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Updated at 1455 with Uncle Mike’s comments on Ellis. Thanks, CP, for the pointer.
Matt Ellis, one of the most popular players in Grand Rapids Griffin history, has been claimed by the LA Kings. Don’t be swayed too much by his popularity in GR. Only a reference point, but one to keep in mind when you consider the type of character guy Ken Holland let walk, and the player he kept in his place: Mark Hartigan.
We ask for it, we get it. Earlier today the A2Y staffers wondered aloud what Uncle Mike thinks of the now practically guaranteed McCarty return. Question answered.
“We’re going to sign him,” Babcock said. “What we’re going to do is give him the opportunity to continue to get in shape in Grand Rapids.
“He’s got to lose some weight and get up to pace. The pace in the American (Hockey) League and the pace in the NFL are two totally different things.”
Since I’m all about the typo today, I’m going to guess that should read “NHL”. Babcock also pointed out that he appreciates what Mac did for the Wings in the past, but “we’re not about the past, we’re about the present.”
Oakland University’s WXOU Radio talked trade deadline with Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) today.
Update at 1335: I’d be interested to read your reactions to what just happened. Blast away if you think I should have gone with my instincts (that it was a typo). Frankly, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened (to me)before.
Updateat 1330: MacLeod just posted a correction.
My previous post said that Nicklas Lidstrom is expected to play Friday ... he is not expected to play. In fact, he’s out for three weeks.
That’s according to anti-digger Bruce MacLeod who blogged from the Wing practice about 90 minutes ago,
Nicklas Lidstrom (knee) is not on the ice and is expected to play Friday.
Honestly, there’s so little information there…and none anywhere else…that I almost think it could be a typo. I’ve email’d MacLeod to ask that specific question. He’ll probably reply with, “I wrote it didn’t I?”, which will be fine with me.
More from Red Wing Corner, including upates on Rafalski, Kronwall and Hasek.
Update 0616: McCarty scored again for Grand Rapids last night. More below.
Well, take a look at Khan(!). The Deep Digger Captain is out ahead of the pack and may have just drilled an exclusive.
“We’ll very likely make him a contract offer,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “We’ll make a final assessment in the next day or two.”
The embattled Khan(!) got quite a few comments out of Holland. So many, in fact, that it appears Kenny was just waiting for someone to ask him the question.
Scott Morrison, on HNIC radio last night said he was in a restaurant Monday night in Naples when Lidstrom got hurt. Ken Holland was there too, with several other GMs, all watching the game. Morrison said Holland’s eyes got big for a moment, followed by an awkward silence, then it was right back to normal.
An interesting contrast to me. I was in my living room, watching the game. When Lidstrom got hurt, my eyes got big, followed by an awkward silence, followed by an attempt to sever my own achilles tendon with a Jenga block. I’m ok.
Today, everywhere you look, it’s all Lidstrom.
Green Bay Mike, our Russian A2Y Correspondent, checked in late last night and brings us the latest from Igor Larin. I’ll leave it to George Malik to comment on the accuracy of Larin’s reporting in the past. For now, Daddy Feds seems to thinks a return to Detroit is in everyone’s best interests. And, in true Viktorian fashion, he’s got plenty to say about the Wings in general.
Believe me, if Detroit doesn’t improve in “the hockey thought” and athleticism, it will fail in play-offs again.
Updated 1537: Khan(!) had a chat with Ken Holland and believed every word he said, then he printed it. Looking like a minor MCL thing.
I just spoke to Wings general manager Ken Holland, who said captain Nicklas Lidstrom will have an MRI on his right knee Wednesday. Holland called it a minor MCL sprain.
“I’d say he’ll be out a week and then we’ll reassess,’’ Holland said.“It’s one of the first times Nick has been hurt, so when you see it, it’s a concern.’‘
Lidstrom was injured six minutes into Monday’s 4-0 victory in Colorado on a hit from Ian Laperriere, who checked Lidstrom into the glass and drove a forearm/elbow into the defenseman’s chin.
“Our first concern was his head, which appears to be OK,’’ Holland said.
Some of you feel like victims. You feel the world is, because you’re a Wing fan, against you; even hoping for your sorrow. You greet each day knowing there are fans out there who take great joy in your misery, and that of your team. Many of you revel in this. It makes a small number of you cranky and itchy.
Whatever reaction happens to be yours, prepare yourself because I’ve got a stimulant for you. Yet another voice from another state, representing another fan base, who would like to tell you how to support your team. Shockingly that voice comes from down South.
Carolina way to be exact.
Wake up the kids. Have them bring their Cocoa Puffs to the Commodore 64. In the event they didn’t see last night’s game on Gary’s Versus, here are the highlights.
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