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Does that make up for Yzerman?
1 year, 2 months ago on Video: Alexander Steen's late goal against Chicago
He is all but gone from Detroit. While in America you never saw his wife or child. When he got divorced his x-wife left with the daughter fast. This was a mutual decision. Datsyuk goes "home" every summer. Home is not Detroit. In direct contrast to when in America, while playing in Russia he gave interviews on TV WITH his daughter. He simply does not want his daughter in American schools. Or involved with all the grief of being the kid of a professional athlete here. Nicklas Lidström had similar issues. When his sons got to be high school age they went to Sweden and stayed with his sister. The differance in the situations is Datsyuk's kid lives in Russia. He has endless class and will never disrespect the Red Wings organization but the fact is he is all but done and sooner then later. Look for it to happen like Lidström's retirement. Announces his retirement, four days later is the kids last day of school, eight days later he is in Sweden and has been back one time for a few days. Bye it's been fun LATER. Been a Red Wings fan for years (as David knows). One thing I cant stress enough about the European and Russian players. They are respectful and respect the opportunity offered. They rarely wish to stay and often struggle with staying. They don't view it as a bonus to be here and ALWAYS want to go home. Also in the last 5-7 years schooling here (for the ones with kids) is becoming a huge issue. They simply keep it real quiet because the would get hammered with the political fall out from saying it publicly.
1 year, 8 months ago on Pavel Datsyuk's future in Detroit remains a mystery | April | 2013 Articles
@miendiem @David Rogers "Few teams have to deal with an entire line being lost over the course of a couple weeks". In the first 24 games Detroit averaged 6 guys out every game. An entire line sounds kinda good to some of us. I was convinced the wings had no change of making the playoffs. Glad I kept it to myself mostly. The level of play across the board has been dismal this year. The short season the rush to start. The quality has simply not been there for the most part.
1 year, 9 months ago on St. Louis: Good, Bad and Ugly from the First Half of 2013
If you have to penalize this hit, then you might as well turn it into "flag" hockey. Your guy turned around right into the guys shoulder. It's getting to the point in Hockey anytime a player gets hurt people scream hit to the head. Then you have guys like Sidney Crosby. That everyone is afraid to hit because they know he has a weak bell on him and will be out for months. Hockey is starting to look like 5 NFL quarterbacks running around no one can hit. Your assertion "Olver’s elbow was up, which could be deemed dangerous" is extremely weak. He simply brought his arm across the front of him. What was he going to do lead with his face? You also say "a hit to the head is a hit to the head". If that's the case I guess it time to change it to women's lingerie hockey and make hitting illegal. Last time the Wings played the Blues we had SEVEN guys hurt. The commentators on NBC sports said on air "if you want to know Detroit's injured list pull it up on-line there is to much to read here ha ha". I never said a word about it. Now one of you good players get hurt and you write a Black / white piece? The "a hit to the head is a hit to the head" logic. Please Methinks in this case you need to work on your "without bias" part.
1 year, 9 months ago on Tarasenko Injured, No Discipline Coming
@David Rogers @miendiem Well I assume you did not watch the game with Detroit commentators. I will add they agree with your assessment. The first two power plays for the blues were head scratchers. For God sakes the second one a Blues player stepped on a Wings stick and some how it became tripping. The one on Backes it took about two seconds for them to say "Hey Tootoo did the same thing 5 minutes ago and it was not a penalty". No one like an inconsistent game. I would love to gloat with the win. I will settle for at least we bothered to show up this time.
1 year, 10 months ago on NHL Officiating Hits a New Low
Blues chief operating officer Bruce Affleck says some of the layoffs will be permanent - a decision made by the team's new owners. Now John Davidson? This is a corporate downsizing by the new owners. They just put a "lockout dress" on it to make it look better.
2 years, 2 months ago on John Davidson Leaving the Blues
@David Rogers @miendiem David I invested 8 years at one company. It's now a parking lot. Then I invested 10 at another. It's now an empty building. Trust me I do understand. In my case we are talking years not months. However, I am no victim.
I pulled myself up and changed the way I do business. Neither were my "fault". I do understand very well!
From experience I can guarantee you one thing.
If in your mind you can justify feeling like a victim, Your feeling sorry for yourself and blaming someone else.
I choose to not feel sorry for myself and keep my tools very portable. Having a full understanding that in 2012 tomorrow is no guarantee. Victim psychology helps no one.
2 years, 2 months ago on Blues Announce Layoffs and Reduced Hours
@miendiem As normal your much more politically correct then I am. Nonetheless the vast majority of the million people in Michigan who lost there job were not terminated for poor performance either.
My feeling is, we have become a society fixated with victim psychology. It does us no favors. Because by default if there is a victim there is a victimizer. Thus someone to blame other then oneself.
