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#2674623 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by NerveDamage on Today, 10:56 AM

AA was reassigned to the GR Griffins today.

#2674684 Ownership shows Support for Kenny Holland

Posted by uk_redwing on Today, 06:29 PM

Just popping in to say it looks like the penny has dropped with a lot of people. Ken Holland is a clown who hid behind the success of Håkan Andersson for many, many years.


With the majority of Andersson's players gone or on the decline there was never any real attempt by Holland for so many years to keep the Wings at the top, just a lot of cast away one-year rentals that and the never ending presence of Dan Cleary.


He has literally waited to the point where we're on the cusp of becoming a team that won't even make the playoffs before he's decided he actually has to do his job and make us a better team...although his job is apparently for us to expect less, so then he's doing a better job without actually having to do anything?


The guys a joke. Huge thanks to Håkan Andersson for giving us such a good team between 2006-10.

#2674516 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by KATIEBARTHEDOOR24 on Yesterday, 04:52 PM

Guessing the teams will be hot and ready. The games will be bland. The teams won't be able to deliver.

#2674458 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by NerveDamage on Yesterday, 12:41 PM

I can think of worse ideas. Like Gary Bettman as NHL Commissioner.

Oh wait...

^comments like this is why I lockout the NHL


#2674451 This hits the nail on the head......

Posted by GMRwings1983 on Yesterday, 12:11 PM

Good read.  I now have some new Holland quotes to add to my list.  


My favorite is still "I don't know why they're not coming here"

#2674430 This hits the nail on the head......

Posted by GoWings! on Yesterday, 09:51 AM

Oh my god Holland really said this? He's making it too easy for us to rip on him here. What a disappointing, yet truthful read.

#2674333 New arena construction updates

Posted by frankgrimes on 28 April 2016 - 07:46 PM

Stop everything ... rather stay at the Joe if it is going to be named that.  

It's almost comical all those new arenas are over the top built, expensive as hell but lack soul, history and of course atmosphere

soo disappointed right now what in the name of is happening to this franchise? whatever the case it's not good

What's next free smartphones and WiFi in the arena? we are talking about the Red Wings here an original 6 team celebrate and embrace it instead of selling out like all the other teams

#2674302 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2016 - 06:42 PM

I agree with this perspective to a point and John Oliver did a solid episode on publicly funded arenas. I've heard arguments on the other side that also sway. I've seen that the arena is estimated to cost $627M and could go higher. Even though Ilitch is personally worth 5 billion+, I doubt his company has that amount of free cash to spend at one time so I understand if a certain amount coming from government funding.
One thing to consider on the naming issue, is that the Ilitches have essentially turned away a huge amount of money by not selling the naming rights to another company. Maybe it's their interest to have the advertising (although I don't think it's that much extra exposure - we all knew the new arena would be lined with Little Ceasars venders, signage, and they would give free pizzas at the games just like they do at the Joe). But think of the alternative of them taking a huge amount of public money and then using the arena to bring in an extra money to cover part of their end (Blues got 70 million for 20 years naming rights for the Savvis center for a random example)  Probably everyone would prefer Howe arena or honoring some local hero, but I think Little Ceasars is the best option for corporate naming.

I get WHY public funding is often necessary, I'm not even against public funding. I just think that if you're going to accept public funding for your teams new arena you should probably make an effort to represent and validate their contribution rather than be wholly greedy and promote your brand to their exclusion.

#2674298 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kickazz on 28 April 2016 - 06:31 PM

Ok this is getting annoying as hell.


Really? You chose a terrible name and now you want to put the giant ugly Little Caesar guy on top. Where's the Red and White?

#2674345 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 April 2016 - 08:11 PM

Wait, are they playing the game on the roof now?

The point on national TV and even during the pregame television feeds on Fox Sports Detroit they will have aerial shots of the Arena and the entire country will see the Little Caesars logo instead of the Detroit Red Wings logo. Absolutely disgusting and disappointing.

#2674275 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2016 - 05:36 PM

My only issues is the public funding aspect. The MASSIVE public funding. If the illitches had paid for it themselves they could name it whatever they want and I wouldn't have much to say.

#2674261 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2016 - 05:00 PM

I know, how dumb we are for preferring the name reflect the culture, history, or people of our great city instead of acting as an advertisement for sub par pizza. Perhaps we should build an alter to Mike Illitch in Campus Martius Park and ritualistically bow each time we pass since idol worship is now something to be proud of.

The arena is partially financed with public funds, so its not asking too much to have the name reflect the public, and not corporate, interest.

But that's just me. I'm a dreamer...who also played attention in civics class. Now if you'll excuse me, Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" just came on the radio and I need to go practice being slavish.

#2672912 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by matt198913 on 22 April 2016 - 07:54 AM

I don't hate Blashill, I feel sorry for him. Holland is to blame here.

#2672851 ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

Posted by NerveDamage on 21 April 2016 - 11:26 PM


#2671665 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by LeftWinger on 19 April 2016 - 09:08 PM

Does anyone still think Holland knows what he's doing? He has done nothing to make this team better in a long time. Blashill is in over his head. Not unless he is being told who to play...maybe that's why Babcock left.