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#2627582 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by Nightfall on 28 September 2015 - 10:35 AM


Let's wait for the justice system to rule out what happened before we assume she's just after a pay cheque.


I am not assuming anything at this point.  Presenting a video where professional athletes have went broke for various reasons, including being taken advantage of, isn't bias.  So far, there is no proof of innocence or guilt.  Either way, I hope the truth comes out for the sake of the NHL and hockey and Kane is either exonerated or put in jail accordingly.

#2627394 If Larkin forces his way to the team , what will we look like?

Posted by Nightfall on 25 September 2015 - 01:35 PM



This 100%. I'd much rather see larkin play top six minutes in GR and potentially dominate than play bottom six minutes in Detroit. 

They'll watch him carefully all year long of course and, depending on how he develops, there could be strong consideration to bring him up next season. 


I agree with this.  I hope the Wings don't just keep him up to play bottom 6 minutes.  He has the potential to learn at the AHL level this year and they really should make sure he starts with the Griffins.  Keep in mind that Larkin has not felt the grind of a long AHL/NHL season.  I would like to see how he does after 40 games, 60 games, and then 70 games.

#2624746 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by Nightfall on 05 September 2015 - 07:06 AM

As expected and really I don't see a problem with this. At best he will be an emergency call up from the Grand Rapids and while being there he can show some younger guys (Mantha, Larkin) the way and since the 950k aren't counting against the cap it doesn't really matter. Personally I'm in favor of everything that helps prepare Larkin, Mantha better for the big club in a few years if that includes signing a veteran with a great work ethic so be it.


I can't believe I am agreeing with frankgrimes, but I am.  I think this is the 4th time in LGW forum history for this, so it isn't the first time.


The organization has shown loyalty to Cleary.  The cap hit isn't going to hurt the team.  They are in essence paying him out of their own pockets to be an emergency call up.  Who cares if they let him into training camp and give him preseason minutes.  Who cares if he ends up in the AHL.  In fact, no one should care that they signed him to this deal.  If anything, other players will see this as loyalty that is being rewarded after all these years and want to come play here.


Hell, if I am at the end of my career, and my workplace decides to keep me around out of loyalty even when my most productive years are behind me, I would be very grateful.

#2624698 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by Nightfall on 04 September 2015 - 04:56 PM

Cleary would provide some great leadership for the kids down in Grand Rapids.  I really do hope he finds himself down there playing 3rd line minutes, and educating the kids obviously.


I really am not concerned with this contract.  The entire salary can be buried in the AHL.

#2623971 Mike Richard's Contract Terminated (Not Bought Out)

Posted by Nightfall on 27 August 2015 - 06:15 PM

This is what the judge will say.



#2617540 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by Nightfall on 30 June 2015 - 02:52 PM

Solid deal for a defenseman of his caliber.  Good 2nd pairing.

#2617444 Free agents this off season

Posted by Nightfall on 30 June 2015 - 07:46 AM

Rumor has it Brandon Saad might be further apart on a deal with the Blackhawks than previously thought.  I think he'd be worth an offer sheet., he's an RFA, I believe.  Anyone else agree?  Oduya is also going to test free agency, but I don't think he's worth anything, really.


I wouldn't put an offer sheet in for him.  He is a good player, but not worth the 3-4 number 1 draft picks we would lose to get him.

#2614848 The Bowman Effect

Posted by Nightfall on 16 June 2015 - 07:15 PM

I know I have said this before but I will say it again.


Dave Tallon deserves much of the credit for the rebuild of the Hawks.  Keep in mind that he was the GM from the mid 90s to 2009.  He drafted all the top talent that you see out there today.  Stan Bowman has drafted some key players.  Shaw was a big pickup for them in the draft.  Still, the Bowmans were not a factor back when Tallon was drafting these great players.


If the Wings want to follow in the success of Chicago, then they should do what Chicago did.


1. Suck for 10+ years.  Get a number of top draft picks.

2. Draft great players and develop them.

3  Sign a big free agent like Hossa.

4. ?

5. Profit


How many would be happy with missing the playoffs for a period of time to get top draft picks?  Not many.

#2614627 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by Nightfall on 15 June 2015 - 10:04 PM


#2614609 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by Nightfall on 15 June 2015 - 09:56 PM

Yup, if you have a team that is utter crap for 10 years, you too can build through the draft like the Hawks and win 3 cups.  Dave Talon and Stan Bowman built this team smart.


Unless your management is as worthless as Edmonton.

No matter who wins at the end of these things, I still get chills when the final horn sounds.

And I like watching the losing team cry too.
Not gonna lie.


So you liked watching the Wings cry in 2009?

#2614557 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by Nightfall on 15 June 2015 - 07:27 PM

Winning the Stanley Cup not only takes puck luck, but it takes healthy players.  So far, Chicago has lost some players like Rozival, but they have been able to plug others in that are just as good.  Meanwhile, players on the Lightning are very key players that cannot be easily replaced because they are very good players.  You can tell Johnson and Kuterchov (sp) are both hurt.


No excuses though.  The Lightning have to dig deep to win the game tonight.

#2612894 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Nightfall on 02 June 2015 - 06:39 PM

I am watching the AHL feed and they just talked about the Utica goaltending coach that turned things around for the Comets.  The man's name?  Dan Cloutier.


When I hear that name, all I can think about is this.....


#2612231 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by Nightfall on 30 May 2015 - 09:31 PM

If someone would ask me I'd tell them that Toews, Kane, Keith and Seabrook is a very good core to build around. Hossa of course was a great signing.

Winning in this league is impossible without top picks
Personally I'd gladly throw away a season to draft a guy like Eichel, McDavid or Toews


No thanks.  Tanking is such a pansy move.

#2612223 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by Nightfall on 30 May 2015 - 09:09 PM

Hawks going for their 3rd Cup in 5 years. 


The Bowmans are impressive, aren't they? 


Thanks to only being relevant since 2008-09.


From 97-08, the Hawks went to the playoffs 1 time and didn't win a playoff series.  All those draft picks all those years, and finally Dale Talon came in and helped build the team there.  Stan Bowman has been great as well, but the key here is all the high draft picks they grabbed all those years.

#2612191 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by Nightfall on 30 May 2015 - 08:40 PM

That's not a goal, but man Hossa is still going strong at 36. 


Agreed!  Hossa isn't a beast like he used to be, but man.....


Now thats bulls***.  4-0.  That was a kicking motion IMHO.