Meanwhile, Brett Lebda looks unimpressed (or he's thinking how many centuries he'd have to play in the NHL to ever reach that total himself).
Congratulations to Nicklas Lidstrom. This is truly an amazing accomplishment for the six-time Norris Trophy winner. With the career 1,000 points, Lidstrom becomes just the eighth defenseman in NHL history to reach the milestone and the first European defenseman ever. As the title of this post suggests, he is just the fourth player in Detroit's illustrious franchise history to reach 1,000 points.
It couldn't have come on a better night either, as he was in front of the hometown Hockeytown crowd who adore him and the Wings picked up a victory against a soaring team. Although, Detroit owns the Kings at the Joe in the past decade. I believe the record is 11-1 after Thursday night's victory.
Wings remain at the Joe for a game on Saturday evening against the Colorado Avalanche, then they head west.
Go Wings, or get Kronwalled.no comments
With all the hoopla about the Lions winning their first game in what felt like a decade, the Pistons new look squad starting training camp, and of course, the Tigers making a run at the AL Central Division with just three games to go, the Detroit Red Wings season kind of jumped out from the dark and yelled, "SURPRISE!"
The Wings will begin their 2009-2010 campaign today at 3 PM EST in Sweden (isn't that weird!?) against the St. Louis Blues. The Red Wings went 4-5 during the preseason, but ended strong with a 4-1 win over the reigning champs, Pittsburgh Penguins, and a 6-2 victory against Farjakdlkadslk in Sweden.
Detroit enters the season with their anchors on defense, Chris Osgood and Nicklas Lidstrom a year older, and have lost some key names from a year ago. However, with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Franzen running the show the Red Wings should be able to compete with the upper echelon for yet another year.
Some news sources are counting the Wings out this year, including one that says the Wings will finish 8th in the Western Conference! That's fine. What this team needs more probably now than ever, given some of the ages on this team, is people to doubt them and make them want it that much more. It's not easy being a Stanley Cup favorite year in and year out, because the pressure and expectations wear on you. Being the underdog can do good for the Red Wings this year. Osgood and Lidstrom are running out of Stanley Cup opportunities and it'd be amazing to get them at least one more.
So, hockey season is finally back. The puck drops today at 3 PM EST and while you wait for the next hour or so, here are some of the greatest Red Wings goals:
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Former 101 WRIF Riff Rock Girl and Pistons Automotion dancer, Cristy Lee, will be the new video hostess inside the Joe Louis Arena. She's gorgeous, she knows hockey, and she's all about Detroit -- does it get much better than that for overly testosterone-filled dudes?
I've attached a couple videos for you to get to know her a little better. She also has a blog that I flagged down with my Google searching capabilities.
I've noticed on the official Detroit Red Wings fan page some people, particularly ladies, are not happy about Ms. Lee's new gig. Sure, she'll probably take away attention from some husbands/boyfriends/lesbian girlfriends/single dudes you wish would notice you instead, but, I assure you, the real Red Wings fans and she will be all business when it comes to game time. She's off to a great start as the Wings won their first pre-season game last night, 3-1.
Oh, and did I mention that she's smart too? We at D4L are happy to have her aboard and reppin' our winged wheelers.no comments
Today is "Shocker Monday", and Chuck Norris and I are going to give you a couple good old, rib-jarring shockers.
Shocker #1: 25 year old Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler was awarded $5.75 meeeleon dollars by an arbitrator, yet turned it down to head out to the good ol' U.S.S.R. to play for a team there and make a cool $10 million instead, tax-free by the way. Yet, there is clearly another motive for this surprising move, however, and I know what it is. My sources tell me that Hudler's girlfriend, Czech model Simona Krainova, (pictured above with Hudler), is a huge bitch. There, I said it. And I'm not talking about her height (she's 5'9")- She's bossy, demanding, and over-bearing. She has told media members how much she expects the young forward to spend on her engagement ring (think starter home.) She interrupts him in interviews and talks down to him. I would move to Russia too if I were stuck with this miserable wench. We don't care how hot you are, honey, looks only go so far and men can only take so much of a lippy woman, no matter how luscious her breasticles are or how tight her dumper is. So don't be too hard on poor Jiri, he's only trying to escape the claws of this aggressive cougar (did I mention she's 36 and 11 years older than Jiri?- come on buddy, you're a millionaire athlete, you can do better than that.)
Shocker #2: It should be announced soon that Detroit's beloved Motor City Bowl, annually featuring the best of the MAC against the best 6-6 team George Perles can find, will change its name to the "Little Caesars Pizza Pizza Bowl." I'm not kidding. The name is heinous, but I'm going to look at the glass as half-full, and consider that this will mean millions of dollars for Mike Illitch, which puts him one step closer to buying the Detroit Lions from the Fords. A boy can dream, can't he?
