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#2432290 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by Jedi on 02 August 2013 - 06:36 PM

I'm sure they asked Modano if it was okay to do. ;)


Actually, there was a pretty good twitter exchange from Modano and the Wings about it...



#2432198 Red Wings to Officially Retire #5 on March 6th

Posted by Jedi on 01 August 2013 - 05:41 PM

I approve that it's vs the Avs.  I only wish that there were some players left from the days that they were significant to the Wings.


Well, Patrick Roy will be behind the Avs' bench...

#2432129 Wings sign Alfredsson to 1-year, $3.5m deal (+$2m bonuses)

Posted by Jedi on 01 August 2013 - 07:58 AM

What's crazy to me is that the Captain of a team won't even have an A on our team now lol


I would think that's about the most perfect situation for him, then.  After 14 years of captaincy, now he gets to come to a team that already has a well established leadership system, so he doesn't have to try and fulfill that role.  Much less pressure on him, so he can just go out and play, and focus on performing in Babcock's system.

#2431995 song title game

Posted by Jedi on 30 July 2013 - 05:15 PM

She's A Rainbow - The Rolling Stones 

The Rainbow Connection - The Muppets

#2431602 ESPN/Sportscenter gives the NHL 2.7% of its time

Posted by Jedi on 27 July 2013 - 12:20 AM

Of course it's all business, can't blame anyone for that. Just don't understand why ESPN won't complete their move for total sports domination. Someone enlighten me.

ESPN is only going to cover sports that are going to bring in viewers.  Football is the most widely watched sport in America.  Baseball is immensely popular.  Basketball goes up and down with popularity, but it still maintains an edge over hockey.
But to really understand why ESPN doesn't give as much coverage to the NHL, you also should consider why Hockey isn't as popular a sport as Football, Baseball or Basketball.  IMO, its because they are all fairly easy (and inexpensive) to play, while Hockey is so much more difficult (and expensive) to play.
Think of kids playing a sport on a playground or in a park.  To play Football, all they really need is the ball itself, which start at maybe $10.  To play catch (precursor to baseball), a ball and a glove will run you $20 on the very cheap end, $50 or so to start getting into the better quality equipment.  Basketball only needs the ball, again $10 or so, and a hoop, which are available at almost any playground in the country.  Hockey, however, needs so much more. Stick, puck, skates (unless it's on-foot), goal frame, etc, which all cost significantly more than just the one or two things needed for the other sports.  Not to mention EVERYONE playing hockey needs at least a stick and skates, whereas only one kid needs to bring a football or basketball so that everyone can play.
So, in a way, you already answered your question with your post here...

Also I remember reading a study ESPN did where they found that hockey is the hardest sport to play, based on speed, skill, physicality and other stuff. Best sport ever. End of story.

Because it's so hard and so expensive to play, fewer people play the sport. Which means fewer people are interested in it. Which means ESPN isn't going to devote much time to it, because Hockey coverage won't bring in as many pairs of eyes as Football, Baseball or Basketball.

On a side note, I'd be willing to bet that John Buccigross and Linda Cohn account for 90% of the 2.7% coverage. They seem to be the only real NHL fans at the SportsCenter anchor desk.

#2431590 Now Dat's funny

Posted by Jedi on 26 July 2013 - 09:38 PM

In case people are having problems with the OP's link...



Serious skills.  He can dance better on skates than I can on foot...

#2430610 Um, OK, not really sure this'll have the desired effect

Posted by Jedi on 18 July 2013 - 02:12 AM

Could be worse, they could have done what the Kalamazoo K-Wings did in '09...



#2429043 2013 HHoF Inductees

Posted by Jedi on 09 July 2013 - 02:24 PM

Niedermayer's playoff beard alone deserves it's place in the HHoF...




Great to see Shanny and Cheli get in too.  Very deserving class this year.

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#2428362 song title game

Posted by Jedi on 07 July 2013 - 09:16 AM

End of the World- Skeeter Davis

Ordinary World - Duran Duran

#2425092 Wings buy out Colaiacovo, will keep Bertuzzi

Posted by Jedi on 02 July 2013 - 08:49 PM

There is the possibility that Sammy is still claiming injury. Injured players can't be bought out.

Colaiacovo is a reasonable buyout. With DeKeyser ready for a full season, Kindl set with a 4 year deal, and Lashoff proving to be a reasonable 7th D, Cola is a logical buyout candidate.

#2424374 Red Wings No Longer "Presented by Amway!"

Posted by Jedi on 01 July 2013 - 10:16 AM

From Amway to the Death Star...

Probably didn't want to put out a press release about it, given how much flak they got from the Amway release/sponsorship. Puck Daddy articles STILL refer to them as the "Detroit Red Wings Presented By Amway".

#2423184 Jakub Kindl signs 4 year extension, $9.6m total, $2.4m/yr

Posted by Jedi on 28 June 2013 - 07:01 PM

I would have been completely against this signing at the beginning of this season.  But Kindl definitely matured into a defenseman worthy of competing for a roster spot.


I'm thinking this will pave the way for Coliacovo to be bought out, if he can't be traded.  That leaves next year's D to look like this (when/if Smith is re-signed)...


Kronwall - Ericsson

Smith - Quincey

Kindl - DeKeyser

Lashoff as the 7th Dman

#2423177 Jakub Kindl signs 4 year extension, $9.6m total, $2.4m/yr

Posted by Jedi on 28 June 2013 - 06:53 PM

Per Darren Dreger's Twitter...

Det signs J.Kindl 4 years $9.6M.


#2423151 Finnish club Jokerit moving to KHL

Posted by Jedi on 28 June 2013 - 04:10 PM

I bet they'd be willing to give Filppula the $5m+ for 7 years he's looking for...

#2421960 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by Jedi on 24 June 2013 - 10:06 PM

Don't like seeing Chicago win the Cup, but I'm ok with it for 3 reasons...


#1 - They needed a tipped shot in game 7 OT to beat Detroit, so one break in the Wings favor and they might have been the team to win it all.


#2 - It's not Pittsburgh.


And #3 - Jeremy Jacobs is getting his rich reward for how he treated the fans with the lockout. Watching another team skate the Stanley Cup in his own building.


The Hockey Gods exist.