Anyone who works for a NHL team post 2004 is well aware of the job "risks". One needs to take responsibility for that and be prepared. It's that simple really.
This is a reality of 2012 not just in hockey but in life. What you make today is no guarantee for tomorrow. Who you work for today is no guarantee for tomorrow.
The sooner folks realize that and adjust there behavior. The better off they will be. The victim card is old, over used and quickly becoming pathetic. IMO
Victim? That's a little thick. I grow increasingly tired of the oppressed and oppressor all the time. You choose to work for a professional sports team. They are not playing. you don't work. You choose to be a farmer and the weather is bad. You don't work. You choose to work for the auto industry. They are not selling cars. You get less hours. Does that make everyone a victim by default?
Why is it no matter what. When ever anyone faces the least little bit of hardship they are either oppressed or a victim. Considering oppressed and victim mean virtually the same thing? Did I miss the line where they were handing out the "stress free no change or hardship" guarantees when I was born?
Here is a justifiable reason for you. Life is hard..... Deal with it......there are no guarantees.....put your big boy pants on people. Every time something hard happens it does not make you a victim by default.
"disrupt so many families for no reason is disgraceful." The blues just like any other NHL team have around 100 front office employes. In the big picture that's virtually nothing.
Forgive me I come from a state that has lost a MILLION middle class jobs in the last ten years. Not 20. The difference is we don't consider yourselves victims.
@David Rogers @miendiem I said here before "it should be noted Colaiacovo has played 60+ games the past four seasons. I don't find that injury prone at all. Similar to Kronwall." Perhaps that's a luxury I have had I don't appreciate. The ability to call up players for a short time to cover holes. I am not saying that the players in Grand Rapids are great or as good as Detroit. However, there are always a couple D men there that can come fill in for a game or two and not be a bullet to the head. The same was said about Kronwall when he struggled to a lesser extent early on in his career to stay healthy. All things said I think Detroit is better with him, we will see.
2 years, 3 months ago on Carlo Colaiacovo Officially Signs with Detroit
@miendiem @David Rogers I would call it the least bad choice. Certainly nothing I am excited about. Also at a little over two mill a year they all but labeled him a 2ad 3rd line fill in. Krownwall,Quincey, White, Ericsson are all making more then that for Detroit. It's a cheep band aid. Prolly second, third line with some power play time for scoring. Role player and a decent one at that but nothing that's going to cure Detroit's issues. I have been wrong before but it's not earth shattering. With the current situation and low price the blues matching the offer would not surprise me at all. it should be noted Colaiacovo has played 60+ games the past four seasons. I don't find that injury prone at all. Similar to Kronwall. I see it as a replacement for Kronwall after he moves to the first line. Labeling it an improvement might be too optomisitc.
2 years, 3 months ago on Colaiacovo Destined for Detroit?
@David Rogers @miendiem Matt Greene graduated High school from my small home town. They are having a parade on Friday. I figure it it's literally going to be two blocks from my house I will go see it. However, I would have much preferred to have to drive to Detroit 2 hours away to have seen it again.
2 years, 4 months ago on The Arguments For and Against Carlo Colaiacovo
@miendiem @David Rogers All I know is, that in 5 days I get to walk two blocks from my house and see the Stanley cup again. How sweet is that!
After 24 hours of reflection.......The apology stands wrong place wrong time...... After the Meme comment... don't really care if I am welcome or not...I will comment on hockey news... If you choose to ignore me or block me so be it....reviewing my posts "I notice you blocked delete now" I don't have issue with any of the points i made.
2 years, 4 months ago on Vegas Gives St. Louis 10/1 Odds to Win the 2013 Cup
@David Rogers I do hope aside from the rant I am still welcome. The hockey digestion and examination here is above par. Aside from that particular topic I do promise to behave.
@David Rogers OK.........This subject makes me very very angry. For my ranting on your blog I am sorry. This is not the place for it. I should have simply noted my dissatisfaction with your comment and left it at that. For that I apologize. The hockey blog and twitter are not necessarily attached at the hip. I am sorry David I know to much on this topic.
What have the Penguins done to warrant being twice as likely to win? What has Detroit or Chicago done to be just as likely as the Blues to win? The wild had the best record in the NHL last year early on and added two huge players and are 20-1? Give me some dice and a super sized Slurpee, I could prolly do as well as this list.
@David Rogers @miendiem By the way an ad lib comedy show might describe us more closely then you intended! Just say in.......
2 years, 4 months ago on Central Division Continues to Weaken
@David Rogers @miendiem Just making a random reply to get random points that don't mean anything or a random prize that's invisible.
Aside from that I am pleasantly surprised by there match.
@miendiem Been meaning to ask David about the points. If I get enough points for comments do I get a free coffee or something? At least toss some free chips on poker stars gees! ;)
@miendiem Preds just matched the offer. I am pleasantly surprised by this. If more follow suit things could get interesting.
