Lidstrom a Bargain at 6.2 Million

There will be draft stuff up later!

For now..

I honestly don’t know how I didn’t think of this before. Thanks to Sean Baligian for helping to make this point that should be the be all, end all of Nick Lidstrom “hometown discount” arguments.

Find a player on the list of the highest paid defensemen in the NHL below that is a better bargain than Nick Lidstrom:

Here is a hint, YOU CAN’T!

Nick Lidstrom is still a top 5 D-man in the league and he is paid the 14th most in the league. So He is ALREADY taking a “hometown discount” playing at 6.2 million dollars.

So the folks asking him to take a “hometown discount” (who are most likely the same people calling him Nick Lindstrom) can rest assure that he IS giving a hometown discount, and has been for some time now.

Sure, It would be great if Nick decided to play for 3-4 million dollars, but that’s just unrealistic. You’re not going to get an (still) elite defenseman for the price of a slightly above average one.

Again, Find me a better bargain, find me a bigger discount.

Thanks to CapGeek.com for t his list:

Player Pos Team Age Length Amount

1. Ehrhoff, Christian » D BUF 29 10 $10,000,000
2. Chara, Zdeno » D BOS 35 7 $8,500,000
3. Keith, Duncan » D CHI 28 13 $8,000,000
4. Pronger, Chris » D PHI 37 7 $7,600,000
5. Weber, Shea » D NAS 26 1 $7,500,000
6. Campbell, Brian » D FLA 32 8 $7,142,875
7. Seabrook, Brent » D CHI 27 5 $7,000,000
8. Bieksa, Kevin » D VAN 30 5 $7,000,000
9. Wisniewski, James » D CLB 28 6 $7,000,000
10. Boyle, Dan » D SAN 35 6 $6,666,666
11. Bouwmeester, Jay » D CGY 28 5 $6,600,000
12. Phaneuf, Dion » D TOR 27 6 $6,500,000
13. Redden, Wade » D NYR 34 6 $6,500,000
14. Lidstrom, Nicklas » D DET 41 1 $6,200,000
15. Doughty, Drew » D LAK 22 8 $6,000,000
16. Markov, Andrei » D MTL 33 3 $5,750,000
17. Ohlund, Mattias » D TBL 35 7 $5,500,000
18. Komisarek, Mike » D TOR 30 5 $5,500,000
19. Gonchar, Sergei » D OTT 38 3 $5,500,000
20. Martin, Paul » D PIT 31 5 $5,500,000

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This is a shame.

ProHockeyTalk

The referees for tonight’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal Game 7 between Boston and Washington are Stephen Walkom (#24) and Eric Furlatt (#27).

Working the lines will be Greg Devorski (#54) and Steve Barton (#59).

Notes

— Walkom’s one of the league’s most veteran officials. He formerly served as the NHL’s vice president and director of officiating before coming out of retirement in 2009. He’s since worked the 2010 and 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

— Along with Dan O’Halloran, Walkom called the somewhat-famous “infraction free” Game 7 between Boston and Tampa Bay in last year’s Eastern Conference finals.

From Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe:

This was not just a game of clean, breathtaking, exquisite hockey. It was a game of clean, breathtaking, exquisite, and penalty-free hockey.

That’s correct. Neither referee Dan O’Halloran nor referee Stephen Walkom saw the need to raise his right hand to signify an infraction. That’s because…

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Eldred, Lightening in a Bottle?

Most of us didn’t think the Tigers would have problems hitting the ball this season, but even teams destined for greatness go through a dry spell once in a while. Not to mention a few questionable line up choices that I won’t mention.

Honestly, I try not to tout minor league prospects, working for the Mud Hens gives me a chance to see these guys everyday, but it also gives me an inflated idea of what these guys might be able to do.

This is a different case, because what this guy is doing is undeniably impressive, even at the minor league level.

So for a little offensive boost, I present to you the 31-year-old minor league phenom that is Brad Eldred.

No, I am not the first to bring up his name, but look at what this guy is doing!

Current Stats for Brad Eldred:

Avg    G   AB  R   H  HR  RBI  SO  OBP     SLG      OPS

.390  19  77  22  30 12    24    20  .442  1.000 1.442

Best Case/Worst case


The problem is that he is pretty much only a DH, so there isn’t really a spot to put him, but there are enough struggles in the line up that you could justify sitting somebody under the reason of “drastic times.”This is by no means a permanent fix!

Nobody should be worried about losing their spot on the roster to this guy long term.

