Recent public comments by Jimmy D and Babcock about our future have been "very disappointing" to me. It's fine if they think Mantha was "very disappointing" and they aren't sure who's going to replace Pavs, but don't say it to the media.
Some people don't understand parity and what the salary cap does. They can't get over the fact this isn't pre 2005 anymore.
Boston was the president trophy winners last year. Missed the playoffs.
LA Kings won the Stanley Cup last year. Missed the playoffs.
Wow, must really suck to be a Wings fan....
Yea I don't understand what fans expect. If people want to cheer for a team that signs UFA's, then they should switch teams. Is there Red Wings fans out there that still don't understand how the organization builds a team? I think it's obvious.
I'm not expecting too many changes, which I'm ok with. We have a number of guys who are RFA's we need to re-sign, and that will take us to the cap. I think people expecting big changes, other then a new coach, and some UFA signing in the off season will be disappointed.
After what Babcock said last night, about not being as good anymore (despite making a 7 point improvement over last year, and taking the highest scoring team in the league to 7 games), mentioning the ages of Dats, Z, and Kronwall, and asking who's going to replace Pavs, I'd like to see him go. We have a lot of great young players on the team now and coming up soon, if Babcock doesn't think he can win here, then bring someone in who knows he will.
If Babcock wants to start nit picking, I'd like to point out he was here 10 years, and for 7 of those years he had the best defenseman since Bobby Orr, and only won 1 Cup... Dats, Z, and Kronwall have a few more good years left, and with Tatar, Nyquist, Abby, Helm, DeKeyser, Smith, Mrazek, Mantha, Larkin, Jurco, Marchenko, Ouellet, Sheahan, Pulkkinen,Glendening, etc. all in their 20's, we're going to be good for a while.
Go with 2002 WCF Wings Avs game 6. Freakin awesome, and it'll show you just how good Hasek really was.
In fact. If you can, watch that entire series. It truly was the greatest rivalry I've ever seen and the games were so intense.
I second this. Of my favorite teams, this was the best series I experienced. 2 weeks of stress which finished with a Wings 7-0 win. We won the rivarly against the Avs, and I was thrilled! I'll never forget jumping around the living room Game 7 screaming after every goal! I think it's safe to say, I'll never experience a better series, it had it all.
In October if someone told us we'd finish 3rd in the division (assuming we hold on tonight), we'd all be thrilled! We moved up a couple spots compared to last season. I think the Wings accomplished their goals for the year. Let's see what happens in the playoffs!
Anyone who complains about the in game entertainment at the Joe should attend a sporting event in Toronto. Toronto treats their fans like a bunch of 12 year olds with ADD. EVERY stoppage in play, they either blast music so loud to the point where you can't even talk to the person sitting beside you, or the person in the stand with the mic is talking. They don't give you any time to talk about the game with the people around you. I stopped going to Toronto sporting events because I found the in game entertainment insulting.
Speak for yourself, despite one bad month, I've enjoyed watching this team.
I question if we do were not really a top 5-8 fan base in the league the joe is pretty pathetic
Have you even been to the Joe? It's loud!
I would say we have the weakest fanbase (CURRENTLY) out of the "Original Six" teams. Then you can add in Pittsburgh, Philly, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. So we might make a case for #10, but even that would be contested.
I do agree with you, though...the new arena should help things greatly. The Joe is a dump with nicely placed seats.