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Red Wings afternoon ramble: On Lebda, Commodore and bobbleheads (and Red Bird III)

Updated 4x at 4:16 PM with aviation news: I’m not even sure what I’m supposed to say about the fact that, according to Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski, the Tennessean’s Josh Cooper and many others, former Red Wings defenseman Brett Lebda went from boasting that he was playing in the “real” Hockeytown and would prove his doubters wrong while establishing himself as a top-four defenseman in Toronto to becoming a now bought-out punchline within the span of a year.

Let’s go with, “Ouch” and leave it at that, because he earned $1.5 million last year (with a $1.45 million cap hit) and will be paid, per Wyshynski and Hockey Night in Nashville, another $478,500 for the next two years to go away, and even in August, I can state the obvious:

1. Defensemen are always in demand in the NHL, even if they’ve got a dozen omelets’ worth of egg on their faces;

2. And I’m sure there are more than a few teams in Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Russia and even Italy and France that would play up Lebda’s signing to the extent that Expressen’s Henrik Sjoberg is essentially stating, “Wow, Modo Ornskoldsvik signed Robbie Schremp!, can you imagine how awesome he’ll be as Dick Axelsson’s center on the first line?”

Lebda will never find himself in the Hall of Fame debates ESPN’s regional outlets are conducting while mentioning Mike Modano in Dallas and Chris Chelios in Chicago as nothing less than parts of the cities’ sports fabric (hey, it’s an extended metaphor trying to add some extraneous content into the equation, work with me here), but he’s going to end up with over, per Capgeek, $2,457,000 to be a punchline.

That’s a helluva payday to be known as the man who Lebda’d up his NHL career.


Mike Commodore’s trying to do his best to be known as more than just a fantastic Twitterer, as suggested by both the Hockey News’s Adam Proteau and the Production Line (which offered a survey of the must-follow Wings Twitter accounts today; RedWingsFeed has an officially Twitter-sponsored list of the Wings’ players and prospects who have Twitter accounts as well), and ESPN’s Scott Burnside suggests that Commodore merits mentioning among the Jaromir Jagrs and Evegeni Nabokovs of the hockey world as someone who’s on the comeback trail:

Mike Commodore, D, Detroit Red Wings: We chatted with Commodore moments after he signed a one-year deal with the Wings in early July, and excited didn’t quite cover it for the big defenseman who was banished to the AHL last season by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Plagued by injury and expectation after signing a big four-year deal in 2008, Commodore will be asked to come into Detroit and provide good, tough-nosed defense for head coach Mike Babcock. Nothing more, nothing less. A Cup winner in Carolina and a member of a Calgary team that went to the Cup finals in 2004, Commodore should fit in nicely with a talented Detroit team that still has Cup designs in spite of the departure of guys like Brian Rafalski, Chris Osgood, Kris Draper, Chris Chelios and Kirk Maltby over the past couple of seasons.


Perhaps at the other end of the spectrum, after a morning’s worth of talk as to whether Johan Franzen can redeem himself, Sportsnet’s Mike Brophy offered a list of the NHL’s best and/or most consistent graybeards, and it should come as no surprise that the Red Wings’ captain topped his list:

1. Nicklas Lidstrom, defence, Detroit Red Wings: Lidstrom bounced back from what seemed like a step-back season the year before by winning his seventh Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman. With 16 goals and 62 points in 82 games, Lidstrom ranked second in defenceman scoring in the league to Anaheim’s Lubomir Visnovsky who had 68. Never an overly physical player, Lidstrom continues to get it done using his high level of skill and unbelievable smarts. If the Red Wings are to make a charge at winning the Stanley Cup next season, then Lidstrom will need to continue to play at the same high level that has made him a sure-fire Hall of Famer.


