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Stepping StoneNext Season
I hate posting about my band, because we only have the one song recorded, so I have to post the same one every time.
I’m posting it right now though, because in 3 weeks, we’re heading to the studio to record our debut EP, “Get Better, Kid.” It’s going to be 5 songs, and we’re planning on having our release show in mid/late June. That date will obviously be the official release date for the EP as well, which will be posted online for purchase, or for free download. I don’t know what we’re doing yet. If you could pass this around or something, to help get the word out, that would be cool.
To anyone from Michigan who is interested, we’ll be having our EP release show at The Noruh Grotto in Port Huron. We have don’t have a concrete line up yet, but once we get all the bands, and a poster made up, I’ll be sure to post that here in case anyone wants to come. I don’t think I have many followers from around here though.
Thanks, and enjoy.
For fans of: Major League, Handguns, Such Gold, State Champs, etc.
ALL KLAROLINE SHIPPERS, I have a prediction!
Okay, next season Tyler will return. Eventually something will happen to Klaus which will cause Caroline to become concerned, and Tyler will ask her why she cares so much about Klaus since he is the reason why Tyler was on the run. They will argue because it will anger Tyler that she cares for Klaus, during this argument Caroline will FINALLY acknowledge her feelings for Klaus. That will lead to Tyler and Caroline breaking up (Sorry Tyler&Caroline Shippers), and it will lead to Caroline admitting her feelings to Klaus and BAM our ship hits water! I also predict some rough water when the Klayley baby is revealed, but still I think this ship will be hitting water because of the events I’ve already predicted! There you go!
NEXT SEASON NEEDS TO BE KLAROLINE’S SEASON!
Add your input if you’d like! Any thoughts?
1. Jackson’s eyes are blue for a reason. When he changed into a werewolf, his eyes didn’t turn yellow, like most wolves’ do. They were a bright piercing blue for a very specific reason, and it’s not just because Colton Haynes’ eyes are so pretty that the special effects team couldn’t bring themselves to change them.
By the way — that special effects team had plenty of other work to do on Jackson’s incredibly moving and incredibly naked transformation scene. “There were emails back-and-forth saying, ‘Too much side-butt,’” Davis laughs. “The effects team was like ‘How much smoke do you want?’ and I said, ‘I want just enough smoke so that I don’t see the crack of his a**.’”
2. Boyd (Sinqua Walls) and Erica (Gage Golightly) are alive when Season 3 begins — but for how long? ”The alphas are definitely going to factor in,” Davis says. “What happens to Erica and Boyd will be answered in the first two episodes, and it’s going to be very intense. They are alive but they are definitely not out of danger.”
3. Don’t expect to see Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) totally get over Lydia (Holland Roden) now that she’s professed her epic, Kanima-curse-breaking love for Jackson. “He might have to step back a little and be a bit more of an observer, but things move very fast in the world of ‘Teen Wolf,’ so we’ll see,” Davis tells us. Those powerful moments between Stiles and Lydia will have lasting impact. In fact, the writers had originally intended for Erica to be Stiles’ new love interest, but they course-corrected in favor of more Stiles/Lydia moments this season.
“We felt it out in terms of the story. We knew that we wanted the scene at the end of 11 where Stiles is on the field and Lydia is finally the one cheering for him,” Davis tells us. “It felt like that was a better moment to build to than the possibility of Stiles and Erica. You start to see which actors have the best chemistry with each other, and we felt like Gage had more chemistry with other characters, including Sinqua, actually, so to see them holding hands in one of the last episodes felt more right to me.”
4. Allison (Crystal Reed) is going to become a WWF wrestler! Just kidding. When Season 3 opens, Allison has isolated herself from her friends and Scott. For the first time, she’s very much alone. “We’ve got such good ideas for next season for her, because I love telling redemption stories, so much. To me it all goes back to WWF wrestling, to be honest,” explains Davis. “When the bad guys turn good and the good guys turn bad, you hate them one minute and then you love them the next, so it’ll be interesting to see if she can win the audience back.”
6. The Stiles and Scott (Tyler Posey) bromance has some competition. Davis actually directed the final scene of the season, where Stiles and Scott finally get to act like normal friends, tossing a lacrosse ball around. “One of the biggest romances of the show is the bromance, because they’re so good together. They respect each other as friends and they’re still supporting each other through all of their troubles,” says Davis.
But Isaac (Daniel Sharman) may threaten that friendship a bit in Season 3. “Isaac is going to be a big part of next season,” he confirms. “It’s fun when we have chemistry that appears between actors, and Daniel has really good chemistry with Tyler Posey, so we’re going to be exploring that, and there’s going to be a struggle with Scott and Stiles, to see if their friendship can remain as strong.”
