After spending 3 days dealing with the stress of taking the Bar and ignoring everything hockey, I was hoping to reawaken to the hockey world by opening NHL.com and see that the Wings signed Semin and/or Doan. So I'll admit, it stung when I saw these two stories:
Yup, a double kick right into the gut. There was part of me that wanted to fling my computer across the room and write a story sorta like this one. But you know, that wasn't enough to break my spirit, not on a day like today. I'm in a good mood and nothing Kenny does (or doesn't do) is going to ruin that. So I'm going to continue to believe the idea that Detroit is the best run franchise on the planet. That Smith is going to have a breakout year and will be our next god on the blueline. That a certain Russian will age like Nick Lidstrom. And that at Kyle Quincey is actually underpaid at 3.75 million.
But mostly that Kenny knows something we don't about this new CBA and this entire summer has been in his gameplan all along. Because it's all going to be alright in the end. We've been told the sky is falling before, that Detroit's run was over. Turned out it was just raining Datsyuks and Zetterbergs.
I'm choosing to believe that again. LGRW.
Regardless of the team they ice I'll always cheer for the Wings. It's been disappointing sure, but there have been bigger disappointments, and dizzying high points too with hopefully more to come.
The end of an era is also the beginning of a new one, so for better or worse LGRW!
We have the best pickpocket/deker in the league, a goalie with the fighting spirit we love, one of the hardest legal hitters, a badass Swede named Zetty the Grizzly Teddy, and a hardworking grinder who likes get breakaways while shorthanded. I'm excited for the season. LGRW
huh.....There isn't complaining/arguing/general belly-aching in this post nor in the comments. Yahoo!
Can't wait for the season to start, even if the roster stays the way it is currently. In fact, if it doesn't involve Bobby Ryan, I hope the roster does stay the same. I wanna see what our young guns have to offer.
It's been awhile since I've posted anything on here. I opted to stay out of the FA discussions/debates. I stayed away from the negativity and frustrations. I took the advice of a very smart man who simply wrote, "Let it be." I never stopped believing in this team or being a proud Red Wings fan, though. I recently got a new job and found out that my boss is a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. He jokingly threatened to fire me if I wore a Wings jersey to work. Come opening day, you can bet I'll be sporting the red and white. I'm glad to see the return of posts such as this one.
Amen hallelujah . So tired of hearing how the sky is falling. Smith will be a stud Sammy's back the Monster will push Jimmy and we'll get a stud at the deadline. In Kenny we trust!
I posted this in another forum: There are too many factors to consider. Capgeek says we have a little over 13 million in cap space, but that isn't really true. With the signing of Abby still remaining and the fact that capgeek uses the averages of the salaries instead of the actual salaries the Wings in fact only have a little over 10 mil in cap space remaining. Now if we spent over 7 mil on one player that would leave us roughly 3 million in cap space. There are two problems with that. The Wings have 10 players coming up for contract renewal next year and some of those players are key guys. The next problem is that with the impending CBA the current salary cap could be reduced which could leave us with little to no cap space available. Now if we were to find a forward for say 4-6 million per year or eat up his contract with signing bonuses then that should keep the Wings in the green. Then the wings should trade a couple of guys for a good defense man, but we have 6 forwards (4 UFA 2 RFA) which doesn't help us in the trade market. That pretty much leaves us with Franzen and a prospect or two with availability for trade. I think the Wings are smart for waiting right now. With our current lineup the Wings are a playoff contender. Not so much for the Stanley Cup, but for nothing else then to preserve our streak. I am ok with that. One more down year to develop our younger players is not a bad thing especially since that is how the majority of our team is built to begin with. If the CBA does go down other teams will be in a mad scramble to dump some of their talent to make cap space and the Wings will benefit. If not then the Wings have some cap space available to make moves at the trade deadline with some desperate team. Holland is a very smart man and knows how to work the system properly. The Wings have been to the playoffs 21 straight years and have won multiple Stanley Cups in the modern era. I chose to trust him to do the right thing for sustained success vs. up and down years like other teams go through by mortgaging their futures year after year.