHL trade deadline, that is nothing less than a seismic shift.

That doesn't mean he'll necessarily be traded by the deadline but it does mean there has been a significant change in his status from last week to this week.

And while sources have confirmed to TSN what Lavoie and Portzline respectively reported in the last 12 hours, the real story is this:

None of this would or could be happening if Rick Nash didn't want it to happen.

As one source asked rhetorically, "How does a player with a No Movement Clause end up in trade talk?"

Easy answer to that one: because he's permitted it.

Understand this, with a player of Nash's stature -- a first overall draft pick, the face and identity of the Blue Jackets' franchise, a world-class talent and Canadian Olympian with an outstanding international hockey resume -- there is no chance that Columbus general manager Scott Howson would get involved in any trade talk for Nash without the player's blessing.

He couldn't. It would be worse than bad form.

For any GM to even entertain offers on a star player with a no-move clause without that player's tacit approval is a cardinal sin. There are few secrets in this game and if a GM "shopped" or "listened" to offers on a NMC star it's only a matter of time until the word filters back to the player and that would represent a huge violation of trust between the player and the organization.

So for Howson to have discussions with any team, and for other NHL teams to know the Jackets are to some degree open for business on Nash, one must conclude that Nash is fully on board with whatever it is that is happening right now.

That doesn't necessarily means he's asked for a trade or that he's unequivocally stated he wants to escape from the chronic losing in Columbus. But he's said something and whether he initiated it -- which is the usual protocol in these instances -- or the Blue Jackets broached the subject with him and he merely responded to them, the inescapable conclusion is Howson's actions thus far have the Rick Nash seal of approval.

This story wouldn't have gotten to the public domain if that weren't true.

These things are always dicey. No franchise player wants to be perceived as wanting to jump ship. Just because the Blue Jackets are listening to offers doesn't mean a deal gets done and Nash may have to remain in Columbus.

And this story leaking out as it has further complicates things for Nash and the Blue Jackets.

One would imagine that Nash has an extremely limited list of destinations he would deem suitable. Standard protocol in this situation would be for the player to give the GM the greenlight to deal only with a select few clubs. But with the news breaking that Nash may be available for trade, Howson's phone will light up like a Christmas tree. About half the teams in the league would have interest in trying to secure this player, but there are probably only a handful, or less, that interest Nash.

Make no mistake, though, by virtue of his NMC, Nash is totally driving the bus on this. He effectively can dictate how many teams are legitimately in the hunt for his services and ultimately which one is his final destination. Or, at any time he sees fit, he can end the process if he's uncomfortable with it in any regard.

Ultimately, it's in his hands and his hands alone.

#2254596 Scott Gomez has scored a goal

Posted by Jedi on 10 February 2012 - 10:16 AM

He's now a lock for the Masterton Trophy.

#2254212 Operation Dumbo Drop.

Posted by Jedi on 09 February 2012 - 11:21 AM

FYI, Looks like there's an email/txt list you can join that will update with info.


#2248106 SI: Sidney Crosby to visit spine specialist in Calif.

Posted by Jedi on 22 January 2012 - 11:40 AM

Look at this as good news. We'll finally discover if he has one or not!

:lol: Well played.

I'll agree with previous statements. Can't stand the guy, but his return would be good for the sport. Plus, I never want to see a player have to end his career due to injury.

#2241178 1/3 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Stars 4

Posted by Jedi on 03 January 2012 - 08:40 PM

Dear NBC Sports,

Please stop using the "over the net" camera. We hate it. No one knows why you use it, because you lose track of the puck more often than you have it in frame. It's annoying.


Every Hockey Fan Ever

#2236824 12/17 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 8

Posted by Jedi on 17 December 2011 - 07:44 PM

Can't complain when we finish a period up 4-1.

We're on pace to win 12-3 tonight!