Best case scenario is he comes up, hits like he has been in the minors for a week or two, and relieve a little pressure from the Tigers’ big bats. Guys get going  a little bit, Eldred cools off and you send him back down.

Worst case scenario is that he comes up and doesn’t hit in his first few at bats….So you send him back down.

Look up his history if you want, you won’t be impressed. It wouldn’t be a long term move anyhow, but he is seeing the baseball like it’s a beach ball in the bleachers at the old Tiger Stadium right now. Why not take a shot? What’s the worst that could happen, him hit .100?

By the way, he hit ANOTHER home run today. So make that 13 HRs in 20 games.

Red Wings Could Use Some Depth

OK, so you’re the Red Wings, It’s game 5 and you’re down 3-1 on the brink of elimination.

Time for a change in the line up to shake things up!!

We’ll put in the gritty veteran for a little desperation….Oh, we don’t have one…

OK, Not a problem…Let’s put in the speedy kid for some energy!….What do you mean he only has one good arm!?

Well let’s go with a better PK guy who has a little bit of a scoring touch…..oh ya, concussion..

Well that leaves a rookie defenseman, a 32 year old AHL veteran, and a guy who has played 9 playoff games….

You forgot about Jakub Kindl..

NO T A CHANCE.

I guess we’ll go with what we’ve got.

Needless to say the Wings are in a tough spot, and its even tougher that they won’t be able to make any kind of a line up switch that it appears they could use.

I would consider putting Brendan Smith in to get him some playoff experience, and what’s the worst that could happen? Him leave Jimmy Howard out to dry? Wouldn’t exactly be a first this post season now would it?

but who do you take out?  My first thought is Kyle Quincey…but that would probably mean putting Nick Lidstrom on the PK and you don’t want to lose him blocking a shot.

The potential is still there!

So how CAN the Wings pull off a stunning comeback you ask?

I’ve heard a lot of people peg Johan Franzen as the guy that needs to catch fire, and while that will probably win you one of your next three, what really needs to happen is guys like Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Todd Bertuzzi, and Danny Cleary need to not be minuses on the ice for the Wings.

Contribute something!

The above mentioned have barely been noticeable, with the exception of Dan Cleary who has actually had a few chances to bury one but has not yet missed the goaltender’s pads. (unless you count Todd Bertuzzi’s PIMS)

If the Wings can get these guys going RIGHT NOW, this thing ain’t over. It’s now or never.

Lions Schedule

This is probably the only Lions post you’ll see here until after the draft.

There are bound to be lots of people going through giving you an early prediction about the Lions record… If you see any of them, tell them they are absurd to do so, and you can tell them I said so. Without the NFL Draft and a single pre-season game it is daffy to even put out such a prediction, because it is bound to change.

Furthermore, making a spectacle out of the release of the schedule is genius. Everybody going crazy over it is proof that we’re all the NFL’s lap dog.

Earlier said I wouldn’t look at the Lions schedule till July, but to be frank it IS a big deal the Lions have been rewarded with some prime time action.

Here is the schedule, knock yourselves out.

Got the schedule from here.

Here is a look at the Lions’ 2012 schedule:

Week 1 – Sept. 9 – vs. St. Louis Rams (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 2 – Sept. 16 – at San Francisco 49ers (8:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 3 – Sept. 23 – at Tennessee Titans (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 4 – Sept. 30 – vs. Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 5 – BYE
Week 6 – Oct. 14 – at Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 7 – Oct. 22 – at Chicago Bears (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 8 – Oct. 28 – vs. Seattle Seahawks (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 9 – Nov. 4 – at Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 10 – Nov. 11 – at Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 11 – Nov. 18 – vs. Green Bay Packers (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 12 – Nov. 22 – vs. Houston Texans (12:30 p.m., CBS)
Week 13 – Dec. 2 – vs. Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 14 – Dec. 9 – at Green Bay Packers (8:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 15 – Dec. 16 – at Arizona Cardinals (4:05 p.m., FOX)
Week 16 – Dec. 22 – vs. Atlanta Falcons (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 17 – Dec. 30 – vs. Chicago Bears (1 p.m., FOX)

The most notable games on the Lions’ schedule for 2012 are

Thru Two

Heading back to Detroit tied 1-1,  things are looking up for the Wings.

No, I’m not ready to rescind my prediction of Preds in six, but we did see a lot out of the Red Wings that we haven’t seen since the end of the home winning streak.