Finally, John Mapplethorpe wants you to know that the Detroit4lyfe team physician is now on Twitter, and you can follow him at http://twitter.com/cpackey and tweet with him about Detroit4lyfe, Detroit sports, medicine, Jessica and Tony's break-up, whatever. Now scram, before I give you another shocker..no comments
If you want your innocent Stanley Cup hopes and dreams killed, then do business with Marian Hossama Bin Laden. He will lead you on that he wants to be a winner, but then bail and go off to try and kill some other team's quest for dominance
After terrorizing the Penguins in 2008, he turned down a lucrative offer to jump ship and sign with the dominant Detroit Red Wings. His strategic plan from within worked as he blew up the Wings' 2009 Stanley Cup repeat chances. Detroit stupidly tried to give Hossama a chance to resign and continue his journey for that elusive Cup, but Hossama decided that he would take his Al Quaida, which means "one hand on the stick", moves to the Chicago Blackhawks, which also included a little more money for more fire power AKA more money so that his girlfriend can afford the better brands of pussy whips.
Hossama Bin Laden signed a ridiculous 12-year deal (a deal that will take Hossama to his hockey terrorist death bed age of 42) with the young Blackhawks. And why not, it all makes sense. The Blackhawks are a young, promising team looking to win their first Stanley Cup since 1960-61 and Hossama will be damned if they rise to the top. He'll spend the next 12-years terrorizing this franchise, so they will not reach elite status and have their names ingrained on sports' most coveted trophy.
He's done it his entire career, but most recently he's done it to the Penguins in 2008, the Red Wings in 2009, and he'll be doing it to the Blackhawks for the next 12-years. That is unless the U.S. Government can find him and put an end to Hossama's terrorism.
UPDATE: This is clearly just a joke and I don't really believe Hossa is a terrorist, or that he even makes any team worse. He's a great player as evidenced by his numbers. If you don't have a strong sense of humor then just move along. No need for profanity laced comments.no comments
It's 2:46 AM on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, depending on what type of person you are. Me, I'm a Tuesday night guy, but I know there are people out there who would view this 2:46 AM as Wednesday morning. That's fine, but that's a discussion for a whole other post and day. It is somewhat relevant though as for some of the NBA and NHL teams out there 2:46 AM signifies just two hours and forty-five minutes after the free agent period starts and that means butting heads on negotiations and hopefully giving fans of respective cities Christmas-like feelings when they wake up in the morning and see via however they get their news that their team signed a big name free agent. Well, that happens for the "It's 2:46 AM on Wednesday morning" guys who have to go to sleep because it's already morning and "boo hoo, I'm sweepy." For guys like me, a real man (with a little wee wee), I'm able to stay up and see these types of deals, or lack thereof, go down as they happen.
I must digress before you click away, if you haven't already.
Reportedly Marian Hossa has been offered anywhere from $3.75 million to $4 million per year to sign a long-term contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Ken Holland has insisted many times that the Wings can not break the bank with Hossa as they would have to cut ties with players they really cannot afford to lose. That being said, the Wings definitely want Hossa to resign. I mean, who wouldn't want a guy who averages a little over 30 goals a season and is just 2-years removed from having a 100 point season?
Remember, Hossa turned down big money from the runner up Pittsburgh Penguins a year ago to sign with the then Stanley Cup Champions, Detroit Red Wings because he had an insatiable appetite to win a Stanley Cup and the Red Wings, who paid him a little under $7.5 million this past season, were his best chance. At the time it was a lovable decision, unless you were a Penguins fan, one that any true sports fan has to respect: a player who doesn't care about more money and security (even though he was getting plenty of it) to try and accomplish his dream of winning the Stanley Cup.
Sure it can be looked at from the other side and argued that Hossa merely hopped onto the Wings bandwagon, but reality is he joined one of the best run organizations in hockey, turned down a lot of money to do so, and entered into a situation to achieve what I believe is all young hockey boys' dreams: to hold up that 35 1/4 pound silver plated cup at the end of the season and then bath your dog in it when it's your turn to keep it over the summer.
As everyone knows, the Wings lost to the Penguins in this year's Stanley Cup Finals which made Hossa an easy target for point and laugh jokes, kick-me signs, and photo shopped pictures of just about anything anti-Hossa. Hossa's disappearance from the NHL Finals this year made people wonder if the Red Wings would even consider re-signing him, but it was never thought that Hossa would jump ship yet again from a runner up team.