If we’re going to talk about establishing or sustaining one’s legacy in a very different way, the interweb offers us serious fodder in that regard this afternoon. Wyshynski posted a link to a list of NHL teams’ jerseys “reimagined” as soccer uniforms, the Wings included, and Pro Hockey Talk’s Joe Yerdon’s series on the “best and worst” jerseys of each and every NHL team rolled around to the Wings today (sort of like NHL.com’s season previews, with Dan Rosen talking about the Wings this morning), and Yerdon suggests that there are worse things than essentially wearing the same jersey, minus some logo alterations and tweaks to trim, numbers and player names, for the vast majority of the team’s NHL history:

Classic at all costs: It’s incredible that the Wings have kept the same look for over 70 years and haven’t deviated off and introduced a new logo or a third sweater at all through recent years. The Wings fan base is big enough so that introducing something like that could mean even more money for owner Mike Ilitch and given how good the Wings have been for nearly the last 20 years having third jerseys with the names of Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, or Henrik Zetterberg would be huge sellers.

Instead, the Wings keep it real and the only different sweater they’ve worn at all came in the 2009 Winter Classic when they threw on the franchise’s original Detroit Cougars sweater for the day.

Assessment: This original six franchise just keeps doing things right on and off the ice and keeping a classic look unencumbered by ad wizard-enhanced new logos, shoulder patches, or third jerseys keeps the Wings sweater looking old school and classic at all times. It’s up there with Chicago as one of the best looking teams in the NHL.

I’m gong to disagree with Yerdon regarding the Wings’ “best look,” however—he digs the white jersey, but I’m a fan of all the wall of red coming toward you. It’s a two-color classic and I want that dominant color to intimidate as much as researchers claim that red does.


According to the Wings’ Twitter account, Danny Cleary spoke to 95.5’s Mojo in the Morning about being immortalized in, well, bobblehead form as the Wings’ “Operation Bobblehead” promotion continues, and you can listen to Cleary’s interview below…

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And he must have given his interview from the Joe as RedWingsTV allowed him to campaign for said candidacy as well:


In slightly more serious promotional news, the Wings allowed their partner in their new season ticket-holders’ website to tout their partnership…

Detroit Red Wings Team Up With Sportsdigita to Launch State-of-the-Art Ticketing Portal
NHL’s Original Six team, the Detroit Red Wings, work with Sportsdigita to release their 2011-12 season ticket plan information in a cutting-edge and interactive manner.

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) August 10, 2011

The Detroit Red Wings have teamed up with the sports marketing digital creative agency, Sportsdigita, to develop a 2011-12 season ticket plan microsite. Based on the rich tradition of the franchise, the interactive site opens with a thrilling introductory video, preceded by a unique visualization of the top Red Wings stars in 3D motion, followed by an immaculate view of inside Joe Louis Arena from any projected seat in the building. With the innovative site, the Red Wings have capitalized on driving all of their online real estate to the newly released website – the latest interactive trend of viral season ticket sales.

The website, which houses all information pertaining to the Red Wings 2011-12 season ticket plans, allows the consumer to not only explore the full pricing and benefits of becoming a season ticket holder, but also see the actual view from the seat of their choice within Hockeytown’s Joe Louis Arena using DigitAR technology. Fans can interact directly with the Red Wings’ ticket office through a live chat feature, forward the site to friends, and even be directed right to where they can purchase the ticket plans online. Addicted to your smartphone? No problem – the website was built to be mobile-friendly to all phone operating systems, and can be accessed from anywhere. The site can be found at http://redwings.sportsdigita.com.

Season ticket holders are the life of any sports team, and the most crucial revenue source. By creating a cutting-edge and unique viral piece the Red Wings, who worked with Sportsdigita in order to design the marketing campaign and build out the engaging and interactive site, are setting themselves apart from those teams without exciting content to not only attract a larger audience of current and prospective ticket holders than ever before, but retain a consistent flow of leads that the site collects in its backend, all within an online platform that is live and accessible 24/7. “When I was with the Tampa Bay Lightning, we moved our season ticket renewal piece from the mailbox to inbox and received an overwhelming, positive response from our current season ticket holders and fans,” says Sportsdigita’s President and former Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications for Tampa Bay, Angelina Lawton.

