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Mac’s Baggage

George Sipple may lose his Deep Digger union card for this one.

Even now, with the real possibility looming that he will don a jersey with a winged wheel for the first time in four years, McCarty has a personal life with loose ends, debts and ill will that stretch back to Alberta.

New details of how he left for Michigan late last year paint a portrait, depending on your point of view, of a tortured soul trying to find himself or an opportunist who took the money—plus a truck—and ran, much as he has been running from bad situations of his own making his entire hockey life.

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Deadline Eve Odds and Ends

A few little ditties to point you to this evening as you all grapple with the sniffles and the tummy aches and whatever ailments will keep you home from work tomorrow.

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Babcock: Filppula’s Going Nowhere

That’s according to Khan(!), who blogged from the evil depths of Rexall today.

Also worth noting that, as rumors swirl prior to Tuesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, Babcock said Valtteri Filppula isn’t going anywhere. He had been rumored as possible trade bait for Atlanta’s Marian Hossa. Filppula was back on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom in practice.

Believable? Yes.  Could Babcock by lying?  Yes.  Gut tells you?  Fil’s staying.

And from Helene St. James’ blog,

“Guys like Val Filppula and (Johan) Franzen, they’re not going anywhere, I can tell you that right now,” Babcock said.

And how about “guys like Hudler, Kopecky or Lebda?”  No word on that…yet.

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Floppa Returns to Tenth Place Dive

Hey…did ya hear?  Yep. The Emperor had it about fifteen minutes ago.

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As Expected, Mac Is Back

Updated below with quotes from McCarty and the organ-I-zation.

Via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed right wing Darren McCarty to a one-year contract and assigned him to Grand Rapids on a 14-day conditioning loan.

‘‘Darren has earned this opportunity,’’ said Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland. ‘‘He’s made great strides in the past several months and we wanted to give him the chance to continue in hopes he can contribute to the Red Wings once again.’‘

Khan(!) reports the Wings expect him in Detroit around 10 March.  Wings schedule: 5 March, home, St. Louis; 9 March, home, Bubba; 11 March, home, Chicago.


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The Willing Rental

While the hockey world (at least the part that doesn’t include Toronto) falls all over itself propping up Mats Sundin as the picture of integrity, Greg Eno reminds us of a former Wing who had no problem getting the hell out of that town as quickly as possible.

They booed him, unmercifully, every time he touched the puck. They made signs deriding him. Games at Maple Leaf Gardens became nasty. The fans were bidding him good riddance.

And he was one of theirs.

Larry Murphy, at the trade deadline in 1997, was held up as the punching bag for Toronto Maple Leafs fans frustrated with the team’s Stanley Cup drought—which continues today and is now 41 years old.

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High On The Horse In Denver

Wow. Adrian Dater’s on a roll this morning.  Applauding Mats Sundin.  Good.  Nice guy. Tough decision.  Deserves your admiration, Adrian.  But then he gets a little crazy.  And I think you’ll see where I’m going with this after you read a bit.

I think Sundin had this vision of himself, say, as a Red Wing, lifting up the Cup and having this awful thought suddenly like, ‘Wait a minute, this is a fraud. I’m no more a real Red Wing than that guy in the stands over there, with his store-bought red and white jersey.’

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“Hello? Darren? Anybody Home?”

Memo to Darren McCarty:

Accept the frigging offer

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Trip Notes

Back in DC after a short-fused weekend return to Michigan.  Missed the Calgary game entirely and caught a few minutes of the Vancouver game from “The Post” in Detroit.  UM/MSU game from the Joe was great. 

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The Roads Still Suck

Back in Michigan for the weekend.  Will be at the UM/MSU game at the Joe this evening.  Believe I need a chiropractor after driving up I75 this morning.  Will try to work a little live-blog action from JLA during the game.

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