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In Topic: First time visitor to Detroit

Today, 01:26 PM

IMO...best pre-game atmosphere is The Detroiter (bar and grill).  It's located a half a block outside of Greektown (very, very easy to find and get to from Greektown).  It's on Beaubien St.  They have shuttle on 10-12 minute loop starting a few hours before and after game (although the after game the loop is more like 20 minutes due to traffic).  Shuttle ride to game is usually a raucous ride, with Let's Go Red Wing chants and everyone very cool and into the game.  Food there is nothing fancy.  But it's quick, and pretty good.


Many other places above are good as well as mentioned above.  Have fun and welcome to Detroit.  Go Wings!!

In Topic: '16-'17 The Joe's Farewell Season

Yesterday, 03:36 PM

Me too. My perfect plan would be to go to Detroit, watch a couple of Wings games, a Lions game, then head to Grand Rapids and watch the Griffins. But I have to attend at least 1 game at the Joe. 

Do yourself a favor while in Grand Rapids area....remain (or become) a fan of awesome beer and breweries, and you'll be in heaven.  Ohhh my are they spoiled in that regard.

In Topic: 9 (NINE!) player trade involving Phanuef

Yesterday, 12:47 PM

Phaneuf has to be one of the most disappointing players ever.


When he first played in Calgary, almost everyone thought this guy would win a few Norris trophies in his career.  Since then, I don't remember if he's ever even been nominated for the trophy.  I'm not saying he's been a bust, but he certainly hasn't lived up to the early expectations.

Could be.  Or, he could be a really good player that hasn't had enough talent around him to win, and therefore gets zero recognition  for being great.  Stevie Y was almost traded to Ottowa in 1995 as some of the Detroit brass thought he wasn't a winner.  Great player, just not a winner.  Story has it that deal was almost done for us to get Yashin for Stevie...straight up.  Mr. and Mrs. "I" are to have said to have stepped in and squashed the deal. It wasn't until we got Stevie supporting talent around him that we started winning, and he was finally recognized as an elite player and leader.  Without the Russians, Shanny, etc...Stevie could have had the same label put on him as Phaneuf currently has on him. Matts Sundin and a few other above average players aren't exactly a great supporting cast over the years...as of late that includes Kessel, Lupul, JVR, etc...are good, but their not Fedorov, Lids, Shanny, Vladdy, Igor, Murphy, etc....

In Topic: 9 (NINE!) player trade involving Phanuef

10 February 2016 - 03:15 PM

A lot of what your saying is pure speculation and conspiracy theories people have come up with about Babcock. I've never heard of anyone except Mike Commodore b**** about Babs. He's just a stern coach but so was Bowman. And I never saw any Detroit superstar mistreated by Babs (Pav, Hank, Lidstrom) so I'm not sure about this whole dog house theory for Stamkos.

Well, I have heard Hudler state shortly after he went to Calgary that he was glad for the fresh start, and in Detroit he somehow ended up in the coaches dog house (unfairly of course), and that he never was able to really get out of it.  Legwand alluded to same.  Madano told Puck Daddy that at his age, he was struggling to keep up with the rigorous practice schedule that he wasn't used to in Dallas....coaches in Dallas cut him a little slack due to his age and grind on his body.

Are all of the above superstars....no. Madano was on the 18th hole of his career.  But still, there has been talk about the way Babs runs his teams.  Lastly, and I've heard Mickey and John Keating comment that speculation/rumor is that we weren't able to get some of the trades/free agents we had targeted due to Babs well-know hard ass approach....this was after the Sutter and Parise deal went down in Minni.  I don't have any links to these articles or the video, but I did hear and see the above.


So, some speculation, but there has been some of this stated by former players.


Again, with so many options, IMO...I can't see Stammer going in that direction.  Better options to win a cup elsewhere without the craziness of Toronto expectations and media, and a coach that could potentially be a hard ass.

In Topic: 9 (NINE!) player trade involving Phanuef

09 February 2016 - 02:37 PM

No Phanuef is good but all I can think is that the Leafs are making room for Stammer.


IMO....i can't see Stammer choosing to play for Babs.  I think superstars tend not to want to get into situations where their new coach has no bones about doing any of the following.....running him into the ground and making him practice like a rookie fighting for a roster spot day-in and day-out, leaving him out to dry in the press, getting in his famous "dog house"...typical Babs stuff (which is NOT bad...just Babs style).  Stammer is in the drivers seat in every way.  He'll have lots of options.  Lots of better options in terms of chances of winning a cup sooner rather than later.  I just don't think superstars want to tolerate Babs style if they've got other options.  I know he's played under Babs with the Olympics, but I consider that a completely non-related situation.  He HAD to play for Babs in the Olympics.  The Olympics are more about representing your country out of duty and pride, rather than playing 80+ games every year.