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Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

02 June 2015 - 06:53 PM

A great article I stumbled upon today and I thought I would share it.  I really like how this guy puts it.  I remember a lot of these events because I was a fan of the team before they won their first cup in 1997.  Beware, some of the language is a little harsh. 

 

My favorite part:

 

 

Let me start with this … Fedorov was one of the top TWO players on THREE championship teams in Detroit. A franchise that, prior to him walking off that elevator in Seattle at the Goodwill Games and signing a contract with the Wings, hadn’t won a Stanley Cup in 35 years.

(To imagine that gap, add five years to the Tigers’ current stretch. And then drink Clorox bleach and wash it down with some Drano.)

The team became a modern-day dynasty in large part because of Fedorov’s contributions. This is a city where Sergei should never have to pay for anotherf****** meal as long as he lives — not unlike members of the 2004 Red Sox in Boston.

Instead, the superstar got booed every single time he returned to Detroit after leaving the Wings in the summer of 2003. Even though #91 WANTED to come back and Mike Ilitch dictatorially declared his decision was too late and pulled the contract offer back.

 

http://detroitsports...ey-immediately/


At what point does the GM deserve credit/blame?

26 May 2015 - 07:19 AM

I have been following the Lightning's playoff run pretty closely this year and I have been impressed with what they have been able to accomplish.  Especially considering they were swept out of the playoffs last year.  Yzerman took the helm a couple years ago and last year was a his first with the club.  I know I was quick to point out that Yzerman's team collapsed last year, but was it really his team?  After all, he didn't draft any of those players.  He did make a couple personnel decisions though that had an effect on the club though.  Same with this year.  Johnson for instance was drafted before Yzerman was in the pipeline.  Would he have made that same decision?  At the same time though, he took the helm in March of 2011 and that team made it to the conference finals. 

 

Anyway, I just got to thinking about 1998 when Holland was hired.  Many members here were quick to point out that this was not Hollands team as it was built by the previous regime.  Personally, if the GM is in command that season, they should get credit or blame for the result of that team for the season.  Doesn't matter if they have been on the clock for an hour or a year.

 

What is your take?  At what point does the GM deserve credit or blame for the results of their team?  Right away?  Two or three years?


There is no Presidents' Trophy Curse

08 May 2015 - 12:51 PM

http://fivethirtyeig...w-york-rangers/

 

 

In fact, Presidents’ Trophy winners have won more playoff series than expected in 41 percent of postseasons since 1986, matching expectations 23 percent of the time and falling short 36 percent of the time.

Statistically, then, there’s no significant difference between how much playoff success you would expect Presidents’ Trophy winners to have based on their regular-season performance and how much they actually wound up having.

In other words, there is no curse of the President’s Trophy.

 

A very interesting article for sure.  What surprised me was the Wings didn't win the Presidents trophy in 1997 or 1998 (especially 98), but they won in 2004 and 2006 and we all know how that worked out.


Knuckles vs Numbers - The death of the enforcer

23 April 2015 - 08:50 AM

A great video on how the stats in the game are killing the role of the enforcer.

 


ESPN 30 for 30 - Of Miracles and Men

10 February 2015 - 02:59 PM

For those of you who haven't seen this yet, its a great documentary from the Russian point of view on the rise of Russian hockey back in the 60s-90s.  It features Red Wing greats like Fetisov, Larionov, and the rest of the Russian five.  I found this story to be excellent!  Obviously, there is a lot of interviews and footage about the 1980 Olympic team and the fallout from losing to the Americans. 

 

It was two hours long and I found a copy on youtube.  If you get a chance to watch this, please do so.  ESPN is running reruns of this if you have a DVR.

 

Offering a fascinating window into the other side of the so-called “Miracle on Ice,” ESPN’s “30 for 30” outdoes itself with “Of Miracles and Men,” which looks at the astonishing 1980 Olympic upset in Lake Placid not from the perspective of the U.S. team but rather that of the seemingly unbeatable Soviet juggernaut. Essentially a protracted history of hockey within the Soviet Union – and by extension, the importance of sports under the regime – it’s a story replete with remarkable subplots and intriguing characters. Given how rarely ESPN adorns itself with journalistic honor, these gold-worthy docs remain their own minor miracle.