Detroit Red Wings Arena: Construction Update #1

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With the construction of the new Detroit Red Wings Arena in full swing, and the accompanying 50 blocks of construction, I can truly say downtown Detroit will never look the same. The days for the “Joe” are numbered, and while I’m left to wonder who I will call my neighbours once the Red Wings and Joe Louis Arena are gone, it sure has been interesting seeing all the new construction and the daily progress on the new arena district. Living only a short 5 minute People Mover (Aerial Train) ride away from the new arena district, I figured why not do a construction blog following the progress of the new home for the Detroit Red Wings since it’s not every day a new NHL arena gets built.

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A Closer Look At: Coaching

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Since this years playoffs have begun, the teams that have found themselves on the outside looking in suddenly find themselves with a host of questions that need answering.  Invariably, the question that usually gets asked first is, “Do we continue with the current head coach?”  Now I’m sure we all are used to the usual media tropes surrounding coaches.  Such nuggets like; “He has lost the room.”  “He wasn’t a players coach.” Etc.  Further to that, you ultimately cannot replace an entire team (yes I know another cliche), especially in a salary cap league like the NHL.  The thing I’m wondering is, how can a coach be so valuable and expendable at the exact same time?

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NHL Playoffs 2015: Teams that Deserve Your Love, South of the Border

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Perhaps I failed to convince you to support one of the 5 Canadian teams in this years’ Stanley Cup race. In which case, there are a few good stories floating around some of the American teams, hoping to keep the Cup south of the border, where it has been for the past 22 years! A fact in itself that may skew you in the opposite direction simply to even the playing field a little bit.

There are plenty of reasons given by some of these teams that make it more appealing to cheer for them, even if you can’t stand the team in general. Let us being with a dark-horse team, whom I think has the potential to surprise everyone, even more than they did by easily qualifying for the postseason.

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NHL Playoffs 2015: On the Outside, Looking in?

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Coming off one of the most exhilarating NHL playoff pushes in recent memory, I am relieved to say that it is finally time for fans to catch their breath. The race is over at last, and the battle is about to begin! Now that the gladiators have been decided, and we know who will be watching from golf course club-houses, there are many fans out there whom, just like those players teeing-off today, are not ready for their hockey season to be over.

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A Closer Look At: League Parity

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The race to the Playoffs has been undeniably interesting this year.  As we enter into the waning days of this season, fans of the NHL are being treated to a photo finish.  I can’t remember the last time that there have been this many teams in play for the final spots in the post-season tournament.  As of this writing, there are 8 teams fighting for the final spots in the East (5 teams) and West (3 Teams).  The ramifications that these final games will have on their respective markets is significant.  Especially when you consider that some of the ‘Big Boys’ of the league now find their season in peril.

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A Closer Look At: Races to Watch

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Well here we are, little more than a week and half until the culmination of the 2014-15 NHL season. It has been an interesting season to say the least.  Some teams and players have emerged, while others have taken a step back.  While not every team or player are playing for the Playoffs down the stretch, there are still some interesting and tight races.

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The Cinderella Stories of 2015 Goalies

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Like any other year in the NHL, there have been many surprises in the 2014-15 NHL season. Blockbuster trades take place, teams take unexpected dive bombs after what seemed like a promising season, and season ending injuries take huge blows to a contending team. However, the biggest surprises of this season has been the prevalence of lesser goalies unexpectedly turning a team’s season around. These are some of the goalie Cinderella stories of this season.

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A Closer Look At: NHL Events

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The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone again.  If you look at the month leading into the Trade Deadline this year there were a total of 47 trades made with 89 NHL and AHL players moved (some of them moved twice in that month) along with 50 draft picks (roughly, because some of them were listed as the dubious “future considerations”).  That is a lot of movement, and considering the caliber of some of the players being moved, one could argue one of the more interesting and exciting Trade Deadlines in recent history.  The only thing is, much of that movement happened in the weeks leading up to the Deadline, and not actually at the Deadline.  Although you want to leave GMs to do their job as they see fit, I can’t help but think of the lost entertainment value here.

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NHL Playoffs: 2015 Wild Card Race

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As the 2014-15 season winds down many teams have all but clinched their playoff berth, but like most years the last few playoff spots are far from determined, with several close teams on the outside looking in. How good of a chance does your team have of making the playoffs?

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A Closer Look At: Media Responsibility

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Yesterday, before the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Florida Panthers, Phil Kessel unleashed a rant unto the masses.  At around 11:30 am he apparently called over the media and said,  “I’m disappointed today, I think the way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in this city is embarrassing. A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves. I’m embarrassed for them. I don’t think anyone deserves to be treated like that.”  There was much more to it than that, but these couple of sentences really do sum up what was on Kessel’s mind.  Many of the sports talk show’s were all over this topic today.  At the heart of the argument was the notion that the media is really starting to go too far in its analysis of players.  I admit that as a fan, I started to question just what it is that I am looking for from the media in terms of hockey analysis.

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