Sportsdigita is a sports marketing digital creative agency specializing in the latest interactive technologies, focusing on revenue generation for professional sports teams. Based out of Minneapolis, the agency made up of former sport executives strives to develop and implement new strategies, as well as share best practices from each of the major sports leagues. Sportsdigita provides its clients with integrated and personalized campaigns that involve: web development, social media initiatives, and mobile capabilities to cost-effectively reach their fans, partners and prospects. For more information, please contact Angelina Lawton at 612.801.8111 or alawton(at)sportsdigita(dot)com.


And in more serious news:

1. The Flint Journal’s George Jaska offered a few more details regarding Tim Thomas’s visit to Davison High School with the Stanley Cup in tow on August 24th, but I still don’t know whether there will be any sort of “pose with the Cup” promotion offered;

2. According to Marc-André Mercier, via the Wings, Xavier Ouellet’s been named the captain of the former Montreal Junior, a.k.a. the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, which I can confirm via the Journal Le Courrier and Canoe.ca’s French page, which notes that the announcement was made in conjunction with the introduction of Stephane Matteau as one of the team’s assistant coaches;

3. And Marie Hallman reports that Niklas Kronwall’s busting his hump in Stockholm alongside a host of NHL’ers and Swedish pros, both on and off the ice.

Update: File this under, “Oh Dear Gord No,” from Chris on Nightmare on Helm Street: Chris and Twig ponder the fact that there were at least confirmed rumors that the Wings were considering trading Pavel Datsyuk for Scott Gomez back in 2007. BRR!!

Update #2: Very interesting…the Wings’ Twitter account is confirming via a photo that, as the aviation-minded KK users surmised almost two weeks ago, the Wings have swapped out their DC 9-50 (N682RW) for an MD-81 registered as N812ME at present.

The plane last landed at Oakland County International Airport (per Flightaware.com) in late April, so I’m guessing that it’s being painted and prepped for the Wings and Tigers’ use…

Update #3: The Wings’ Twitter account confirms that it’s “Red Bird III,” as does Wings social media coordinator Jake Duhaime via his Hockeytown Blog.

Update #4: Via Jamie Favreau, Crain’s Detroit Business’s Bill Shea believes that the Ilitches may have to tap into their casino revenues to partially fund the construction of Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility.

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Sunday's avatar

Aaaannnd in less than ten minutes, HockeytownBlog posts pictures of Red Bird III.  Perfect timing.  Be warned: Ken Kal in his natural environment!

http://hockeytownblog.com/2011/08/10/inside-red-bird-iii/

Posted by Sunday from somewhere else on 08/10/11 at 05:27 PM ET

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Will this type of plane now make those long east-west flights nonstop?

Posted by KelseyAnn from we have an NHL team here?, Arizona on 08/10/11 at 05:45 PM ET

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According to the aviation nuts from last week’s post, no…

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/10/11 at 05:52 PM ET

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That season ticket site is worth visiting just to see the video - very cool.

cool smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 08/10/11 at 06:13 PM ET

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Awesome..

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/10/11 at 06:13 PM ET

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And… I love Danny Cleary, but I want a Tomas Holmstrom bobblehead!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 08/10/11 at 06:14 PM ET

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That’s a helluva payday to be known as the man who Lebda’d up his NHL career.

Somehow I doubt that’s how Lebda feels about it. I enjoy seeing people who leave Detroit fail. Not everyone, just the one’s who feel they can do better or be better someplace else. It rarely works out that way.

Posted by awould on 08/10/11 at 06:23 PM ET

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I enjoy seeing people who leave Detroit fail.

Does that go for guys who are asked to leave, because I’m pretty sure Lebda wasn’t offered a contract by Detroit, was he?

Posted by Garth on 08/10/11 at 06:49 PM ET

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I enjoy seeing people who leave Detroit fail.

Does that go for guys who are asked to leave, because I’m pretty sure Lebda wasn’t offered a contract by Detroit, was he?

Posted by Garth on 08/10/11 at 05:49 PM ET

If Lebda didn’t suck, he would have been offered a contract.