@miendiem @David Rogers At a plus 7 and 19 points you might want to keep Carlo Colaiacovo. What else is there? Mark Eaton at a plus 17? Cam Barker who has been cut by Chicago and Edmonton? Radek Martinek more then likely going back to Europe. There was one at the end of the list. Mike Commodore would fit well there I wonder if they would even look at him. Should have gotten more time in Detroit last year. For 1 mill it sure fits the bill.
2 years, 5 months ago on T.J. Oshie Signs Five-Year Extension with St. Louis
@miendiem4.1 for 5 years sounds like a steal with the numbers that have been going around. Thinks you guys did good with this. A performance bonus or two will eat up that 550k with little problem. You might not have to do anything more dont know what performance bonus are on the table next year that could show up. 109 points last year and at the cap floor unreal.
@miendiem @David Rogers Ok I was way off. someone hand me some coffee. They pay little but still count the same towards the cap. In a nut shell pushing the "cap hit" down the road. It's used to circumvent the cap. It's the only way to pay 100 million. You sign the contract knowing that buy the time you get there the rules will be different.
For the first 9 years of the Zetterberg contract they take a cap hit less then what he is getting paid. The last three years the cap hit is many times more then what they pay him. The final year they pay 1 mill and take a 6.8 mill cap hit. After reading the contract I never expected him to play till the end of it.
Per the old CBA "It is also prohibited to renegotiate a player's contract in any way. The only way to end a player's contract early is to buy it out, or have the player retire." In a nut shell if the player in under 35 "the Mogilny rule" signs a multi year front loaded contract. Then retires at 37-38 a very reasonable retirement age for the NHL. Also understanding they are not getting paid much. The cap hit money pushed down the road goes up in smoke.
For the cap hit to continue it's my understanding the player has to be over 35 when signing the deal. Far as i am concerned its cheating. I fully expect The Wings to never pay around 12 mill of that cap hit for zets.
2 years, 5 months ago on Blues Fans Optimistic for 2012-13 Despite Free Agency Lull
@miendiem @David Rogers Only way to shrink the gap is to maintain the floor and lower the cap. Then limit the total number of years a contract can be signed for. If this happens the teams that have the most Money NOW are the teams that will get the players. This would be the best situation for the Blues and the Wings.
One thing that seems missed is the 12 year contracts Detroit started this mess with. They were front heavy. The last 4-5 years pay little and account for next to no cap hit. Something this current croup of contracts seem to be getting away from. If I am not mistaken the last years of both pay a flat 1 mill.
I don't seem them signing a new cba without a year limit on contracts. If this happens it would change everything. You would see more 2-3 year contracts based on what you have to spend now. Would increase player movement. Rewarding teams with lower cap amounts.
I really think that is what will happen. All the teams in the NHL seem more then willing to stay with in the top and bottom limit. The only thing left to take/change is the multi year contract used to circumvent the cap.
@miendiem Perhaps, I just can't shake the feeling cash is king right now. Not the ones spending it, the ones who have it. Preseason I will still rank the Blues ahead of the Wings. The Blues are one piece away from winning. If you can't get that piece then best to stand pat. However, sadly I agree it does not mean playoff success. More like another good year another playoff appearance and exit. I'm not convinced we will have to worry about it next year (yes I said it).
@miendiem The price for who is available makes it unreasonable to get much. I remember when I got all kinds of grief for the Zetterberg deal. 12 years and 78 million sounds down right reasonable now does it not? The wings have a ton of money and I don't expect them to do anything. My feeling is those who wait and sign what they have will win this year. The rules will change after the bargaining. The folks who have the room and money will be able to take advantage of it. I do find it quite funny that Blues fans are saying "we can't expect much more then last year". If my memory serves me correct you guys had a pretty darn good year did you not?
@miendiem Frankly I find the moves the Blues have made to be exceptional. With your record last year and who you have under contract I expect to be looking up at you all of next year. From my perspective I am not overly optomisitc.
2 years, 5 months ago on Blues Trade B.J. Crombeen to Tampa Bay
@miendiem Your keeping a lot of your own. Sadly I suspect that's the winning recipe for this year.
2 years, 5 months ago on David Perron Signs a New Four-Year, $15.25 Million Extension
@miendiem They traded him for another unrestricted free agent. So for nothing.
2 years, 6 months ago on John Davidson's Future Uncertain
@miendiem Sighs we just traded Brad Stuart for nothing. Because it was the right thing to do. Three weeks early. That's at least worth mention here.
"I've been living here, my family's been in California," Stuart said after the Wings cleaned out their lockers. "I've got a stepdaughter that needs to finish high school so that's how it is. There's really no way to get around that. My boys are getting older now, they're four and five, so it's getting harder to be away from them."
moves like that add value.