7. The Alpha pack is in town on a mission, and it has to do with the Kanima. if you want to get a head start on your theories, go back pay close attention to the mentions of Kanima mythology throughout Season 2. “There is a good bit of mythology that was prepared in this season that will pay off in the third season,” Davis teases. “I’m not going to say what it is exactly, but people will be able to look up a lot online going into next season.” The mystery of who Jackson’s real parents are will be part of the Alpha pack story.
8. You’ll get answers to questions that you forgot you even had. ”There are certain secrets in the first season and the second season that are going to be explained in the third season,” Davis says. “One of the biggest ones is the very first scene of Season 2, where Jackson comes out of the water. We’re going to explain what he was doing in the water. We do a lot of planning ahead, so it’s nice to do the third season and know you’re going to be able to come back and explain a few things.”
9. Season 3 could have been very different! Davis tells us that an alternate ending to Season 2 was shot… in which Jackson died for real. “We did shoot it both ways, and not even Colton knew. I think Colton actually thought that I had edited it so that he died! I love happy endings myself, so I wanted the ability to decide in the editing room which way I liked it,” he says. Ultimately, the writers wanted the chance to see a redeemed version of Jackson.
“We never even cut it to see how it played out if he died. I just loved the moment of him becoming a werewolf. It was what we’d built up to the whole season. We had the idea very early on — actually, I had the idea in the pilot — that there was going to be the redemption story. He cannot become a werewolf until he resolves his soul; until he earns it. The shape you take reflects the person you are, and he had to stop being a snake in order to be a wolf.”
10. Scott may get a wolf promotion. When he told Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) in the season finale, “You’re not my Alpha,” that was some serious foreshadowing. Earlier on in the season, Derek mentioned that Scott seemed to have developed his own pack, and that’s a theme that will continue into Season 3. “We are definitely building to that,” says Davis. “I think Scott’s ultimate destiny will be to become an Alpha in his own right. We’ll see how that plays out over Season 3.”
Next year I am being captain of my swim team.
Like I don’t even care if my coach doesn’t make me one. I have been on the team longest out of everyone, I show up to the morning practices, I over exert myself in the meets, and I’m a good leader. I am making myself captain. Even the best swimmer on the team today said I should be captain. So there.
And next year we are ordering bags so we can look more organized and so we have somewhere to keep all of our stuff during school. And because it is a pretty damn good idea. And because I am tired of us looking unorganized when we enter a meet. We need to be more of a team.
And we are going to the middle school to recruit members. Because if we keep going at this rate, in 2 years, there will be one person on the swim team. And even though i wont be there, I am not letting that happen. It is just unacceptable and ridiculous.
Golden AgeBeach Fossils
Beach Fossils - Golden Age
This song marks Spring for me. I know that there is some time before Spring actually hits us, but this song just places me into the next season. I’ve listened to this song all weekend and today (along with all of Beach Fossils stuff) but I specifically enjoy this song above all.
Chicago Blackhawks: Not All Doom And Gloom This Summer
So, it looks like this could be another cruel summer for the Hawks. Not as bad as last year’s cup win and mass exodus, mind you, but there’s still a few cuts to be made to an ever-adapting team, and by the looks of things, Hawkey Nation won’t have to wait too long for another visit from Lord Stanley. I take a look at some of the more simpler likely scenarios that face the Hawks this off-season*.
* obviously this doesn’t allow for trades or anything of an unpredictable nature.
Starting off with just a guide: Names at the top, cap hit at the bottom (via CapGeek). RFAs are indicated in green, UFAs are in red, with what I’ll hazard a guess at what their salary will be, should they be granted a new contract before free agency begins in July.
First things first, let’s take out of the equation people that aren’t likely to be re-signed.
Turco’s the first out the door. He was only brought in as a sort-of stabiliser until Crawford adjusted to the NHL, and he done that pretty damn quickly, ousting Turco from the #1 spot pretty early in the season. So now that he’s not needed, and with Alexandre Salak coming back from Europe to share crease duties, that’s goalies covered, at least at NHL level. At AHL level, both Hannu Toivonen and Alec Richards’ deals are up this year, Toivonen being UFA and Richards RFA. Given how little I know about how they’ll manage things at Icehogs level, I don’t know if either/both of them will be re-signed, or whether Mac Carruth or Kent Simpson will be given a contract to replace one of them. Either way, it won’t affect the Blackhawks’ main 2 choices unless (God forbid) injury strikes, and rules one of them out. In which case, maybe keeping a hold of Toivonen if he can be re-signed for around the same money ($550k) as being cheap and experienced enough to help break in rookies at AHL level.
