When my father was dying of lung cancer, my younger brother, whom like my dad is a huge Habs fan, sent a letter to the Canadiens organization requesting words of encouragement. Within a week, he received a letter for my dad, it was a hand written letter by Jean Beliveau wishing him the best, and thanking him for his many years of fandom.
I will never forget the look on my dad's face after reading that letter. It truly brought him joy in a very difficult time.
Ken Holland: Hello Daniel, I am calling to personally thank you for your many years of great service. You have been an integral part of the Detroit Red Wings since you signed on with us. However, despite earlier promises, I must regretfully inform you that we will not be offering you a contract for the upcoming season.
Daniel Cleary: Wow, Kenny… I mean… where did this come from?!? I've devoted the last ten years of my life to the Detroit Red Wings. I left money and term on the table last year in Philly so I could play here with the promise of another contract to come...
KH: I know Daniel, and we thank you for that, but based on you performance last year, and how well our prospects played filling in for you and other while the injury bug hit, we feel this is the direction we need to take as a franchise.
DC: C’mon man, you know I only played poorly last year because I was injured. There’s still plenty left in the ol’ gas tank. I know I can get back to my old form, and deep down inside, you know it too Kenny!
KH: That may be the case, Daniel. However we are simply not in a position where we can afford to bring you back on. I’m sorry.
DC: Wow!, what happened to you, man? You use to be cool.
KH: What?!? I’m still cool, Daniel.
DC: No, you’re not. You've changed man, and not for the better. Loyalty use to mean something to you. I guess it doesn't anymore.
KH: Loyalty is very important to me.
DC: Whatever, man. You’re all talk. Take your lies and broken promises elsewhere. Talk to you later…
KH: Wait! Don’t hang up! Let me see what I can do, Daniel. I’ll prove to you that I’m still cool. I’ll call your agent and see if we can’t work something out right away; perhaps a two-way contract?
DC: Two-way contracts aren't cool, man.
KH: You’re right, you’re right… I knew that. Definitely not cool. I can do better... just let me talk to your agent, ok? We’ll work something out, don’t worry Daniel.
DC: Cool, man. I’ll see you when camp opens. Ciao.
Well I respond - did anyone actually believe Sammy would be so low to claim injured status to avoid being bought out after seeming perfectly fine and having a broken nail? That was showing little class.
Why is everyone so sure Sammy isn't legitimately hurt? This is the same guy who was hurt for 98% of last season; is it so hard to believe he may still be injured?
I know it was reported he was ready to go near the end of our playoff run, but many guys play hurt at that time of year. There's also the possibility that he may have re-aggravated his injury somewhere along the line.
Not trying to defend the guy, I want him off this roster as much as anyone, but to go as far as say we should send him down to Toledo is ridiculous.
Also, how many of us wouldn't try pulling the same stunt if he isn't indeed still injured? He claims injury, and gets his full $3M, or he gets bought out and gets $2M... and before anyone says $2M plus the chance at another contract with another team, keep in mind, GMs likely aren’t lining up to sign a guy who missed all but 9 games (including playoffs) last year.
It's quotes like these that assure me you don't know anything about our prospects.
We have two guys in juniors that are battling it out for the CHL DMan award. We have an amazing Swedish DMan that is near the league leaders for DMan points. A Swedish forward that is making men look like boys all while being on a super craptastic team. One of the best up and coming DMen in the KHL.
That's not even considering a two time hobey baker finalist who is NLT down in the minors to keep our depth alive when it is darn apparent that depth is the key to success this year. Brunner and Tatar are showing they are NHL ready and doing a very fine job in their roles (don't straw man me and remind Brunner wasn't drafted by us).
On top of all that you can't spell XO's name or Jarnkrok's name correctly and you somehow throw McKee in the mix when talking about talented prospects. Just stop talking about Detroit prospects. Just stop.
Our 2011 Draft is looking amazing at this point, especially on D. Sproul is looking like the best defenseman in the entire CHL(wonder where he'd be if not for a broken arm at the start of the season). Ouellette looks like an extremely gifted player on both ends of the ice. Backman and Marchenko are both looking like late round steals, and even Nedomlel is rounding into a nice, more physical, Lilja type defenseman.
