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Thursday Odds and Ends: Markov, Gender and Fraud In The Workplace

And Khan(!) shall lead them.  The Deep Diggers are slowly awakening from their summer slumber, and the results are startling.  The DD Captain enlightens us this morning with an analysis of the Markov situation.

“He told me what he’s looking for; we’re not even close to that,’’ Holland said. “Right now, we’re satisfied with our defense. We’d like to have Danny back, but if he signs somewhere else, we’re comfortable.’‘

He said he’d like to add some depth on defense, but only at the right price. He offered Markov a two-year deal at the draft in June, apparently at around the same $2.5 million-a-year salary he earned last season.

“He told me the salary range he’s looking for. We don’t have any interest in that salary range,’’ Holland said.


Khan(!) asks a pretty relevant question: why are the Wings making any offers to Markov at all if they are so seemingly happy with the rotation of defensemen they already have?  The top six are pretty much already established with Lidstrom, Rafalski, Kronwall, Lebda, Chelios and Lilja.  Meech, despite Holland saying he has to “earn a spot on the roster…it won’t be given to him”, is pretty much guaranteed a 7th spot because he’d have to clear waivers before heading over to GR.  So where would that leave us if Markov does sign?

Chatter here indicates some of you feel Kronwall should be trade bait.  Not gonna happen due to the salary commitment the Wings have made.  He’s ours and we just have to hope for a miraculous turnaround in health and maturation of the flashes of offensive ability we’ve seen the last two years.  Lebda and Lilja, if Meech is really ready, could be considered tradeable; but moving them in favor of Markov comes with pitfalls too.  Lebda is a future top 4 defenseman and could very well be that for the Wings this year.  Lilja, despite that little mistake last Spring, had a great playoff and could finally be the consistent hammer on the back end we haven’t had in 8 years.

Holland would be in a tough spot if Markov decides today that the alleged 2.5 the Wings are offering fits his financial future.  Someone would have to go, and it have to be via trade; and that trade wouldn’t bring us much because the position Holland was dealing from would be pretty damn weak.  All of that leads me to believe the public overtures to Markov may be for show.  As it stands right now, there’s just no room for the guy.  There’s no animosity there, just the reality of a stacked blue line and a bit of a bind where Meech is concerned.  It would seem, and it’s kind of embarrassing that it’s taken me this long to figure it out, that the day Rafalski signed Markov’s ticket out of Detroit was stamped.

The Detroit News’ Joanne Gerstner reacts to a study out of UM that shocks the world: men and women are not only different (well, there’s always Denver), but their views of sports are different as well.

But Markovits also discovered something else, that most women—myself included—are not sports trivia-spouting machines. We don’t care what Bill Laimbeer’s free-throw percentage was in 1987 or how many penalty minutes Steve Yzerman accrued in 1993.

And we probably can’t name the starting lineup of the 1974 Tigers. We don’t care.

We can look that dead information up in a book or on the Internet.

“I think men are more into the historical nature of sports, and trivia, because it’s a way for men to relate to each other—it’s a way of proving yourself to others,” Markovits said. “Men make connections by sharing these bits of information with other men—it establishes themselves.

“Women don’t need to do that to establish a social connection. Women are actually more evolved in social relationships and have more things to talk about.”

Without looking, to test her theory, I’m going to give it a shot.  Laimbeer’s free throw percentage in ‘87?  I’ll guess 91% (actual is .893).  Yzerman’s PIM in ‘93?  I’ll go with 60 (actual is 44).  The starting lineup for ‘74 Tigers?  Tough one.  No chance on the starting lineup but I’ll go with this:  Freehan, Rodriguez, Brinkman, Cash, Horton, Northrup. Ruhle, Hiller, Lolich.  That’s all I got.  Don’t look it up you cheating bastards, and try to name a few more if you’re that bored.

By now you’ve seen Greg Wyshynski’s piece at AOL Fanhouse on the citizen who resides at Klessel’s Emporium of BS and Swill.  If you haven’t checked it out, read it.  At the very least it confirms everything reputable bloggers have been saying about the wedding singer for the last several months, plus there’s pictures that should be added to every hockey fan’s photoshop library.

A few excerpts:

*Klessel on the Nashville situation, and the part he feels he played in attempting to keep a sport in a state that doesn’t give a flying f^&k about it one way or another.

