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#2340458 Wings to offer $9 tickets this year

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 15 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

This is cool. It's not amazing but I won't complain, it's nice. At least the worst seats at the Joe aren't as bad as most arenas. Places like the Bell Center and Saddledome and many others are much worse.


The worst seats at the Saddledome are worse than getting mugged out back.  At least you can tell what's happening when you get mugged.

#2339965 Wings Looking For Defenseman

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 14 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

 I'd take Boumeester over Yandle any day and 3 times out of 3, given the right system this guy can be a stud again but I don't think Holland is willing to move the pieces to get him.



JBo's offensive output hasn't been worth his pay cheque in years.  He gets more mins in Calgary than he would here, so why would you assume his production would increase significantly?  The difference in mins should make up for the small difference in systems

#2339676 Datsyuk @ KHL Skills Competition

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 13 January 2013 - 12:17 AM

God damn that man is talented.

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#2338545 2013 BlueAdams Where Are You, Line Thread

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

I'm counting on your boy McCollum to save us in a few years.  


Ewwww... I'm a Mrazek fan if anything.  He was unreal at the World Jrs last year and has been brilliant in GR this year.

#2338544 Will anyone score 50 this year?

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 January 2013 - 01:56 PM

Part of Bettman's parity scheme. Restrict talent and skill with obstruction and bigger goalie equipment(which remains much bigger than before he became commissioner) and obstruction to give weaker teams a better chance of winning.
The media and fans kept complaining that hockey is less entertaining. Where have all the goals gone. Bettman would make it look like he was addressing the problem by claiming that the league will crack down on obstruction every subsequent year which they would give up oin early in the season claimimng it is impossible to police. All the while holding hockey hostage until he finally got the Cap to help with parity.

Player stats should come with an asterisk denoting seasons played while Bettman was commissioner (some players have lost 150 games due to lockouts) and had to play their careers while skill and talent was being artificially restricted.


Yeahhhh... Bettman told coaches to come up with the trap.  So Bettman innovated defensive hockey schemes with his prolific knowedge as a former NBA executive with no real background in hockey.




Oh, and apparently Bettman should be held responsible for Patty Roy popularizing the butterfly, goaltending equipment companies selling bigger gear and all those dry seasons that hurt farmers.

#2338379 Team Roll Call.

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 07 January 2013 - 09:34 PM

I happen to know that Downey's manhood and toughness during the regular season, made our soft Euros play tougher come playoff time.  It's like he rubbed off on them, especially Filppula.


A source close to the team (Hudler) told me so.  


Downey's rubbing off on soft euros is why they started making him get dressed in the room down the hall.

#2337896 NHL, NHLPA reach tentative agreement on new CBA

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 06 January 2013 - 12:29 PM


#2336516 Prospects That Have Missed The Boat

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 21 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

Nyquist is having a good year in Grand Rapids. Tatar has had respectable numbers. I'm not sure where Tatar fits, either. It'll be interesting to see how Andersson and Ferraro pan out. Any predictions on Mitch Callahan? I don't think he'll be much more than a 4th liner.

Tatar's been as good as Nyquist in GR this year... he's really been excellent-- especially with his play off the puck. Tatar's compete level is huge even if he's not.

#2333553 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 05 November 2012 - 08:37 PM

(a) You must've forgotten that was Uncle Gary who suggested to start negoting a new agreement more than a year ago. It were Fehr brothers who refused to negotiate anytime before All-Star game. (b) Uncle Gary represents businesses who rightfully authorized him to negotiate. If you doubt his ability to negotiate, call Mr. Ilitch and all other 28 owners (who are businessmen themself) and demand to relieve Uncle Gary from his duties.

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Ultimately Bettman is the captain of the ship and if the ship runs aground 3 times he needs to take responsibility.

That's why he's paid $8,000,000 a year. He doesn't need to be coddled or given excuses that the other side is tough to negotiate with. He's in charge and ultimately failure or success rests at his feet. This lockout is unquestionably a failure from many perspectives. Only the hardline group of 6-8 owners and Bettman himself seem to be happy with the situation.

#2324513 Bouwmeester opinions? Potential trades? *merged*

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 09 August 2012 - 06:49 PM

Calgary is NOT going to take our scraps and give us Boawmeestern. Theres no way.

That's great, no one is suggesting emmerton for bouwmeester but if they seriously want Nyquist, Filppula or Smith for a guy who hasn't cracked 30pts in the last 3 years they can go find a sucker somewhere else.