Jurco could end up being a stud, Quine has looked unstoppable since being traded to Belleville, and if Tvrdon could get healthy, he might be a force as well.
Nyquist, Tatar, Mrazek, Oulette, Sproul, Jarnkrok, Jurco, Frk, and Paterson are all highly regarded. Ferraro, Sheahan and Andersson are all having break-out years (Andersson was just named the AHL's player of the week). The Wings had 2 players on Team Canada's WJC team (and one who just missed the cut), two of the highest regarded defensemen in the OHL, one of the top forwards in the QMJHL (Frk has 38pts in 28gms), 2 kids named to the AHL All-Star team and a leading candidate for the AHL's rookie of the year (Mrazek). On top of this they also have 2 forwards in the Q who are putting up at least a point per game (Quine and Athanasiou) who aren't even included among the players I just listed.
It's ok to doubt the enthusiasm of some posters but you're deeply, deeply incorrect in stating that the Wings farm system isn't excellent.
Neither Quine nor Athanasiou play in the Q, they're both OHL boys.
Who is the second highly regarded Defensman we have playing in th OHL? I only know of Sproul. I suspect you're speaking of Ouellet who plays in the Q.
I completely agree with you on our farm system however. We have a very talented group of young players, especially for our average draft position.
Yeah, thats why some are projecting Mcilrath to be a top 10 pick and Tinordi is going late first at best.
I'm really scratching my head as to how you could say Tinordi would be better. Theyre the same type of player, Mcilrath is just better at that style.
Tinordi is a better skater, has more offensive upside, is equally as big, just doesn't drop the gloves nearly as much as Mcilrath. He's a great leader, had a great combine, and has the whole bloodline thing going for him.
Tinordi simply fits better in our system than Mcilrath would, and that's a fact. Everyone on here wants Mcilrath because he's a big meat head, stay at home defender/fighter, and that's something we've lacked for a long time (fighter part anyway).
Kenny also loves to draft college bound players, and Tinordi happens to be heading to Notre Dame. That gives him more time to develop before a qualifying offer needs to be made.
I wouldn't be the slightest bit upset if we ended up with Mcilrath, though I'd honestly prefer Tinordi.
Rioting after a 2nd round win? Shows you what their franchise has sunk to.
Maybe it's a good thing that they've sucked for the last 15 years, or else we'd see more riots in Montreal.
A second round win for a team who were suppose to be eliminated (with ease) by the caps, and then by the pens as well. This team has already won two stanley cups(at least in it's fan's eyes) by eliminating the only two worthy seeds in the East.
Both my old man, and my younger brother are habs fans... while they of course want their team to advance to the SCF, beating both the caps and the pens has pretty much made this a winning season/post-season.
Side note: any Canadian who doesn't acknowledge Quebec as being a part of this great country, is not a true Canadian.
Datsyuk - A+ (5 goals, 8 points... last years playoff totals: 1 goal, 9 points)
Homer - B (Homer being Homer)
Franzen - B- (Hard to fault a guy for having a point per game, but he's been very quiet up to now)
Zetterberg - A+ (round 1 MVP)
Filppula - A+ (proving doubters wrong)
Bertuzzi - B+ (complimenting Z and Fil beautifully)
Helm - C+ (very strong on the pk, but a minus 3 makes it hard to grade him anything over a C+)
Draper - C (could be better; could be worse)
Eaves - C (0 points and a minus 2, though like Helmer, been great on the pk)
Abby - A (providing everything asked of him)
Miller - B (strong on the pk, and chipping in with a goal)
Cleary - C- (0 points, even with limited ice time, it'd be nice to see Clears chip in)
Lidstrom - A+ (expect any less?)
Rafalski - B (not particularly strong, we need team USA Raffi)
Stuart - A (beast, 2 goals, 6 points, +6)
Kronner - B (we want the BIG hit!!)
Lilja - B (soild in limited ice time)
Ericsson - C+ (few turnovers, but played well regardless)
Howie - A (aftrnoon games aside, Howie was spectacular)