Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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Despite a freep report saying yesterday saying Chris Osgood and Ken Holland will be holding a teleconference to announce the goalie has signed another one year contract...sources are now saying he will announce his retirement at this press conference and take a developmental job with the organization.
It is expected the Wings will sign Ty Conklin as their backup for this upcoming season...
But now, to the more interesting aspect of this announcement: the Hall of Fame Debate. I am not sure that there is another HOF debate that gets more heated. On one hand you have a 400 win, three time Stanley Cup Champion, two as a starter (another all the way to game 7 where he would have won the conn smyth...but I choose not to remember that due to painful memories)...on the other hand, those who say he was never that good, but was supported by the best franchise in the past 20 years in the NHL (which I find to be a stupid argument...by that logic, Grant Fhur was not HOF worthy either since he played on arguably the most talented teams ever...). I think with over 400 wins, Osgood deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I think a less obvious question is if the Wings will ever retire his jersey...
What do you think?
As user Tripp Welborne asked in this thread - http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/ot-wings-sign-mike-commodore - The Commodore to wear 64 campaign is in full swing.
Commodore is considering the number switch - http://twitter.com/#!/commie22/status/88849450428137472
Reports going around the news that Red Wings D-Man Brian Rafalski will retire on Wednesday...
Probably because of the knee and back problems that have really hurt him the past few years. I did not see this coming, but this will probably be a better situation than a not healthy Rafalski for the future. The ultimate positive spin to this: That is $6 million more for Ken Holland to play with/make some magic happen.
In honor of the possibility of another great Red Wing memory tonight, I'm just wondering which game or moment has defined your allegiance to arguably the most successful professional organization in sports over the last twenty years.
Mine is McCarty's goal against Philly in 1997. My grandma was a diehard fan and McCarty was her favorite player. Everytime I watch that video now I have a hard time fighting back tears.
Pre-Game on Versus starts at 7:30. Puck Drop shortly after 8:00. FS-D is carrying the game as well.
Complete TV info: VERSUS (HD),TSN (HD),RDS (HD),CSN-CA (HD),FS-D (HD)
EDIT: Modano is in for Franzen. Ryane Clowe is out for Sharks with an "upper body injury". Ryane Clowe is the Sharks leading scorer in these playoffs and plays on the line that was causing Detroit the most problems with Couture and Heatly.
The Wings and Sharks faceoff tonight in a huge game 6. Momentum is favoring Detroit, while the heat is turned up a bit on the Sharks. Questions heading into tonight’s game. Will Franzen play? Modano is itching to play another game, I'd imagine he will play as The Mule logged 0 minutes of playing time in the 3rd. Can the big power line with Thornton and Marleau come up big in this game? The difference for the Sharks has been the play of Couture, Clowe and Boyle. As all three have scored timely goals for the Sharks. The Wings playing at home with the last change should help them out a lot. The home team has been the team to register more scoring chances and shots on goal. Also the sharks are 0-6 on the PP in the last two games. The Joe will be rocking tonight. Detroit wings the first game in this series by more than one goal 5-3. Detroit gets the empty net goal at the end.
Any one else have any other thoughts on tonight’s game.
What is everyone drinking tonight while watching this dandy of a game?
Earlier tonight, the Detroit Red Wings clinched the Central Division title by defeating Minnesota Wild 4-2. This year is the 20th consecutive year the Red Wings have gone to the playoffs. Today is also the 9th time in the last 10 seasons that the Wings have won the Central Division.
Statistical Breakdown: http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=310403005