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07:29 AM ET 06.21 | Soon, Detroit can say goodbye to "the Joe," even if the upside isn't exactly what fans may believe. A new, state-of-the-art arena in a vibrant entertainment district won't necessarily enable the Detroit Red Wings to attract better players. NHL free agents have other priorities: geography, the talent level surrounding them and, most of all, money. The millions generated by additional revenue from the facility won't enable the team to spend more on players. The Red Wings more often than not spend close to the salary cap as it is -- when they don't it's due to limited options. But, a new building certainly won't hurt the Red Wings in their efforts to continue putting competitive, if not championship-caliber, clubs on the ice.

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June 21, 2013  08:12 AM ET

A new arena will not change the fact that Mike Illich owns the team, Ken Holland manages the team and Mike Babcock coaches the team.

June 21, 2013  08:38 AM ET

So it will or it wont? Nice journalism.

June 21, 2013  08:41 AM ET

The Wings haven't exactly been chopped liver the last, oh............20 years or so. For a team that spends close to the cap, additional revenue from a new arena is nice for Illich and hopefully it would benefit the fan's experience.

June 21, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So it will or it wont? Nice journalism.

I think this was meant as a firm confirmation of a definite maybe

June 21, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think this was meant as a firm confirmation of a definite maybe

or not

June 21, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think this was meant as a firm confirmation of a definite maybe

I think you are being a little too hasty :)

June 21, 2013  09:15 AM ET

They been attracting just fine players being in the same-old-same old they been playing in. Can't hurt!

June 21, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So it will or it wont? Nice journalism.

It's "The Wrath of Khan".

June 21, 2013  09:28 AM ET

I don't know that much about Detroit, but shouldn't they be spending public money elsewhere?

June 21, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So it will or it wont? Nice journalism.

They befuddle you decide.

June 21, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I don't know that much about Detroit, but shouldn't they be spending public money elsewhere?

What, are you some kind of communist or something? Why would you redistribute the wealth by giving away millions of dollars to the huddled masses instead of giving away millions of dollars to millionaires?

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June 21, 2013  09:43 AM ET

"I don't know that much about Detroit, but shouldn't they be spending public money elsewhere?"

This site won't let me quote today? POS

Anywho, Nard, no. The city's lost already, we've got to keep the sports teams afloat. Besides, I hear it's a privately financed from Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Jack White and Iggy Pop. (Meh, makes for a better story than this one.)

June 21, 2013  09:43 AM ET

"I don't know that much about Detroit, but shouldn't they be spending public money elsewhere?"

This site won't let me quote today? POS

Anywho, Nard, no. The city's lost already, we've got to keep the sports teams afloat. Besides, I hear it's a privately financed from Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Jack White and Iggy Pop. (Meh, makes for a better story than this one.)

June 21, 2013  09:44 AM ET

"I don't know that much about Detroit, but shouldn't they be spending public money elsewhere?"

This site won't let me quote today? POS

Anywho, Nard, no. The city's lost already, we've got to keep the sports teams afloat. Besides, I hear it's a privately financed from Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Jack White and Iggy Pop. (Meh, makes for a better story than this one.)

June 21, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Holy crap this thing is jacked up today. Double post because the submit button made it look like I was downloading something.

June 21, 2013  09:49 AM ET

I was hoping the third one would include Ted Nugent.

June 21, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

A new arena will not change the fact that Mike Illich owns the team, Ken Holland manages the team and Mike Babcock coaches the team.

There you go...

These three would be successful in To***to.










<that should start something... :-) >

June 21, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Holy crap this thing is jacked up today. Double post because the submit button made it look like I was downloading something.

It's not the rest of us SP.

 
June 21, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

There you go...

These three would be successful in To***to.

<that should start something... :-) >

That's just not right Otis...

It's like saying Fred Swearingen could a successful entrepreneur in Dallas.

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