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Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

Posted on: July 2, 2008 4:48 pm
 
Coming from a locale where professional sports teams are dysfunctional, being envious of the Detroit Red Wings is too easy.

During a press conference Wednesday, GM Ken Holland went through the list of seemingly obvious reasons why players love skating for the Red Wings. They are a member of the NHL's Original Six. Detroit is a hockey-mad environment. Mike Ilitch is an incredible owner, jetting his players around on private planes and doing the "extra things" that keep them happy. And, of course, they win.

But there has to be more to it than all that, right?

Maybe it isn't a surprise the Wings' began to re-emerge as a powerhouse during the 90s, the era of the "Russian Five." The almost communist philosophy that no individual is greater than the entire group has taken root in Motown and is a big reason why the Wings are consistently successful.

"With the CBA the way it is, we should be dismantling by now," Holland said. "But the sacrifices players make... they want other good players to play with."

And that's why it really isn't shocking to think about the millions Marian Hossa passed up for a chance at the Stanley Cup.

Some reports suggested the Edmonton Oilers were ready to sign Hossa to a nine-year deal worth at least $9 million a season. Pittsburgh offered the winger approximately $7 million a season for five years. Other teams in bidding threw out numbers anywhere from $8 million to $10 million.

But the chance to win a Cup? The Oilers are still rebuilding. The departure of several key players in Pittsburgh's Cup run make a repeat next season questionable. Even with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the lineup, Hossa saw he had a better shot at a title with Detroit.

The Red Wings may lose two or three players at the most to retirement. Chris Chelios and Darren McCarty, the only unrestricted free agents who played a significant role last season, probably wouldn't have much of an impact if they did leave. But both have already let the Wings know they'd like to come back, even if it means taking a lesser role and fewer dollars.

Hossa didn't even balk when Holland explained the Wings, in good conscience, could not give him a contract greater than Nicklas Lidstrom's.

"It wasn't that easy to throw that much money away," Hossa said. "I truly believe I made the right decision."
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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2008 10:48 am
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

It takes six.  One to put in the new bulb, and five others to talk about how good the old one was.

OK, OK, I admit this is typically a Green Bay Packer joke in Minny circles, but I didn't see any reason to develop a new joke for the Detroit Red Wings, seeing as how they'd rather buy/rent players from other teams than develop their own team players anyway.  Even if you're too blinded by homerism to see the shining light of impeccable logic that makes Warpy posts the gems that they are, at least you've gotta love the brilliant segue back to the meat of Erin's original post, eh?




Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2008 12:00 pm
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

Yeah, you know you live in Minnesota when Wisconsin is a vacation destination....Then again when I lived in Minot, ND I took vacations to Minnesota *sigh*

Ok, I'll bite, HOW many Red Wings fans does it take to change a light bulb?




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2008 10:56 am
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

Yah; if I'd known all the props I gave to the Red Wings for shrewdly getting Hossa's services for another Cup run without getting stuck in a long term, cap draining deal was going to generate this much traffic, I would've posted it on my own blog instead of letting Erin get all the glory.

I'll see what we can do about vikingsbill68 when I get back from vacation (in Wisconsin, of all places...)  If I can straighten out Iggy (as in Ignateous, not IGNR) then anything is possible.  In the meantime, if the vbill68 dude needs to be fed a Can O'Boogaard, be my guest.  But just to make sure all this man love stuff doesn't get out of hand: how many Red Wings fans does it take to change a light bulb?




Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2008 9:43 am
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

5 pages of posts on a blog (although we have gotten a bit off topic)...Erin must be so proud.  Warped can you go and rein in your cohort vikingsbill68?  He's trolling the NFC North boards basically making a mockery of Vikings fans everywhere.  Something needs to be done before I up and go Bertuzzi on him.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 7:07 pm
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

Yah, you're right, Iggy; that one was a bit much.  And believe me, it takes a lot for me to use the words "right" and "Iggy" in the same sentence because there's another poster we nickname Iggy who spews garbage on the Minny team boards every time the good guys lose more than one game in a row.  He's a real acid trip.  At any rate, I did kinda feel like a dork after that post, which is why I decided to go delicious mode on the next one.

I swear, that 1manarmy dude must be some kind of Matt Cooke or Claude Lemieux type agitator to get my dander up like that.  Not that other posters (cough) are as innocent as they make themselves out to be.




Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 6:30 pm
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

Are you guys all underage, undersexed, and under custody or something?

No more or less than some fans of any other team. Actually, the majority of Wings fans I've met in my doings here are intelligent and "up on the game." Name calling and "nanny-nanny-boo-boo" really are not necessary on any side of the matter.

 

GO, RED WINGS!!

WM --  I am college educated and have been following the game for better than 25 years, from college to the minors to the NHL, in the US and Canada. I've been a Wings fan most of that time. Back when I had more time, I subscribed to The Hockey News and read it cover to cover. I do most of my "checking up" online now, as do many of the other fans I've met here. It's not really fair to apply the term "y'all" to all the fans of any team.

 

Iggy




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 2:55 pm
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

But just to prove that we have a Mike Freemanesque delicous/malicios dichotomy as opposed to just being a Detroit hater, here's some stuff that both Detriot and Minnesota fans can agree on:

  1. Both of our football teams will put the hurt on the Packers.
  2. Both of our baseball teams will be looking at the White Sox in our rear view mirrors when the Sox do their usual latter season meltdown.
  3. Detroit has a pro basketball team; Minnesota doesn't as long as Kevin McFail is GM.
  4. And lastly, at least the Red Wings aren't showing signs of going backwards like the Wild are with Doug Standpatborough as GM, Jacques Leoffenseless behind the bench, and Craig Letsturnthewildintoanothernashville

    predators as lead owner..



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 10:27 am
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

To borrow KeepItRed's phrase, sarcasm and jokes kinda lose their funny if ya have to explain 'em, but since we obviously have some "fans" out there who have Green Bay Packer backer IQs, here goes: if y'all knew as much about Bob Probert (or even hockey in general) as ya say ya do, ya wouldn't have to ask why warped minds associate his name with the Jose Canseco school of driving, or with free nose jobs courtesy of Basil McRae.  Whatsamatter?  Are you guys all underage, undersexed, and under custody or something?

At any rate, thanxabunch for proving my original point -- that most of the yahoos in Red Wings jerseys who chanted "let's go Red Wings" at the local watering holes were nothing more than frontrunning yobbos whose New England Patriots jerseys now reek of moth balls.  Thanx also for doing the impossible: making the hosers to the north of da border in Windsor look like geniuses.  And be thankful that I didn't challenge y'all to an avatar bet on the Twins/Tigers rematch -- if Minnesota teams suck, what do Detroit teams do?  Swallow, or just plain choke?




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2008 2:29 pm
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

Warped just give it up. Why do you have to bring politics to sports. Its good to know someone knows when C.C. was president. You should work for CSPAN. Maybe someone there would enjoy your rhetoric.




Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2008 11:10 am
 

Hossa takes pay cut, buys into Wings' philosophy

If you don't know who Probert is, there is no way you are a hockey fan!  Good lord, I have only been a hockey fan for 2 1/2 years and know most of the Wings history....that is waht a fan does...research, read, follow the team decisions!  It is a passion!

 



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