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#2686026 Dan Cleary Gets Training Camp Tryout

Posted by Nightfall on 17 September 2016 - 09:56 PM

I guess I am disappointed that no one here has done any homework when it comes to Cleary and the Griffins.


Back in June, Cleary said that he wanted to come back and play for the Griffins this season.  The Griffins opted not to resign Hoggan who was the captain of the Griffins for the last 3 years.  This made room for Cleary to come back and lead the Griffins this upcoming season.  Cleary gets signed to a PTO, but everyone knows he is going to be going down to the AHL to provide leadership for the kids.

#2670211 Fixing this mess....

Posted by Nightfall on 17 April 2016 - 06:55 PM

Don Maloney? Look at what this guy has done in Phoenix with a fraction of the budget the Wings have.



I wouldn't say he is better than Holland.  What he has to do with the budget he has is bring up kids into the lineup and mix them in with veteran plugs instead of quality talent.  Course, I really don't know how he would do in the Wings organization.  Dave Talon did pretty well going from Chicago to Florida.  Chicago was a spend to the cap team and Florida isn't. 


Anyway, the point is that Don Maloney doesn't have a proven track record of winning.  He isn't a clear cut upgrade over Holland in my mind.


As for this "mess", lets put it in perspective.  The Wings are considering being one of the top 16 teams and qualifying for the playoffs as a mess.  There are a lot of other teams out there that would love to have the "mess" that we have.

#2666779 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by Nightfall on 10 April 2016 - 10:45 AM

In that article, it says that the Red Wings told him they will not trade his contract to relieve the cap. Holland, in his obsessive loyalty will eat the $7.5M hit for the year and handicap his team for no reason but to stay loyal. f*** Holland, he needs to be fired!


Lets also keep in mind that the Wings have to find a willing trade partner to take on that deal.  Teams won't be lining up to take 7.5 million in cap space.  Holland may be willing, but there may not be a team willing to do that deal.

#2650870 Players Tribune: John Scott A Guy Like me

Posted by Nightfall on 01 February 2016 - 10:18 AM

What happened should be remembered as what an All-Star game should be.  The fans wrote Scott in, and while some at the NHL didn't like it, what it turned into was a great PR move.  The NHL is going to learn from this mistake and keep the fan vote in as part of the All-Star game.  It also made Scott a household name.  He won't get a multi-million dollar contract to play hockey, but what he will get are opportunities down the road.  He could go into broadcasting or some other job if he gets tired of playing in the minors.  He has charisma and sometimes that is all you need to be successful.  Most people when they thought of John Scott before was something like what you would see in the movie "Goon".  A brainless idiot that just loves to beat the crap out of people.  Here was a guy that obviously wasn't top tier NHL talent, but he loves the game and it shows.

#2650868 Bettman signed through 2022

Posted by Nightfall on 01 February 2016 - 10:06 AM




Bettman signed a contract through 2022, he confirmed in an interview Sunday on the NHL Network before the All-Star Game. The deal was signed in September but was first reported and confirmed by sources Sunday.


He gets a lot of flak and some for good reason, but the league has never been more successful.

#2639264 Ferraro on waivers

Posted by Nightfall on 25 November 2015 - 12:40 PM

Really never enjoyed seeing him on the team. I was hoping Holland would package some of these non-producers in a trade but guess that was asking too much.


Packing up 5 non-producers won't bring in anyone worth getting.  They are non-producers for a reason.  Every team can get 5 4th line plugs from their AHL affiliates.

#2634838 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by Nightfall on 03 November 2015 - 02:36 PM

Yea it pretty much is over.  The people who thought that Kane raped a woman will continue to think that way while the people who think she was after a quick buck will continue to think that way.  No one will change their opinions.  The fact of the matter is that she just chose to stop going after him.  I know I wouldn't mind reading all the facts of the case, but those won't be coming out for the public to get their hands on.


As I said before, if Kane was guilty, he knows it and he will have to live with it.  Same goes for the woman if she is falsely accusing Kane of rape.  She is going to have to live with her decision as well.



#2630534 10/13 GDT : Lightning 1 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Nightfall on 13 October 2015 - 08:49 PM



I love our fans.

#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.