Also out the door: Ryan Johnson and Fernando Pisani.
I’ll make it known, I’m a fan of Ryan Johnson. He does his job for the Blackhawks, and does it really well: win faceoffs. That’s exactly why he was brought in and that’s exactly what he’s done. Brought in mid-season as a short term veteran acquisition to help win draws, after the departures of John Madden and Colin Fraser in the summer, I don’t believe the hawks were ever looking to keep him beyond this season, thus explaining why he was only offered one year on his contract. Since Frolik’s come in well since he was acquired for Jack Skille, and with Kruger now on the roster after finishing his year in Sweden, he’s now surplus to requirements, at least when Dave Bolland comes back next season, and we have our 4 centers we need.
Fernando Pisani is in a similar position, veteran help to cover until some of the younger talent is ready to make the step up to the big league. Considering that Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith have been given a few glimpses of NHL action this season, I’d wager that Quenneville will probably be giving one of them a spot on the main roster next year, pending training camp performances, or keep them on the Rockford shuttle-bus to save on cap space instead of being healthy scratches in the press box most nights.
These are my immediate picks from AHL level who I think would be able to provide any injury cover over the season, if called upon. Just so you can see the numbers and make comparisons to others, if they ever need chopping and changing. The defenders seem more of an unlikely option, and you’ll see why in just a moment, but the forwards anyway seem more likely to fill in. Well, maybe not Kyle Beach for that amount of money, but he’s listed anyway just for reference.
Now, the main event. I’ll be presenting 4 scenarios. The first one being unlikely for an obvious reason, which I’ll get to, but the other 3 seem viable enough that they could happen. As per the Committed Indians article I reblogged from Satu earlier, I’m using a salary cap of $62M as a basis. Could be more (likely), could be less (doubt it). For the sake of argument, every RFA on the Blackhawks gets re-signed. From what I’ve seen all season, they’re all quality players, and I’ll be gutted if any of them leave.
This is the one that I don’t think is likely to happen. Mainly because, going on my estimated pay rises, this will put us slightly over the salary cap if things stay as they are. Now, a few notes I have to make about this that I perhaps didn’t consider when I made this spreadsheet for myself.
- Nick Leddy’s contract is 2-way, which gives him free movement to the Icehogs and back. Now, while it seems like he’s going to be on the Hawks for the rest of this season, and the early part of next season (depending on whether or not Hendry either recoveres from injury, or is re-signed), this could be a huge factor next year should everyone be re-signed.
- Jordan Hendry’s contract is (as far as I know) also 2-way. If he gets offered a new contract at the end of the season, there’s a pretty good chance he’ll want a 1-way since he’s established himself on the team. However with Campoli in, who indeed may not be re-signed, since he was essentially Hendry’s injury cover, he may look for regular ice time elsewhere.
Which leads us to…
HENDRY ISN’T RE-SIGNED
This seems pretty viable if you ask me, and is the most likely of the 4 I’m presenting to happen. As Hendry’s been either a healthy scratch a lot of the time when the Hawks’ bill of health was clean, or even at times moved to the wing during an injury crisis, chances are that the guy’ll be looking for a more stable position on a team that can guarantee him some good TOI on a 2nd/3rd pairing. Since the Hawks bagged Campoli after Hendry got injured, and Leddy’s establishment as a team regular, it seems that Boynton’s release to the Flyers will become a moot point in the race for those 3rd pairing positions. Scott’s already contracted, and can play either D or wing if necessary, so the extra (projected) $800k on the salary cap may not be something Stan Bowman wants further down the stretch next season if there’s another injury worry close to the deadline and there’s not enough room to facilitate any serious movement.
KOPECKY ISN’T RE-SIGNED
This option I honestly don’t think will happen. Kopecky’s been doing really well for himself since Quenneville put together the Czechoslovakia line with Hossa and Frolik, but next season, with 4 centers in place, I’d wager that the Hawks will want to keep the wingers playing on the wings at all times, and utilising centers for making plays, getting to the dirty areas and, importantly, winning faceoffs.
A point put forward by Tab in the comments on his original article, was that Kopecky would be able to get a matched-or-better deal from almost any other team in the league, and this situation is made to factor this in.
KOPECKY AND HENDRY BOTH LEAVE
Unlikely, but believable at the same time. Kopecky gets his improved contract and 2nd line minutes elsewhere, Hendry looks to not be a healthy scratch elsewhere. Leddy comes up full-time, we still have 6 defenders, Scott’s reserved as a utility guy for matches when he’s needed, and we still have roughly a million in wiggle room for mid-season trades or free agents.