For me, it goes DOUBLE for those guys.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/10/11 at 07:04 PM ET

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Take that Mike Modano.

Posted by Monica McAlister from Michigan on 08/10/11 at 07:21 PM ET

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For me, it goes DOUBLE for those guys.

So do you hate everyone that Detroit doesn’t attempt to sign, along with everyone who Detroit attempts to sign but choosees to sign elsewhere?

How can you have room in your life for so much hate?

Posted by Garth on 08/10/11 at 07:39 PM ET

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That’s easy, Garth.  I removed the part that was previously dedicated to sanctimony.

That cleared up a TON of room.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/10/11 at 07:47 PM ET

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i want a pavel bobblehead with bobblehands!

yea…take that turco!

Posted by chad from albuquerque on 08/10/11 at 08:10 PM ET

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I removed the part that was previously dedicated to sanctimony.

Who’s being sanctimonious?  I genuinely don’t understand taking such glee in him being bought out.

Hating someone on your team who’s terrible or hating someone one another team that owns your team I cam understand.

But beyond laughing at Leafs fans who claimed they stole Lebda from the Wings, I just can’t see why you would care…

Posted by Garth on 08/10/11 at 08:26 PM ET

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Who’s being sanctimonious?  I genuinely don’t understand taking such glee in him being bought out.

Posted by Garth on 08/10/11 at 07:26 PM ET

So bring that up instead of piously assuming that I just sit around hating on people all day as though 1) that were the truth and 2) it’s so far outside the realm of your innocent and pure comprehension that you can’t possibly understand the concept.

Don’t play dumb, Garth; it doesn’t suit you.  Sanctimony does, but dumb definitely does not.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/10/11 at 08:31 PM ET

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J.J. 1 - Garth 0

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/10/11 at 09:30 PM ET

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Instead, the Wings keep it real and the only different sweater they’ve worn at all came in the 2009 Winter Classic when they threw on the franchise’s original Detroit Cougars sweater for the day.

I know he’s talking about this:

But, he forgot about this:

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 08/10/11 at 09:52 PM ET

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I adored that 1992 jersey—it was a take-off on the Detroit Falcons jerseys—and I honestly would say that if the Wings were to flip the coloring on either of those jerseys to make red the dominant color, I’d suggest that the Wings could go with a full-time third jersey (blasphemy, I know).

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/10/11 at 11:04 PM ET

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I’m not much of a third jersey guy, but I do have an ‘09 Winter Classic jersey as I really dug the retro look and historical nod to the orginal Detroit Cougars.  I also like the idea of red as the dominant color.  Probably has more to do with the lasting impression of the first Wings’ games I saw in person as a kid (the mostly red uniforms under the bright lights against the bright white backdrop of the ice), but if it psyches out the opposition, all the better.

As for Lebda, I think the events that have transpired since he left Detroit pretty much tell the story.  Sometimes things actually work out pretty much the way they should.  Thanks universe.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 08/11/11 at 03:22 AM ET

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Whatever Lebda did or did not do to deserve scorn—or however you view him, be it positively, negatively or in the “meh” category—he’s going to earn a ridiculous amount of money to be treated as a punchline, and he’s young enough that he can still go to Europe for a year and turn things around.

Especially in that regard I can tell you that even the biggest NHL flops are treated like steals when European teams sign them. Fredrik Sjostrom? Mikael Tellqvist? Hell, the Russian press is still hyping the fact that Branko Radivojevic left Spartak Moscow for Atlant Mytischi. Lebda would be treated like a last-minute (European teams are already starting their training camps) steal.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/11/11 at 03:43 AM ET

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Yeah, I never understood how you could hate a guy that leaves either. 

Remember Bert?  Most of you hated him for taking more money from Anaheim, then fell over yourselves when his back flaired up and he did not produce there, then laughed when Calgary “overpaid” for him.  When he did well for half a season in Calgary, you laughed again when his back flaired up again and he disappointed the rest of the way.  Then Ken Holland signs him and suddenly he’s a great 2-way player that buys in to the Red Wing way.  What a great defensive forward he’s become, you say.  Please.