That seems to be exactly the case, though as he has reportedly turned down Detroit's latest offer. Although negotiations may continue to occur, if he ultimately does reject the Red Wings final, and not a penny more, offer then he will be negating every admirable thing he did a season ago (again aside from Penguins fans views) and put himself in another vulnerable position for school-boy-bitch-bashing. He'll be selling out not only by Red Wings standards, or Penguins standards for that matter, but selling out on his own standards. Just a year ago he didn't really care about money and wanted to win a Stanley Cup and now all he cares about is getting a better offer? Weak sauce.
The fact of the matter is, the Red Wings still provide Hossa with his best chance to win a Stanley Cup. Four Stanley Cups in the last 12-years is still the best in all of the NHL. Throw in that Ken Holland is probably the best GM in all of hockey and Mike Illitch will continue to do whatever it takes to make his Detroit teams winners, even if it means upping the $5 Hot and Ready pizzas to $10, it's a lock that Detroit possesses the best odds to win a Stanley Cup year in and year out.
So in my book, Hossa has only two options: stay loyal to a team for once in your life and finish the job he started a year ago when he signed with the Wings or sell out.
One decision comes with love from Hockeytown and anyone who respects the game of hockey and sports in general while the other decision comes with loads of Hossa and hummus hate (I'll always hate hummus).
I can tell you right now, I will no longer feel any sympathy for the man who has lost not one, but two Stanley Cups in a row. I will certainly not feel sorry for him if he leaves the Wings and they happen to beat his new team in next year's Finals. Wouldn't that be ironic?
Make the right decision, Marian. Re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings or "I will destroy you."
In honor of tonight's NHL Draft and the former No. 1 overall pick, I figured I would put up a hockey post.
Congratulations to Chicago Blackhawks young forward, Patrick Kane on landing the cover of the EA Sports NHL '10 video game (h/t Zoner Sports). This is quite a feat for the 20-year old kid, especially considering all his buddies and him probably still play the game in between laser tag and duck-duck-goose.
As I'm sure you notice from the picture, joining Kane on the cover is his now trademarked mouth guard hanging half out of his mouth. He may never live this bad habit down. Chicago fans might call him a teething pitbull, I think this baby just misses his pacifier.
And Johan Franzen takes exception.
I returned from my gloomy sports weekend in Pittsburgh and jacked my little weenus all day Monday (not at the table, Carlos!) trying to figure out how/when I would start writing again. It was a tough weekend for my ego, my liver, my knuckles, and this blog: Being in Pittsburgh drinking away my sorrows and punching in dry walls while two of my esteemed sports teams decide to lose three out of a possible four to the very city I'm visiting does not bode well for any of the aforementioned things (by the way, thanks to John for picking up the slack with a few great posts, as usual). Anyway, it's late Monday night and I'm finally feeling up to the task, I think. I just popped two tylenols and I'm ready to kick this little hangover to the curb.
Despite the losses, I left the city of Pittsburgh with my head held high. Most city's have teams that are completely irrelevant, so it still felt good knowing Detroit would have a first place MLB team and an NHL team that most would still refer to as being a dynasty in the past 12 seasons win or lose against Pittsburgh this past weekend. I will admit that Sunday bruised the ego a little as the Penguins were at PNC with the Stanley Cup and the Pirates were commemorating their 1909 World Series victory over the Detroit Tigers by having the two teams wear throwback jerseys.
At any rate, I'll take my city of Detroit teams over Pittsburgh's any time of the week and twice on Tuesdays. I don't care if the Steelers win Super Bowls and the Penguins won this year, we're Detroit4lyfe for a reason.
The next big move for the Red Wings will almost undoubtedly concern the future of Marian Hossa. After losing the Stanley Cup to the team he denied an extension from, Detroit has a big decision to make as to whether or not they will re-sign him longterm. While it was almost a guarantee before the playoffs, Hossa's inability to put the puck in the net in the latter stages of the playoffs might have the Red Wings reconsidering how badly they want to lock Hossa up for multiple years. Personally, I think the Wings would be crazy not to want him back and they should, by all means, get him to re-sign. If seeing the team you rejected a contract with walk away with the Cup you so desperately wanted when signing with Detroit isn't enough motivation for Hossa to play out of his mind during next season's playoffs, then I don't know what would. Re-sign the man and let's get him the Cup in 2010.
