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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
The Red Wings are winners on the ice. Always have been, but the organization becomes a loser when it rips off a devoted fan base at playoff time.
The owners have the salary cap, after years of trying to get fitted with one. Seems to me it’s time somebody up there put a cap on ticket prices during the playoffs.
more... and as I have stated numerous times this season, the Wings do not have the pulse of the Wings fans. No marketing effort, every event they offer the fans is a “pay to get in” type thing.
No open practices, no involvement from the players within the community and of course, trying to get access to anyone within the organization is almost impossible.
Christy at Behind the Jersey takes an in-depth look at ticket sales for both the Wings and Pistons.
Spector at his Fox Sports blog also wonders where are the Wings fans?
from the Mercury News,
In touting its overnight ratings for Game 1 of Sharks-Red Wings, Versus cited a 7.3 in Detroit and a 1.9 in the Bay Area. Too bad ratings aren’t available for the Canadian TV coverage in the province of Newfoundland, because percentage-wise it was probably a very healthy number.
There are just three active NHL players from Newfoundland, and two are in this series: Ryane Clowe of the Sharks and Daniel Cleary of the Red Wings. (Michael Ryder of Montreal is the other.)
The CBC took a look at Cleary a few days ago too.
Thanks to a KK reader for passing it on…
from the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
If the Wings are to compete against the Sharks, they need to hear resoundingly from Datsyuk. So far in the playoffs, Detroit’s best forwards have been the likes of Dan Cleary, Johan Franzen, Kris Draper and Valtteri Filppula; bully for those players, but at some point, the Wings’ most-talented forwards have to be their best forwards….
“It’s hard to score point every game,’’ he said Friday. ‘‘I try to shoot more and I think it’s coming. I have lots of chance, need finish. I need to be quicker and . . . shoot (more), and not give them chance to block my shot.’‘
Sharks’ radio anayst Jamie Baker is a name Wings fans remember very well.
Jamie was kind enough to join me in a casual chat today to discuss game 1, the matchups, Guerin and Rivet and a few other topics.
Feel free to listen...
from the CP via TSN,
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock knows his team can play much better, which is why he wasn’t overly worried about the loss the day after.
“I’m not jumping off any bridge,- Babcock said. “I think we’ve got a real good team here with a good opportunity.
“We’ve only lost one game.-
The Wings feel they have something to atone for.
“The boys were fired up and excited,- Cleary said. “That was a good practice.-
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“The one thing about Joe is, he makes the players around him that much better,” said Draper. “He has such good vision. He can make those passes, where it doesn’t look as if there’s a lane, but he finds a lane. Even down low, he’s so big and strong and he has that big wingspan he uses to his advantage.
“The best thing to do against a guy like Thornton is to try and make him play in his own end. You want to get some good cycle shifts and some good grind time in the offensive zone. That keeps him 200 feet away from doing something dangerous.”
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It’s a well-deserved reputation with as rich a hockey tradition as any Canadian city. It’s the place where Gordie Howe became an icon. They’ve won 10 Stanley Cups here, trailing only Toronto and Montreal in that regard.
But something is changing, and it’s a troubling development for one of the NHL’s oldest franchises: the Red Wings can’t sell out the Joe Louis Arena for playoff hockey.
from the NY Post NHL Blog,
I’ve said before that Hasek is the weakest link for the Red Wings, and I’ll say it again. When Mikkaa Kiprusoff can face more than 250 shots, Hasek faces about 125, and the series still goes six games (and easily could have gone seven had Johan Franzen not been the 2OT hero) ... then Detroit isn’t getting the kind of stellar netminding it needs….
Keep in mind that this is a fan blog, and that my statements on here are in no way meant to reflect “objective journalism” ... I simply don’t like Hasek because of his attitude, whether towards his teammates or opposing players.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
San Jose has officially created a new kind of system: the offensive trap. OK, it’s just puck-possession with great forechecking, but Detroit’s hardly getting a sniff of the puck in the final frame, which must be maddening, since they were supposed to be the puck-possession team.
more on both games from last night…
from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,
Surely you remember the Red Wings. Hockey team ... perennially in the playoffs ... the guys like to skate around with the Stanley Cup every few years ... does any of this ring a bell?
There were thousands of empty seats at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. The Wings gave the official attendance as 18,712, but I suspect they meant limbs.
We saw this kind of attendance in the first round, too. I really thought that if the Wings made it past Calgary, they would convert some skeptics, and the atmosphere would change by Round 2.
And the atmosphere did change.
It got worse.
Can you say high ticket prices and the complet lack of any marketing plan by the Wings is to blame. The Wings fans have no connection with this team and that is a huge marketing issue.
added 7:48am, from the Mercury News,
Evgeni Nabokov sure knows how to suck the air out of an arena. So do the rest of the Sharks. After scoring two quick goals in the first period Thursday, they performed an amazing magic trick.
They made Hockeytown disappear before our very eyes.
Honestly. They did. Normally, the Detroit Red Wings and a boisterous Joe Louis Arena go together like, well, the NFL draft and overanalysis. But the atmosphere for Game1 of the Sharks’ second-round series wavered somewhere between lethargic and tepid.
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