@miendiem I cant fault your analysis at all. Considering the situation with Davidson's job I prolly should have kept my mouth shut and watched the cards fall. With all you have said about the city I guess you should be glad they are still there at all. It certainly does not sound like the city wants them there. I know if I won the lotto and decided to buy an nhl team with it. Considering all you said I would not look at ST Louis. Either the city wants you there and supports you or they don't.
@miendiem Pull up the Forbes listing of team values in hockey. You will see 80% of the value of the teams is Market, Stadium, brand. The "sport" section that includes TV revenue is a minor part. The NHL have never been a TV contract driven league. The successful teams cover most /all of player costs thru gate recites. Then make profit off TV and merchandise sales. The truth is the fans support the league not the tv contract. I would have it no other way.
@miendiem I accept your objections at face value. However, teams with deep pocket owners have not always had good times.Mike ilitch did not "make" money on the wings for years.
The fact that the Blues have been unable to get out from under the city's entertainment tax is just sad and a very good point. However, I might add NO ONE wants to be in Detroit.
I am not fully versed in the long sanding issues you refer to. So I will simply give you 100% credit that you know the facts.
The blues are one of my top 5 teams and I want to see success. I still feel they are fixing things that are not broke for the sole reason of money. Having a face "Brett Hull" does not equal the right guy for the job. Kinda sounds like you have the right guy for the job just don't want to pay him. All the other teams looking at him know what he costs and don't care. Shrugs, should tell you something.
@miendiem In reading about the Stillman group, it appears you have new owners but still carry 80% debt. With that being the case I am not sure how anything has improved for you. Local ownership is great but if they are maxed out with capital how are they going to be successful? Sadly I cant say I am overly optimistic.
@miendiem From the outside looking in. It appears the Stillman group are fixing things that are not broke for the sole reason of money. This does not bode well for your future. If their main goal is making money winning will always be second. It appears finances dictate decisions. I do hope thats not the case.
@David Rogers I am more optimistic about the Blues next year then the wings. Nice addition.
2 years, 6 months ago on Vladimir Tarasenko Chooses the NHL & St. Louis
Are they ever going to fix puck drunk love? Two moths later its still hitting on virus scan? Now it's a specific trojan.
2 years, 6 months ago on Grading the 2011-12 Blues - Jamie Langenbrunner
2 years, 7 months ago on Blues Give an Improved Effort, Can't Avoid Sweep
Hard to giveaway games and win a series in the playoffs. However, this year I put away the crystal ball. It's anybody's cup.
2 years, 7 months ago on Lackadaisical Blues Drop Game 1
@David Rogers OMG David Backes are you SERIOUS! ..........Is this some sort of Blues Joke..... I mean he just does not score enough ...blah blah blah. Just giving some of the same crap they said about Datsyuk. After watching him play I think he is the second best forward in the league (have to give my guy the nod). With the nomination it seems others agree. If he had a few more takeaways I might even have given him the nod.
2 years, 7 months ago on David Backes Named a Selke Finalist
@miendiem well frankly I assumed Detroit would be gone . Vancouver gone as well , as with Pittsburgh,and Chicago looking slow. The Rangers looking really bad. Luck be with you it's looking good.
2 years, 8 months ago on Blues Will Face the Los Angeles Kings in Round 2
I read the comments and considered my thoughts. Bottom line "first gift aside" was a stud game. You out shot them and won more face offs. You deserve to win period. The penalty calls were absurd! However, 100% kill rate wins most games. I will add all the power plays secures any stat really. Nonetheless, it was a stud game. Personal opinion, I hate games that power plays have such an effect on. I personally don't think they had an effect on the outcome of this game. However, that was not for a lack of effort.
2 years, 8 months ago on Blues Even Series with Two Goaltenders & Physical Play
@David Rogers @miendiem Note my lack of bringing up the Zetterberg hit now that it has happened. It does seem to go both ways.
2 years, 8 months ago on NHL Officials Turn a Blind Eye
@David Rogers Might add I would never use my real name there. So a heads up is required in my book.
2 years, 8 months ago on Blues Fail to Capitalize on Opportunities, Fall in 2nd OT
@David Rogers Your more active there and I don't want to horde to much space here. Also I have never used it. So I should at least look at it.
@miendiem David Also the "Pen Island" on twitter is me. Figured I would start that after giving up puck drunk love because of the Trojans.
@miendiem Sweet sounds like you had a grand time. I am so jealous. A game one at home is something to never be missed. This first game may come back to haunt you. It's going 6 or 7.
@David Rogers @MasimoOddo David I don't fear the fact the blues lost the first game. Eighty two games of what you did earned that fact. You also did not have 9 penalties in the first 30 minutes to deal with. The sharks look like the playoff sharks. This first game may come back to haunt you. It's going 6 or 7.
@MasimoOddo Your diatribe does little for your case. I might add the level of hockey critique leaves a bit to be desired.