Wings vs. Canes - Stanley Cup Finals
post-141611
Thread Starter
Post #1 of 5

neil

500+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jun 20, 2001
Messages
895
Reaction score
11
Joined
Jun 20, 2001
Posts
895
Likes
11
Tonight (June 13th) is game #5. The Hurricanes face elimination, and the Wings face the possibilities of their third Stanley Cup in six years.

Jiri Slegr will be in for Jiri Fischer, who was suspended for a heinous crosscheck to the face in game #4. That's a definite change for the Wings defense.

Irbe is now pumping gas back in Latvia -- thought he'd get an early start for the off season, which means Weekes is in goal for Carolina.


Go Wings!
 
     Share This Post       
post-141641
Post #2 of 5

andrzejpw

May one day invent Bose-cancelling headphones.
Joined
Jun 25, 2001
Messages
6,636
Reaction score
10
Joined
Jun 25, 2001
Posts
6,636
Likes
10
Anyone else here sort of against the Wings? I mean, personally, I dislike teams with practically NO LIMIT on salaries. . .
 
     Share This Post       
post-141648
Post #3 of 5
Joined
Jun 20, 2001
Messages
10,888
Reaction score
4,689
Quote:

Originally posted by andrzejpw
Anyone else here sort of against the Wings? I mean, personally, I dislike teams with practically NO LIMIT on salaries. . .


From sports writer Philip Ware:

Quote:

I've heard such nonsense as “if the Red Wings win, it's because they bought the Cup.” Come again? Isn't that what people said about Colorado, last year, with the mega-million dollar signings of potential free agents Forsberg and Sakic along with the signing of Hall-Of-Fame shoe-in Ray Borque? Isn't that what people said regarding the Devils? It's the same, every year...any team that has signed any free agents or spent more than $2 on a player has suddenly “bought” the Cup. Work with me, here. Could it be that, perhaps, that's the job of the GM? You know, architect a team to win the Cup? Naw...couldn't be – that would wrong, wouldn't it? You know, trying to assemble the best players to give a team the best chance? No team worth a darn would ever do anything like that...


The article is actually very interesting, comparing team payrolls and performance in the playoffs.

http://www.allsports.com/cgi-bin/sho...story_id=31469

And the Red Wings have the market to support the team. Detroit Red Wings merchandising revenue is among the best in the league (if not the best). In fact, I believe it's the only team with official team jerseys available for sale for every player on the team. I believe Detroit also has one of the best records of consecutive sold out home games. Yeah, it's big business, but so is the rest of sports. Formula 1 (five syllables -- Michael Schumacher). NASCAR. Basketball. Baseball. Hockey.

Of course, as a Metro Detroiter (and a lifelong Red Wings fan), I'm biased. But I also find the pursuit by some of the veteran players very interesting. Robitaille and Hasek could have made more money elsewhere; but both of them put Detroit at the top of their list of teams to play for because they wanted to win a Stanley Cup in the last stages of their careers (something neither had previously done). Hull also signed on for a shot at another cup late in his career. Say what you will about the salary issues -- it's said almost every year, and in most major sports -- but this, the oldest team in the league, has been nothing but impressive, and, like Robert Horry of the Lakers, has come through so far when absolutely needed. Any way you cut it, if you've followed their run through the playoffs, the Red Wings have been at least as compelling a sports story as any other.

Go Red Wings!
 
     Share This Post       
post-141660
Post #4 of 5

andrzejpw

May one day invent Bose-cancelling headphones.
Joined
Jun 25, 2001
Messages
6,636
Reaction score
10
Joined
Jun 25, 2001
Posts
6,636
Likes
10
Of course, I'm not implying(sp?) that the redwings bought the cup. But still, it does get boring to see the same every year.


Of course, I'm biased since I'm a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Maybe I'm just bitter that the team hasn't done too well this year. . .
 
     Share This Post       
post-141855
Post #5 of 5

Enigma

New Head-Fier
Joined
Apr 3, 2002
Messages
47
Reaction score
0
Joined
Apr 3, 2002
Posts
47
Likes
0
 
     Share This Post       

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top