Most of you said Leino sucks and would never be a good player.  Then when he sets the rookie playoff scoring record, you say he’s a flash in the pan that has never produced in the regular season.  Then when he does, you scream that he’s way overpaid and he’ll never be a superstar in this league.  No bleep, there’s very few that are superstars and he was never projected as such, just a solid secondary scorer that the Wings lack.

How about Samuelsson?  Most of you said it was no big deal that he left, that we had Hudler who was going to be a better player anyway.  3 years later, the Wings haven’t won squat and are still searching for a decent right-handed scoring forward with a little snarl and a good second PP point man.

Need I go on?

Posted by jkm2011 on 08/11/11 at 10:48 AM ET

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Posted by jkm2011 on 08/11/11 at 09:48 AM ET

You have a weird memory and a distinct hatred for Red Wings fans. 

Are you from Toronto?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/11/11 at 11:21 AM ET

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Most of you

Do you have citations for these claims? What % of TMR or A2Y readers qualifies as “most”?

Posted by Seaner on 08/11/11 at 11:40 AM ET

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I’m always surprised when someone (looking at my own wife) prefers the white sweaters over the red.  It’s interesting to me that there could even be a debate on this topic…

(I’ve got a white #19 with a C, a red #93, and a blue USA #28 with an A.)

Posted by The Meal on 08/11/11 at 01:04 PM ET

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I am one that prefers the white over the red sweaters.

It’s just too much red in my opnion.  I would never change them, I can always just buy the white one.

Posted by Monica McAlister from Michigan on 08/11/11 at 01:11 PM ET

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Lebda wanted too much money because he thought he was better than he is. Detroit told him to take a hike.

I don’t know anyone that was happy Bertuzzi became a Wing the first or second time. This past year he won me over though. I never followed his career between Detroit years.

Leino was lazy in Detroit. They were totally right to let him go. Everyone knew he had talent though. He caught on in Philly though, played like a guy with somethng to prove. I believe he is way overpaid in his new contract though, and will revert back to being inconsistent with a work ethic problem.

Nobody was happy to see Samuellson leave. And if anyone mentioned Hudler, it was to feel better about it. At the time, Hudler showed tons of promise. Now he does not, couple years later. He probably won’t be in Detroit much longer.

I wish Samuellson well though. He just wanted a bigger role and Detroit was stacked above him. Plus, he earned it and left on good terms.  Lebda didn’t earn jack and wanted too much, and made a stink about it. So yeah, i like seeing his reputation tarnished because he has earned that.

Posted by awould on 08/11/11 at 01:14 PM ET

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Samuelsson grabbed Datsyuk’s ankle and caused the fall that broke his wrist.

Samuelsson can get bonefucked by the undead for all I care.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/11/11 at 01:17 PM ET

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Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/11/11 at 12:17 PM ET

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I too remember this.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 08/11/11 at 02:03 PM ET

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Thanks for proving the point.  Unlike most Wing fans, I want the players that leave to do well b/c it shows the hockey world what a stacked roster they have year in and year out.  Quincey and Lilja are just two more examples of recent players that were bashed by much of the fanbase, let go and landed on their feet quite well—earning big paydays. 

Yes, Lebda has been terrible since he left and a half season before that, but he did get two multimillion contracts and won a cup here.  What’s wrong with rooting for a guy like that?  I mean, he was an undrafted free agent.  What more do you want from the guy?  He never left on bad terms.  I don’t know where you make this stuff up from.  He left for financial security, something the Wings couldn’t offer.  He was loved in that locker room, so was Hudler before he left, despite what some of you say.

And Lebda is really the only one that I can think of that got a big contract and flopped, unless you go all the way back to McCarty in Calgary and Lapointe in Boston.  I wouldn’t go back past the lockout, but that’s just me.  The jury’s still out on Meech and Ritola, who were never more than expected to be depth players anyway.