For starters, heading into the series Nashville looked like the team that would be getting a boost from its bottom six forwards, but through two games the Wings have actually gotten the output from  guys like Tomas Holmstrom (who skated better last night than I have ever seen him skate…) and Corey Emmerton.

Pavel Datsyuk had a very good night in the faceoff circle last night, something they’ll need moving forward because Paul Gaustad has been stellar for the Predators.

Jimmy Howard wasn’t just good last night, he was outstanding.  In actuality he didn’t face a ton of shots  but it seemed like just about all of the Predators’s 25 shots were legitimate scoring threats.

Perhaps the MOST important factor is that the Wings had the swagger and determination that has been so lacking for the last month and a half, and it had nothing to do with the Bertuzzi fight and everything to do with the smart plays Drew Miller was making in tight spaces, the crisp tape-to-tape passes, and Brad Stuart bearing down and performing like his mind got back from California, where it has been the last 15 games of the season.

The Predators are still playing good hockey, if Jimmy Howard wasn’t on the ball, last night  could have been a much different story. Most noticeable to me is the play of Alexander Radulov, who looked to suffer no ill effects from playing in the KHL during his 10 game regular season stint with the Preds, but suddenly has a case of the Hudlers and looks soft in the corners and with the added tightness of playoff hockey has mostly been a non-factor.   If the Preds want to continue deeper into the playoffs Radulov needs to find time and space.

Noon!?

Nothing makes less sense to me than a noon start hockey game.  Hockey players are finely tuned athletes and starting a game at noon after an entire season of prime time starts is just bizarre.  Not to mention when the game starts in Nashville it will only be 11am in Tennessee. Both teams have to deal with it, but I find it usually waters down the first few minutes of a hockey game.

Round One Preview: Wings vs. Predators


OK, so it’s not  the match up I wanted for the Red Wings, but its the one then they earned.

A trip to the friendly confines of Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix was an option, but one Holmstrom to Datsyuk pass and score later, the Wings are off to Nashville for some sweet tea and playoff hockey.

As many of you know, and some of you don’t the Predators are the real deal this year. This isn’t the run of the mill “happy to be here” Nashville Predators. No sir, this is a legitimate,  Stanley Cup Contending hockey team that plays in the state of Tennessee.

Looking at the Nashville roster, you might say the Preds are a poor man’s Dertoit Red Wings.

Actually, the Preds may be the better version of the Detroit Red Wings this season.

Stop me when this sounds familiar:

The Preds are a team that can roll four lines, lacks a mega star but has some top end talent.  The Predators won’t beat you up with their fists, but they will make you pay on the power play. They’re deep on defense and have a goalie with the potential to back stop them all the way through the finals. Not to mention a long tenured top notch coach in the NHL.

If you look at a lot of the boring break down stats in the NHL, these two teams are often right next to each other, or very close (the biggest exception being power play with Nashville at No.1 , Detroit at No.22 in the league)

That being said, I really do think the Predators are the “team of destiny” in this year’s NHL playoffs. The team has depth where you need depth, talent where you need talent, and two of the better defensemen in the NHL.  Combine that with a lethal power play and stellar goaltending and suddenly you have yourself a real contender.

Maybe I have been dipping into the sweet tea (vodka) a little too much, but I can’t find the evidence to pick against the Predators in this series.

They even have the added motivation of “WIN NOW.”

This is the best team the Predators have ever put on the ice, but it seems pretty sure to be broken up in the off-season.

I predict Nashville gets to the Western finals at least. Obviously that means they take out the Wings in the first round, and I’ll guess six games.

I would love to be wrong though.  The Wings have an edge in experience and that can’t really be measured in a preview like this. I’ve overvalued it in the past to be quite honest and I may be under-valuing here. The Wings were also at one point running on max efficiency, but that team hasn’t been on the ice since the home winning streak was broken. Could they put it together and win this series? Absolutely. We’ve all seen them flip that “switch” before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Wings this out of sync heading into the playoffs.

The Wings clearly have the better talent in this match up, but I am very nervous about its depth beyond two lines. The scoring punch seems to have one arm tied behind its back. If the Wings do pull it off it will be because Datsyuk, Franzen, and Zetterberg carried the scoring burden.

With the Wings getting healthy, there is a pretty good chance of me headlining something in the near future “I was dead wrong.” Darren Helm’s return will mean a lot to a team lacking a “goin’ to work” Detroit hockey kind of attitude, but I don’t get the feeling his return will put the Wings over the top.

Feel free to call me a genius or an idiot below or on facebook.

And that is the end to my objectivity. GO WINGS!