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Goodbye, Joe

I'll never forget The Joe for a lot of reasons, but none more so than it created a hockey fan out of my daughter, which served to strengthen our bond even more.
It was during her sophomore year in high school, so the spring of 2007. I and a friend had tickets to go watch Lake State in the CCHA playoffs at The Joe. The morning we were to leave to make the 5-6 hour trek south, he had to bail at the last second.

Well, this kind of sucks.

Then I had an idea: pull my daughter out of school for the day, and take her to Detroit!

Now, this wasn’t going to be an easy sell. She had no interest in hockey or the Red Wings at that time. She certainly knew of the Wings, seeing just about every game was on TV in our house since she could remember. But, it was simply background noise to whatever endeavor she chose to do while dad, yet again, took over the TV for (sigh) another Red Wings game.

So, I went to the high school office and had the secretary called her out of class (I worked in the same building, so this was the easy part).

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The Hockey World Loses Ilkka Sinisalo at the Age of 58

Sam Carchidi on the passing of Ilkka Sinisalo

Ilkka Sinisalo, a smooth-skating forward who was part of some of the Flyers' top offensive teams in the 1980s, died peacefully with his family by his side in Finland on Wednesday morning, the team announced.

Mr. Sinisalo, 58, battled prostate cancer for several years.

"Ilkka was a true friend and loyal member of the Flyers," Paul Holmgren, the club's president, said in a statement. "He gave a great deal of his time, effort and talents to the organization in several capacities, as a player and long-time scout, to bring this franchise success on and off the ice.

"Most important to all that knew him, he was a great person, a loving husband, father and grandfather. His presence and friendship will be deeply missed by all that knew him."

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Hockey is for Everyone

Support the Boycott!!!

Strengthen the Game.

The CP at TSN,

As sports organizations and notable hockey figures express support of the U.S. women's team, several players say they rejected overtures from USA Hockey to serve as replacements for the upcoming world championships.

Two players told The Associated Press on Friday that USA Hockey reached out to them to gauge their interest for the worlds, which begin next week in Plymouth, Michigan.

Brittany Ott, a goaltender for the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League, and Annie Pankowski, a junior forward at the University of Wisconsin, said the email from USA Hockey was not an invitation but rather an inquiry about their availability.

"I responded to that email and I said I'm not willing," Pankowski said.

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3 on 3 Or: Where have you been?

These are my six takeaways from the latest Detroit Red Wings game.  I am committed to finding three positives and three “are you kidding me” moments.  In a season that has been difficult to watch there is an overwhelming amount of negativity amongst the Wings fans I know (at least through this site along with twitter) and love.  So instead of getting bummed out I am going to take it on myself to find the positive while also realizing that the “are you kidding me” moments are dominant.  I am extremely biased.  Things I will avoid 1. Management.  Like a coach I am working with the team they have given me.  By the way I probably will not manage to avoid the one thing I just said I would be avoiding.

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Hypothetical Detroit trade scenarios and you. This is where we discuss and get down and dirty!

note: bringing this to the top of KK so all can see. original post was on 1/23/17 at 4:39pm.    

 Hey folks, I've been having a ton of scenarios on trades race through my head lately. One of those involves a hypothetical from our own chief(IwoCPO). He mentioned a possible Mrazek($4 mil/yr through 2018) trade bait scenario. So for the hell of it I explored that a bit reading some things here and there. Lets see who needs a goaltender. I keep being led back to 2 teams which are Buffalo and Winnipeg. Usually teams hate trading inside their own division because it can sometimes over inflate prices.

     Lets start with Buffalo. Mrazek to Buffalo you say? Why? Well, their goaltending is not exactly stellar and they would like to climb out of the basement. They also have to room for the expense Mrazek would carry. Would we want anything back in return? Picks? D man(men)? Food for thought. Robin Lehner is 11-12-0-5 and has a decent SV% .921 and GAA% at 2.52. Anders Nilsson is comparable to Lehner. So what would we take back if we even want anyone? How about a D man, lets see what we have. Ristolainen is their top D man. So i guess the answer is no hehe. We cant afford him and they wont get rid of him. Signed for the long haul.