As for the Tigers, they cling to a three game lead over the Minny Twinkies in the Central Division after dropping two of three in Pittsburgh. I can't say I was excited about the pitching match ups for Saturday and Sunday's games seeing as Armando Galarraga and Dontrelle Willis were on the bump. They disappointed as most are beginning to expect from the two and, sure enough, the Tigers lost. It will be interesting to see what Detroit decides to do with the latter 2/5 of their starting rotation. It's looking more and more like Zach Miner might get another shot at starting while Willis either accepts a Minor League option or gets clipped for good. No matter what the Tigers do, something desperately needs to change there. If I were Dave Dombrowski, I would be on the horn, around the clock, trying to figure out if there are any trade options available. I have to believe there is something out there that's better than letting the animated Willis run out there every five days and fail to hit the broadside of a barn, pitch after pitch. I love his energy, but I like pitchers who throw strikes a lot more.
Thankfully we won't have to see either of those two when the Tigers have their three game set that begins Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson, and Rick Porcello are all scheduled to pitch for the Tigers this series. If they pitch as well as they have lately, the Tigers will almost certainly be sweeping their way back to Comerica Park. In the three's last 61.1 IP (spanning their last 9 combined starts) they have a combined 2.20 ERA and a 5-1 record.
General State of the Blog Update:
With the Red Wings being finished now, this blog will start to look a whole lot more like a strictly Tigers blog. We will be having Tigers live blogs, analysis, and cinnamon because Tigers love cinnamon, but don't feel discouraged if the Tigers are not your bag. As other stories develop with the other Detroit teams and creative ideas come to mind those will be posted as well. Stick with us on it, though. If you'd like to discuss the state of the Pistons (draft coming up), Red Wings, Lions, or Michigan's fine college sports teams please feel free to bring up your thoughts, ideas, etc. in our Forum. You can also discuss general sports stuff in the forum as well, so take advantage of that luxury. Do it....Do it.
And finally, for some comedic relief, here's the (UK) trailer to the hilarious movie The Hangover. I plan on seeing it for a second time sometime this week.
Today is a dark day in Detroit. The Detroit Red Wings lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, 2-1. The Penguins won their first Stanley Cup since 1992, and became the first team in professional sports to win a championship in a Game 7 on the road since the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Orioles in Baltimore in Game 7 of the World Series 30 years ago. The Wings came up just short in their bid to win back-to-back Stanley Cups for the second time in the last 12 years. But let's be clear on one thing: Ricky Bobby didn't know what he was talking about. The Wings may not have won the Cup, but they had a great run and did Detroit proud.
The Wings seemed to sleep-walk through the first 35 minutes of this game. It didn't help that Marc-Andre Fleury was a wall in net, making several big saves. Maxime Talbot scored two goals in the second period, the first on a Brad Stuart give-away, and the second on a beautiful wrist shot over Chris Osgood's left shoulder on a two-on-one. The Red Wings put an all-out assault on the Pens net the last 25 minutes of the game, but were not able to tie the score. Jonathon Ericsson scored from the point with just over 6 minutes left to make it 2-1, but Henrik Zetterberg rang a shot off the crossbar with under a minute and a half left, and Fleury made a couple big saves with under 5 seconds remaining on the clock, the last a lunging save as he dove across the crease to stop a Lidstrom shot.
Marian Hossa is already taking criticism and cheap shots for signing with the Wings in the offseason after losing in the Cup Finals last year with Pittsburgh, but I don't think that anyone can fairly attack his decision or deem it a bad one considering the guy came a shot off the crossbar away from possibly winning a Stanley Cup. Sure, his old team beat the Wings, but I don't think the guy can be second-guessed. No team has a better chance of winning a Cup year in and year out than the Red Wings. And just a few years ago, Pittsburgh was on the brink of losing their hockey team. Of course, with a core of Crosby, Malkin and Fleury, if the Pens can keep their youngsters together they will be good for several years. But the Red Wings also have a tremendous core of young players, and all reports have Hossa signing a long term contract with the Wings soon. I doubt that the Game 7 loss will change that. If Hossa stays in Detroit, he will have more chances at getting his Slovakian hands on that elusive Cup.
It will be an interesting off-season for the Wings. The bulk of their roster should be coming back. However, they have some aging players whose fates next year are unclear. Of course, Chris Chelios' career with the Wings should be over. I like the guy as a player and respect what he's done, but he should be drinking prune juice and playing shuffleboard instead of taking up a roster spot. Captain Nick Lidstrom is still playing at a high level and should have at least one more good year left in him, but he is approaching the age of 40, and he does not strike me as someone who will hang around as a Black Ace until he is 64 like Chelios. He will probably retire while he is still playing at a reasonably high level. Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper and Tomas Holmstrom are all nearing the end of wonderful careers, and Brian Rafalski may only have one or two more decent seasons up his sleeve. Chris Osgood played tremendous hockey throughout the playoffs, but he will undoubtedly think long and hard this offseason about whether or not he wants to return for another season which can easily exceed 100 games if the Wings make another run in the playoffs.