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Nyquist and Tatar to stay in Grand Rapids. Posted earlier by Ansar Khan. In mobile, so I can't link.
Bring out the pitchforks. Obviously Nyquist can contribute, and Tatar can as well. Don't be surprised if Tatar jumps to the KHL after this year if he doesn't get any legitimate time in Detroit.
The Doctor is in:
What makes you think Tatar will bolt? He's not ready yet. There are guys on the GR roster that are more prepared than he is. Nyquist will play in Detroit. He's one injury away, and we all know that injuries are like clockwork with the Wings.
Babcock going with Zetterberg - Brunner - Datsyuk for the first line, someone cue up the Andy samberg jiz in my pants pic
I've read before that Tatar was pretty upset last year that he didn't get any call-ups to Detroit, after getting a couple the year before. And what makes you say he's not ready? He's 22 years old. Putting up numbers nearly identical to Nyquist in GR, and has been there for four seasons now. He and Nyquist are both nhl-ready at this point, and if Tatar continues to produce and not get any recognition from Detroit, he will leave.
Don't recall where I read it (Malik?), but Tatar is not viewed as NHL-ready by Babcock, and must improve in GR to remain in the RW's organization. May just be spin, but I don't see why they'd spin it if they were willing to let him go anyway. More likely to be spin from Tatar's agent.
Thank you, Denicos.
This is likely the final schedule. Nothing will be officially released until the NHL and NHLPA sign the Memorandum of Understanding, hopefully sometime today.
15 games in February - yikes!
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. - Frank Leahy.-- If you're going to be stupid, be smart about it. - Mike Milbury
There's going to be Red Wings hockey almost every night! Red Bird III better be tuned up and ready to rock and roll.
So they cut all Eastern Conference games. Is that just a result of the lockout, or is that a sign of the "new" NHL? I guess I didn't realize the shortened season would eliminate all EC opponents. Back to back in Anaheim looks fun...
Lockout. Same type of schedule as 1995 - only intraconference games.
Hmmm. Zero trips to the West Coast in January (I'm counting trips to Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver and all the Canada teams as "West Coast"); one in February; two in March (including a 4-game trip in 6 days); and three in April. They'd better get off to a quick start at home and hang on.
It will be interesting to see how the "new" (e.g., post-Lidstrom) team reacts this season. Younger legs, lower hockey IQ, less leadership.
Ryan Miller lays the wood to the owners & Bettman. Jesus, Ryan, tell us how you really feel:
“The best thing to do is acknowledge that it was stupid,” the East Lansing native and former Michigan State Spartan said today, before turning his attention to Sabres fans. “I appreciate their patience. I know it’s a hard situation. I still don’t even know the right message because it was just a stupid, useless waste of time.”
Miller, who played a role in negotiations, called himself “embarrassed” that it took more than six months of negotiations to reach an agreement. At one point during talks, he gave up on the possibility of there being a season this year.
And he laid the blame on owners, specifically singling out Commissioner Gary Bettman, whom he accused of being the reason why the four-month lockout wasn’t resolved sooner.
“In my mind, it always had to be January in Gary Bettman’s mind,” Miller said. “Obviously, he had something in his head and he was going to see how far he could take it. So there’s really no going up against Gary, when he has something in his head.”
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who played a role in labor talks, called the NHL labor dispute �stupid� and �a useless waste of time.� The East Lansing native and former Michigan State Spartan blamed owners, and singled out NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, for prolonging the lockout into January.
Was going to post that. Wish more players would speak up about the little weasel. Well done Ryan!
The NHLPA has ratified the CBA. Still working on the MOU.
…MOU must still be completed by NHL and NHLPA
So how long will the playoffs be? SIAP.
tRCMB - Where MSU fans eat their own.
Same format. 4 rounds, best of 7.
It's reported that 98% of players voted yes on ratifying the CBA.
Player ratification vote: 667 yes, 12 no - 98.2 percent. 679 of 763 players voted (89 percent)
The only player still active from the 1997 Red Wings, Mike Knuble, has been invited to training camp.
Edit: Still active in the NHL, that is. Slava Kozlov is still playing in the KHL.
A former Red Wing will be getting another shot at returning to Hockeytown. Mike Knuble, who has 274 goals and 266 assists in 1,040 NHL games over 16 seasons, will be a training camp invitee when things are set to
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Camps may not open until Monday. The Memorandum of Understanding is not yet done and the NHL is not willing to lift the lockout until that document is complete and signed (the NHLPA is).
Memorandum of Understanding should be done shortly, according to reports, meaning camps can open tomorrow.
Player transactions can begin two hours after the MoU is signed.
The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed. The lockout is officially over!
The full NHL schedule will be released within the hour. Player transactions can begin sometime just before 12:30am.
There are expected to be many signings and possibly some trades tonight. Wings not likely to be involved - they have a full roster and no unsigned RFAs.
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