“I did it for a very specific reason, for the same reason I managed to get this thing going during the lockout,” he told me in a phone interview on Monday. “I saw hockey being taken away from people who love it, and that’s crossing the line. All the rumors in the world don’t matter in comparison to those kids who go with their dad every Thursday night [to a game], and then it’s gone.”

I guess that sense of fellowship was developed when Dwayne’s mom was firing tennis balls at his head at an early age; or when he was singing “Hungry Like The Wolf” at the Billings wedding in ‘02.

*Klessel’s participation in Sportsnet’s deadline day coverage this year after he was exposed as an idiot last Spring.

Eklund said he isn’t sure what Sportsnet’s plans are for next deadline; he’s leaning towards not having a second go-round, and instead concentrating on breaking news on his blog.

Good call.  Good direction to lean in.  Probably a bit more financially lucrative too.  Better start ramping up those subscriber fees now to offset the significant cost of being consistently wrong.

*On the technical expertise required to create a fictional email address, then use that address to send messages to bloggers who criticize him for lying in his various bios, charging money for BS rumors and making claims that he represents hockey bloggers.

Eklund made it crystal clear to me: He’s never gone on someone else’s message board under (another) pseudonym to defend himself, and he’s never sent an anonymous e-mail to another blogger. “I don’t even know how to send an anonymous e-mails, even though they’re sent to me.”

Funny.  Nigerian princes can send me anonymous emails every day offering me glorious opportunities to share in their wealth, but Dwayne can’t figure out how to create an “anonymous” email address.  Dwayne can operate under a leaking umbrella of anonymity, but can’t navigate his way through the complex yahoo/gmail/hotmail registration procedures.

*Klessel on Kukla.

He said he didn’t want to get into a pissing match with Kukla over his claims because he avoids this kind of “he said, she said” on his blog. But Eklund said Kukla never sent him “the proof” about the IP address situation, and sees it as part of a larger disinformation campaign that specifically targets him. While he had his theories about how the IP addresses may have in fact been spoofed, he refused to go on the record with them. “I’m not a computer guy like [Kukla] is, so I don’t know how that’s even done.”

Woops, a dilemma we should all consider.  Who to believe in the Kukla/Klessel situation?  Hmmm.  Tough one.  I’ll have to do some exhaustive research before I determine which of the two has credibility and who doesn’t.  I’m so conflicted.

One more note on Klessel and the Nashville situation.  Dwayne has a readership, and it’s huge.  That’s a fact.  He joined Bubba in their rally to keep their team, and that’s nice.  He hitched his fading star to that, and here’s where the trouble starts.  He’s getting a lot of peoples’ hopes up through his consistent claims that hockey will stay in Nashville.  He seems pretty certain of that and cites his BS sources consistently to confirm it.  Meanwhile, writers like Scott Burnside are saying keeping the team there is anything but a solid assumption.

But here’s the problem. The Predators have never averaged 16,000 in paid attendance, even when they were new and novel and there was a buzz about them. Freeman was fairly vague on the subject of where the corporate and fan support was going to come from.

“There’s no question in my mind, wherever the support comes from, it’ll be sufficient,” Freeman said.

But you know what they say about the value of talk. The reality is Leipold has already stripped down his talented team to cut salary to close to the cap floor of $34.3 million (they are just above that now). As a result, the Predators figure to move from a contender for a Central Division crown to jockeying for a playoff spot somewhere in the middle of the Western Conference pack

Woops.  Reality, man it sucks when it jumps in the way of a quick hit sourced out rumor, eh?  Yeah.  The reality is corporate sponsors don’t give a damn about rallies, about wedding singers posing as hockey experts operating under fake names.  And fans who didn’t watch a great team definitely aren’t going to watch a mediocre one.  Or buy season tickets to “take their kids on a Thursday night”.

I leave you with a stirring passage from Peklund, the anti-Dwayne.

I don’t know if my blog is going to help shut this guy down. I don’t care. It’s better than nothing. It makes me feel better knowing I am pissing this idiot off because he is so insecure with himself. It’s like he now believes he is something he isn’t. If he would not charge money for his crap then I’d have no problem with his site. But he does charge money. So as long as he keeps doing this then I will keep doing what I am doing. Driving him right up the wall.

Definitely a noble goal.


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