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#2270230 Realignment dropped for now

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 14 March 2012 - 04:44 PM

- league is getting money from tv, ads, teams, etc,
- teams are getting there fair share of paid money through contracts with league, selling merchandise, etc.
- players are getting their fair share of paid money through contract they signed with team;

where on this picture is a void that PA should fill in? there isn't one.

are these multimillionaire professional player need a protection? from whom? from gms?! that's funny, as i said. do anybody think that datsyuk/lidstrom/etc/etc need PA 'protection' to get his fair share? I don't think so.

I'd blame PA solely if there is another lockout. not battman, not gms, but PA.

The PA is the reason that is happening.

I mean this seriously and not as a smartass but if you're not familiar you should look into the history of the PA and how players were treated by the owners before its existence. Even if you still disagree, it's some really interesting stories and time in NHL history.

No, but now I want a Holland jersey.

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#2270223 Realignment dropped for now

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 14 March 2012 - 04:07 PM

I thought PA stands for PLAYER Association.
Why on earth PLAYER Association would care about ticket prices?!

I'm guessing they don't.

But they should (and probably do) care about getting their fare share of the millions of dollars people pay to see them play. No one walks around with Holland, Burke, or Bettman on the back of their jersey.

#2270186 Realignment dropped for now

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 14 March 2012 - 03:08 PM

At the same time, I actually agree with what Bettman had to say about that. The PA was never previously involved in any other schedule change or realignment (according to Bettman), why should they be now? Because CBA 'negotiations' are coming up. Case in point, posturing.

I don't agree with his logic. because they hadn't been in the past that means they shouldn't now?

The league never had a salary cap before either.

I think it would've gone a long way to set a better tone had they involved the NHLPA. Instead Bettman basically came off saying "we don't even need to ask them at all." The players are the talent. The league could at least pretend to treat them with respect on occasion.

#2270158 Realignment dropped for now

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 14 March 2012 - 02:19 PM

as I said in the other thread, if they lose a season or even half a season, Bettman needs to be canned. It would be the third time the league has lost games under his reign in less than 20 years.

And even back in 94 his big battle was about the cap. After basically breaking the union and getting a cap, they damn well better be able to work this out without a lockout. I know it's not all his fault but Bettman sets a very combative tone publicly that everyone gets their hackles up before negotiations even begin.

#2270003 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Kings 5

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 14 March 2012 - 01:12 AM

Kings are my second favorite team so I watch these games somewhat conflicted. I don't want the Wings to lose, but the Kings sure can use the points.

General thoughts:

Kopitar is a badass. He's a very Zetterberg like player. I'd love for the Wings to ****** him up somehow.
Brown has a lot of great qualities but tonight is a perfect example of the mixed feelings I had about the talk of him going to the Wings. The diving is a friggin embarrassment. He's the biggest diver on the Kings.

As for the Wings, ugh. The PP and PK is going to kill this team in the postseason unless they figure it out in a hurry.

Glad Q is ok after going headfirst into the boards like that. It looked pretty nasty.

#2269569 The Blues are in the driver's seat

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 March 2012 - 02:19 PM

Uhhh....usually when someone says so and so team is playing "playoff type hockey", they aren't implying that they could lose in the first round.

I'm not saying they can't lose, it f'ing happened to them the last time they won the President's trophy.
But I appreciate the attempt at making a smart-ass comment. Nice effort.

The Blues are having a great season, especially considering how they started.

But you have to realize that being a Blues fan on a Red Wings board, the subtext of most responses you get will be along the lines of: Maybe quell your erection until you win a round of the playoffs.

To be clear, you're absolutely welcome as a fan of another team. It's great to hear about other teams from their fans and get an outside perspective. But at the same time if you're expecting a lot of people here to go out of their way to compliment the Blues, you're probably going to be disappointed.

#2269566 CBC Hot Stove: Cap to go up to 69 mill or 72mill

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 March 2012 - 02:07 PM

Be prepared to miss another season...And I'm not joking either.

If there is a season starting sometime in October - that figure could go down quite a bit if the BOG/NHLPA agree on sharing the revenues 50/50 (what we're seeing with the NFL/NBA)...Right now that figure is just eye candy come July 1st.

If we lose another season of hockey, or even half a season of hockey, I don't care what else he's done, Bettman needs to be shown the door. That would be three lockouts that he's responsible for in his tenure as commissioner. Bettman and the NHL have the dubious honor of being the first North American league to lose an entire season due to a labor dispute.

In the last lockout he got the salary cap he's wanted since 94. He should be able to negotiate and get a CBA finished without locking players out.
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#2269526 Please, for the love of God

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 March 2012 - 11:30 AM

I got bored after the first paragraph, honestly.

Having not made it out of the first round of the playoffs in ten years, I get that you guys are excited there and post things like this. But as the Wings have learned from painful experiences over the years, stats and the President's Trophy don't count for jack in the postseason. Home ice advantage yes, but that's it.

#2269392 Playoff race thread

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 12 March 2012 - 01:39 PM

Let's keep it to over-analyzing hockey, not each other please.

#2269262 3/10 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Predators 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 11 March 2012 - 12:16 PM


If you want to discuss why people neg or don't neg someone or feelings about each other as members here, take it to PM, or at least the water cooler.

I'm having to clean up this thread for a second time now because of personal attacks and getting way off topic. Next time people will just be getting time outs from the site.

Even if your post is partially on topic but contains musings on other people's posting habits or the +/- system or anything else wildly off topic, the whole post will be deleted. If you want your thoughts to remain in the thread, just keep it to something remotely related to the game.


#2269213 3/10 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Predators 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 11 March 2012 - 12:48 AM

Please stay on topic about the actual game.

This thread will be cleaned up and a couple of you should check your PM's.

#2268953 Smith/Kindl/Ericsson

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 March 2012 - 06:23 PM

Our defense does look better without him. Now if we could only dump his salary....

So the defense looks better overall without Lidstrom and Ericsson in the lineup? Because both have been out the same games.

you'd think the defense would be better with Lidstrom in the lineup. Weird.

#2268949 Smith/Kindl/Ericsson

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 March 2012 - 06:18 PM

I agree. Wings game have been much more relaxing for me since he's been out. He's decent on the PK, but otherwise he seems to make mistakes about 50% of the time, especially when he's under pressure and needs to act quickly.

Do you really think he'd have a regular spot in the lineup if every other play he was making a mistake? He doesn't make mistakes anywhere near that percentage of the time because if he did he'd be out of the NHL.

So the pretty clear answer is it has something to do with your perception of things, not Ericsson's actual play. But then I guess we all baselessly bash players sometimes.

#2268902 Smith/Kindl/Ericsson

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 March 2012 - 02:11 PM

I said IF it was needed.

so IF it was needed because somehow Holland has painted himself into a corner financially, the Wings should demote their #5 defenseman to the minors and potentially lose him off waivers for nothing while also tarnishing the organization's reputation on how it treats its players. Got it.

Holland is a guy who let Commie go basically so he could play somewhere and try to get a contract next year, even though it would've been better for the team to have him riding the pine in case there were a bunch of injuries on D, which is the case right now.

You're such a big Holland fan it's odd that you'd think he'd ever make a bad move like that, other than the fact that it's Ericsson.

#2268881 Hockey parent uses laser pointer to "blind" opposing goalie

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 March 2012 - 12:31 PM

Update: "Laser Dad" to face criminal charges, says he was wrong... http://boston.cbsloc...l-face-charges/

Translation: "I'm sorry I got caught."

If a grown ass man can't figure out how stupid that is beforehand, it's hard for me to believe he truly regrets and understands exactly what a douchebag he is.