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Where Are They Now?:  Detroit Red Wings Edition

Detroit Red WIngs GM Ken Holland has traded away a fair amount of prospects/young players in recent years, in addition to losing several more on waivers.  Detroit fans have fretted, gnashed teeth, and more still over most all of these losses in some form.

So... where are these guys now, and what are they actually doing?

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3 on 3 Or: You’re gonna need a bigger boat

These are my six takeaways from the latest Detroit Red Wings game.  I am committed to finding three positives and three “are you kidding me” moments.  In a season that has been difficult to watch there is an overwhelming amount of negativity amongst the Wings fans I know (at least through this site along with twitter) and love.  So instead of getting bummed out I am going to take it on myself to find the positive while also realizing that the “are you kidding me” moments are dominant.  I am extremely biased.  Things I will avoid 1. Management.  Like a coach I am working with the team they have given me.  By the way I probably will not manage to avoid the one thing I just said I would be avoiding.

I guess I pressed my luck a little too much after "complaining" the Wings dominate(ish) a game on only my second post.  I am not sure if a let down game was to be expected or if the three games in California were basically this season in a nutshell.  Two games where the losing team scores 0 goals and then a 9 goal outburst that we were on the wrong side of.  So lets talk about the Sharks from San Jose.

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3 on 3 Or: How to topple a King

These are my six takeaways from the latest Detroit Red Wings game.  I am committed to finding three positives and three “are you kidding me” moments.  In a season that has been difficult to watch there is an overwhelming amount of negativity amongst the Wings fans I know (at least through this site along with twitter) and love.  So instead of getting bummed out I am going to take it on myself to find the positive well also realizing that the “are you kidding me” moments are dominant.  I am extremely biased.  Things I will avoid 1. Management.  Like a coach I am working with the team they have given me.  By the way I probably will not manage to avoid the one thing I just said I would be avoiding.

Last night was a fun hockey night.  The Kings of LA are the main topic but I have a bonus GOOD and BAD moments.  And since I can basically do whatever I want I am going to be a rebel and start with the bonus coverage.  I know what you're thinking, "Axe, man,  I don't care what you do".  So lets talk about the WJC.

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Hunger

Hey gang-  This is a one off piece that is related to my 3 on 3 post tomorrow.  I am sitting here watching the Red Wings and I started thinking about hunger.  Not because I was hungry...OK well not ONLY because I was hungry but I was thinking about hockey players and the hunger they have to win.  Then I started thinking about what would each team eat to satisfy that hunger (it was a long way from point A to point B but lets not analyze me).  So I figured what the heck lets give it a shot.  My plan was to post this tomorrow included with the 3 on 3 but that seemed to be too much so here is a separate post.

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3 on 3 Or: How to create an unoriginal title

These are my six takeaways from the latest Detroit Red Wings game.  I am committed to finding three positives and three “are you kidding me” moments.  In a season that has been difficult to watch there is an overwhelming amount of negativity amongst the Wings fans I know (at least through this site along with twitter) and love.  So instead of getting bummed out I am going to take it on myself to find the positive well also realizing that the “are you kidding me” moments are dominant.  I am extremely biased.  Things I will avoid 1. Management.  Like a coach I am working with the team they have given me.  By the way I probably will not manage to avoid the one thing I just said I would be avoiding.

Since this is my first time posting something like this I imagine it will be a work in progress.  I have committed to write more and what better topic than something I am passionate about.  Mostly I just want to get one of those cool banners like Malik has.  You are probably thinking, great another Red Wings blog.  I totally understand and if you please direct all comments here they will be taken under advisement.  So.. Anaheim eh?  The Mighty Ducks of the west. 

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