So yeah guys, I don’t know about you, but from where I’m sitting, there’s certainly not a lot to worry about here next season, barring a bunch of the RFAs decide not to pen new deals. Next year’s playoffs should be the target again, and with this side as it stands, it’s still a very achievable aim. So, don’t be reaching for that panic button yet.
Season Over. Looking Forward.
Now that I’m finished mourning, it’s time to look ahead. I really like where the Wings are at with the roster (per usual), thanks to the best front office in the biz. However, the end of this season marks the annual possibility of key veterans leaving or returning. For those of you who have been ready for some more substantial personel changes, this could be the year. The free agent market is shaping up to be a good one in this offseason. I’m going to make some predictions as to whom I think (and hope) will and will not be in a wings jersey next season.
Number one priority right now for the Wings is undoubtedly getting younger and/or stronger on defense. Stuart and Kronwall are excellent defensemen when 100%, and will hopefully be on the team for years to come. Brian Rafalski is still great, but the knee and the back issues probably aren’t going to get better, and the Wings have already started to cut down his minutes. Nick Lidstrom is still the greatest defenseman I’ve ever had the privilege to watch, but I think that he is really going to consider going out on top. Why? Because he’s the classiest dude I’ve ever seen, and he has tons of respect for the Wings organization. You know who doesn’t have those traits? Brett Favre. We know what happened to him after having his last good season. Basically, if Lidstrom still feels good and his family is okay with it, he will take a pay cut and play another year, but going out on top has to be heavy on his mind. Last but not least, Jonathan Ericsson. He had a really bad year last year, and I really hoped that the Wings would continue to work with him. This year, he was very solid. No, he didn’t have lots of goals or assists, but I watched a lot of games and I didn’t see many mistakes out of him. He finished this year with a +8 rating. Ericsson is big, strong, fast, and is only going to get better. He wasn’t as physical as the Wings wanted him to be this year, and I think that worries them. However, I think getting rid of Ericsson would be a poor move on the Wings’ part.
The forwards, when 100%, looked spectacular this season. We have a very promising future with players like Helm and Abdelkader. Datsyuk will never be traded, and it’s nice to hear the media finally give him the credit he deserves. Zetterberg, regardless of knee issues, is a champion and will be the next captain for the Detroit Red Wings. As good as the forwards were this year, I think this will be the area that will free up the most cap space for the Wings. Number one on the list: Hudler. GONE. I’m so sick of him I can’t stand it. He’s a hard worker and a has good hands, but he just doesn’t fit. The main issue is size, and I’ve been saying it for three years. If the Wings traded Hudler for a player that was of similar skill level, but much larger and more physical, they would be a much stronger team. Think back to the days of the late Bob Probert. What a physical presence, yet still had a scorer’s touch. That’s what the Wings need right now. We don’t match up well against teams that have big, physical, goal scoring forwards. Hence, the reason we have lost to San Jose the past two years. Anyway, that’s why Huds is gone. He would be awesome on a team that already has the size. Hopefully the Wings can find him a new home. In addition to him, front office will probably be looking at the market value of Miller, Eaves, and Filpula, as well as considering the fact that Draper might retire.
Lastly, the Wings need to consider picking up a veteren goalie to rotate with Jimmy Howard, who has proven to be the future net minder. Front office will need to figure out if getting rid of Osgood and taking a chance on a different veteran for a higher salary outweighs the idea of keeping him. Giguere and Vokoun are probably out of the question, but maybe Brian Boucher from Philly is a possibility? I think it’s more likely that the wings just hang onto Osgood and Macdonald, but this may be the area of biggest debate. The Wings obviously want to have a veteran goalie on the team, or else they wouldn’t have tried to get Nabs from the Islanders. Osgood says he feels like he can be 100%. I think they’ll keep him around.
Finally, here are my predictions for the big trade that some Wings fans have been waiting for. As I said earlier, the Wings need to upgrade in the size department, and that player needs to be a scorer. The biggest name everybody is talking about is Shea Webber. He would be an ideal fit for the Wings, but if we’re being honest, he’d be an ideal fit on any team. He’s a hitter, he’s a scorer, he’s a baller. That said, he’s also the captain of the Nashville Predators and I have no idea how attached he is to the franchise. My gut tells me that if Lidstrom takes a pay cut and sets up a one year, 3 million dollar contract, the Wings will take a run at Webber. The Preds will offer him whatever anyone else offers, so it’s really up to Shea. If that doesn’t happen, I see Christian Ehrhoff or Joni Pitkanen in Wings jerseys. As for forwards, I think they’ll get rid of Hudler and Eaves in exchange for someone like Boston’s Milan Lucic, or San Jose’s Ryane Clowe. Jarome Iginla is probably out of our price range, but you never know.
So that’s it. Now we wait.