Even if Bouwmeester is worth that to someone else he's not worth that to this team. The Wings simply can't afford to trade young talent away with Dats and Z both entering the twilight of ther careers.

#2324281 Mezaros tears Achilles tendon

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 August 2012 - 09:29 AM

Holmgrem is a balls-to-the-wall GM. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

It's a shame that Holland is so careful making deals... if he ahd Holmgrem's balls maybe he'd also have Holmgrem's Stanley Cup rings :(

#2322315 Semin signs one year, $7m deal with Carolina

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 26 July 2012 - 08:57 PM

But the Suter deal could've been exactly that, and Holland made the offer.

A one year deal for Semin is among the lower risk contracts you could get.

Like I said, I'm just surprised and a little confused Holland wasn't even interested. Just seeing what Semin could do with Datsyuk and on the PP seems like enough incentive to at least kick the tires a little.

If he stinks it up, then it's money lost and some cap room that right now looks like it's not getting used anyway. Unless Holland's still got a trick up his sleeve.

It's 100% about salary structure. Holland will be negotiating with a few guys on extensions this year and that would be really tough to do if you just signed a guy with a terrible rep and hilariously declining production to the highest cap hit on the entire team...

#2322215 Semin signs one year, $7m deal with Carolina

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 26 July 2012 - 03:42 PM

Wow... you have to admire Semin's agent. Let's look at his history:

1st contract after rookie year: 4.6mil cap hit, 2 year long, Washington
08-09: 62gp / 34g / 79pts (1.27pt/g , 0.55 g/g)
09-10: 73gp / 40g / 84pts (1.15 pt/g, 0.55 g/g)

RFA contract: 6mil cap hit, 1 year long, Washington
10-11: 65gp / 28g / 54pts (0.83 pt/g, 0.43 g/g)

1st UFA contract: 6.7mil cap hit, 1 year long, Washington
11-12: 77gp / 21g / 54pts (0.70 pt/g, 0.27 g/g)

2nd UFA contract: 7 mil cap hit, 1 year long, Carolina
12-13: lol

Who wouldn't want to keep getting raises as your reward for plummeting performance? Semin's goals per game was half his established peak level two years prior and only 63% of where it was the year before.

Now top all that off with constant grumbles across the league about his poor attitude. Hilarious stuff.

I wonder if Illitch is tightening the purse strings a bit. It's really unusual for the Wings to just sit on $13 million. I know there aren't many great players out there, but at this point it wouldn't hurt to increase our depth with some bottom players and hope someone has a lucky year and plays above their skill set.

Since there doesn't seem to be any movement for a top defenseman or a top forward.

To be honest I think it has a lot to do with the cap uncertainty at this point. Holland doesn't want to swallow a poison pill contract just yet.

#2321814 Who is your favorite player from a team besides the Wings?

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 25 July 2012 - 09:29 AM

Remember the version of Ovechkin we saw from 2005-2009? The recklessly enthusiastic, cannonball shot towards the net Ovechkin? That guy was definitely my favourite non-Red WIng at the time (excluding ex-Wings like Feds who I had a soft-spot for until the very end). I saw Ovechkin play at the Worlds back in the summer of 08 when they were in Quebec City (I think that was when it was) and he was just so fun to watch out there. Despite all of his faults, Ovi can be a really fun player to watch. Same goes for Crosby... I don't really care for him on a personal level but I could watch him play hockey all day and never get bored. Even though he's a natural centre, I'd love to see Crosby play on Datsyuk's wing.

The sheer level of creativity on a Crosby-Datyuk line would be mind-boggling.

Lots of admirable players but if I had to choose one it would be Erik Karlsson

Honourable mention to Spezza, Alfredsson, Selanne, Giroux, Doughty, Koivu, Patrice Bergeron, Burns

:lol: I'd pay to watch Babcock shoot Spezza dirty looks for not back-checking.

#2321312 ESPN's NHL Team-Prospect Rankings...more bad news

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 23 July 2012 - 05:13 PM

The funny part is that the guy who ranked them 3rd on Hockey Prospectus is also a prospects writer for ESPN.

Admittedly I'm not super familiar with Detroit's prospects, but third?? Seems unlikely compared to the high drafts other teams have had year after year.

You have to read the guy's reasoning. Basically he's evaluating the entire pool itself, not the eliteness of one or two guys. He basically says that having 5 guys who are 7-8 out of 10 is better than 2 who are 9 out of 10.