In your mind maybe, in reality I'm not sure about it. This is not about Downey, I don't care about Downey. He was finished 2 years ago... I wasn't expecting much (anything) from him. This is about Detroit with no TOUGHNESS. Something that was a problem (even Holland said that he will go after enforcer and Dallas Drake type of player)... and nothing... I don't know if you realize but this is the WEAKEST team in the NHL right now...
1) It's pre-season. Nobody cares. Yeah, Ozzie should technically be trying to prove himself but this really isn't an indicator of the rest of the season. Look at the team in front of him and the team they're playing against. Malkin and Crosby were both playing and neither Datsyuk or Zetterberg played.
2) I think the WIngs went something like 1-9 in 2002 and then went on to one of the most amazing seasons.
So don't everybody start attacking Ozzie. I can sense some of you have your fingers hovering on the "jump off bandwagon" button already.
I agree 100%. There is no need to attack Ozzie - it's only preseason!!! Howard is # 1 and Ozzie will be there when needed. I was watching B's vs. Habs and was impressed with McGratten, he can really skate, hit and pass. Maybe Holland should have him (instead of Downey) in camp... McQuaid right hand DEF) is the BEAST!!!
The only way the federal government would provide funding to Quebec City would be with regards to a bid on the Winter Olympic Games. That would be on the entire package and not just a new arena. That would also be a long time from now, long after the proposed return of the NHL to Quebec City for the third time.
QC and Winnipeg can have all the nice arenas private funding can by. But without a corporate partner and fat television revenues guaranteed, it's not going to happen. Bettman isn't going out of his way to make it happen either. Even though ticket sales are poor in Phoenix, Nashville, Atlanta, and Columbus, they have good tv contracts, and solid corporate partnerships.
2010/05/07 Missed 4 games (right foot surgery). 2009/12/19 Missed 24 games (hernias in right groin). 2009/01/06 Missed 2 games (shoulder injury). 2008/10/24 Missed 1 game (flu). 2008/05/18 Missed the last 27 games of the regular season and all 17 playoff games (concussion). 2008/01/10 Missed 26 games (dizzyness). 2007/11/05 Missed 4 games (dizzyness). 2007/03/24 Missed 6 games (groin). 2006/03/06 Missed 3 games (bruised knee). 2006/02/10 Missed 1 game (stomach virus). 2006/01/02 Missed 1 game (flu). 2005/12/22 Missed 5 games (groin). 2003/10/25 Missed 2 games (bruised right shoulder). 2003/04/01 Missed 13 games (groin). 2003/03/07 Missed 13 games (groin). 2003/02/04 Missed 3 games (groin). 2003/01/07 Missed 5 games (cut above right eyebrow/concussion). 2002/12/02 Missed 2 games (abdominal injury). 2002/04/17 Missed the last game of the regular season (virus). 2002/01/08 Missed 2 games (shoulder injury). 2001/03/24 Missed 12 games (left shoulder subluxation). 2001/02/22 Missed 1 game (back injury).
... and what's funny part (or sad) is that he (Gagné) still played more games than Kronwall or Franzen ...
Kronwalls injury report since 2005 is pretty horrible to read as well
No, of course there is no NEED for him. There is also no NEED to win the cup. Hell, there is even no NEED to make the playoffs. Let's just trade away or buy out any player who didn't instantly make the decision to play for the red wings or have talked to other teams. They're all dumb Prima Donnas anyway.
It's not like if he signs with Detroit that Stanley Cup is ours...
Detroit -- So on Friday, Mike Modano apparently told the Dallas Morning News he would listen to recruiting pitches from San Jose and Minnesota, and that talk that his only options were to play for the Red Wings or retire was wrong.
Well, they were his words. Still blushing from the Wings' full-court press last Tuesday, Modano told me, "There isn't any other team. It will be here (Detroit) or I'm not playing. I think it's narrowed to that."
OK, so what happened between then and now? How, all of a sudden, have the Wild and Sharks entered the picture? Has he even decided he wants to play another year yet?
Here's what I think happened. First, when news of the Wings' intense interest in Modano started spreading, it was like dropping blood into the water.
Money talks Second, I think the money got smaller. The Wings, after signing Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves last week, have a little more than $3 million left under the salary cap. They still have to re-sign restricted free agents Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader, as well as possibly Derek Meech or another veteran defenseman.
It was assumed the Wings would offer Modano something at or just over $1 million. But I think now maybe it is $800,000, plus they were selling him on taking it over $1 million with incentives that wouldn't apply to the cap until the 2011-2012 season.
When I talked to Holland last Tuesday, it seemed like it was just a matter of Modano (Westland) deciding he wants to play another year. After talking to Holland again Thursday, I came away with an entirely different feeling.
Here's what Holland said: "There is no time frame. At the end of the day, for me, we're interested in Mike Modano. But if we didn't do anything, I'd be OK. We have Abby and Helm to play there (at the third and fourth line center spots).
"You know, it is Mike Modano, a local guy who we think can still play and would be a great fit. But we only have so much wriggle-room. Right now he's going through the emotion of does he want to play and the emotion of what we're offering. We only have so much space to offer."
Other options Maybe an $800,000 offer was an insult to Modano. I don't know. But looking at the Wild and Sharks, they can't offer him too much more. The Wild have 23 players signed for $57 million and the Sharks, who just put up a three-year, $14 million offer sheet to Chicago's restricted free agent Niklas Hjalmarsson, have 18 players signed at $54 million.
The salary cap is $59.4 million.
Another issue here, too, is his wife, actress Willa Ford. We don't know what she's thinking about any of this, but presumably it would be better for her to have her husband playing in California than Detroit or Minnesota.
Who knows? It would be a coup for the Wings to have Modano centering the third line and playing point on the second power-play unit. It would be a great story, having the local kid finish his career in his hometown. It would be a boon both on the ice and at the box office.
But if it doesn't happen? Helm would take over the third line and Abdelkader the fourth. They would maybe have some money left to sign an enforcer.
It wouldn't be the end of the world.
I don't want Mike Primadona and let's be honest there is no NEED for him right now.