Not sure how anyone can hate these players, but I suppose that’s your choice.

Posted by jkm2011 on 08/11/11 at 03:23 PM ET

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Unlike most Wing fans, I want the players that leave to do well b/c it shows the hockey world what a stacked roster they have year in and year out.

I think Detroit’s roster shows how stacked their roster is, and I’m pretty sure the hockey world knows it without looking. When people leave under Lebda conditions, and then suck, it just makes Holland look smart.

He was loved in that locker room, so was Hudler before he left, despite what some of you say.

Who said Hudler wasn’t loved? Stop putting words in mouths. I never heard anyone say a bad word about Hudler before he left.  After he left, everyone just figured he couldn’t turn down so much cash (it was a LOT of cash, tax free).

Lebda left because Detroit wouldn’t pay him the ridiculous sum he felt he deserved (because he didn’t deserve it) and he got his payday and now suffers the consequences to his reputation. Playing for Detroit covered up a lot of his flaws and he decided all the credit was his and he would show everyone what a top 4 D man he was; he was wrong, screw’em. It is the opposite of those guys we love who take the hometeam discount. While some excellent, team-core type players take less money to play for Detroit, guys like Lebda (who suck) want more and that annoys me. So when they leave and fail, I like it. That is what annoys me about Ericsson’s contract too. And if he doesn’t improve and earn his pay, I hope they trade him and when he leaves I will be happy to see him fail too. I hope he does earn his pay, though, because if he starts playing like the giant he is, he could be a real force in our zone.

Quincey and Lilja are just two more examples of recent players that were bashed by much of the fanbase, let go and landed on their feet quite well—earning big paydays.

I don’t recall anyone bashing Quincey at all. In fact, most fans, and the team, were very unhappy to see him go and it was just really unfortunate circumstances. The team was in a bind and he didn’t clear waivers. Now this is the kind of departure that shows how stacked the roster is. I think the Quincey episode taught Detroit a valuable lesson about the timetable to get guys like Kindl on the roster full time.

I wouldn’t say Lilja landed on his feet well.  In 52 games w/ Anaheim, he had 7 pts and was a minus 15. Now he’s in Philly and I don’t see good things for him there. I thought he sucked while playing for Detroit too, as he was frequently milling near the Wings net when pucks were in it. I bashed Lilja relentlessly to my TV, my dogs, my wife and anyone within earshot, and was very happy to see him go. My Lilja rage has found a new home in Ericsson this past season.

Not sure how anyone can hate these players, but I suppose that’s your choice.
I never said I hate anyone. And I’m not sure why you’d bring up Meech or Ritola. Ritola probably played less than a dozen games. Neither are with Detroit now because they didn’t make the cut. Completely different than Lebda. I don’t think you understand the distinction I make.

Posted by awould on 08/11/11 at 05:20 PM ET

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I think you spend a lot of time convincing yourself what the majority thinks one way or another specifically so you can disagree with that vague concept of the “mainstream”

I bet you and Lambert would get along.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/11/11 at 05:21 PM ET

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I’d also go so far as to say that I’m actively rooting for Meech in Winnipeg.  I really liked his attitude.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/11/11 at 05:24 PM ET

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Lilja, Quincey, Lebda, Ritola, and Meech are all hugely different stories.

I am trying to figure out though… which way is that insult set up? To insult Lambert or to insult those that get along with Lambet?

Posted by Monica McAlister from Michigan on 08/11/11 at 06:50 PM ET

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Posted by Monica McAlister on 08/11/11 at 05:50 PM ET

That wasn’t an insult, it was a statement of opinion.  There are people out there who dedicate a lot of their energy to paying attention to that which is popular so that they can make sure that they adjust their tastes in order to make themselves known as appropriately “unique.”

To me, it seems like that which would allow pop culture to dictate more about one’s life than the people who are in the so-called majority, but it’s not a value judgment to say that somebody fits the category.

There’s no point insulting Lambert; he rather enjoys the attention.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/11/11 at 06:57 PM ET

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