Abel to Yzerman
What do you say after DET are taken to the woodshed by the 'Hawks (again), on national TV, and when the organiziation is celebrating #9's birthday?
Well, we know what Ken Holldand would say: "I'm OK where we're at." Ridiculous, i'm glad at least somebody is.
The'Dive (worst in the West) are in town tonight, wonder if they are in a mood to pile-on?
This is classic Holland. He should patent this line.
"I'm OK where we're at," Holland said.
He said that to Helene St. James some time in the last 30 hours, via text, Facebook message or in person over Tabs. I just don't know. But, remember, it's not just Holland making the big decisions that a real-life GM is, you know, paid to make. Oh no. Don't forget. There's a committee to take the fall should the Wings do, I don't know...absolutely nothing at the deadline.
...like always, general manager Ken Holland will work the phones. He'll have his front-office staff assembled at Joe Louis Arena, ready to run any potential moves by trusted associates.
Yesterday was the Danny Dekeyser love fest (don't trunaround - one of the other 19 made that pithy comment), today the league leaging 'Hawks are in town for an Eddie Icepatch matinee.
Detroyet have dropped to 7th in the POS, 3 pts better than STL. Mule and Willam Tell are supposed to play today - I guess that is a good bit of news.
Gordie is 85 today, Happy Birthday Mr. Hockey. Happy Easter.
Jeff here pinch-hitting, Chief is tending to other matters.
Detroyet have pulled off the improbable, taking 3 straight on the road; and then took a play-day in the sun on the rookies dime. SJS played last night, this is their 3rd tilt in four nights.
Paging Admiral Ackbar, its a live blog with the bitches.
DET are riding a 37 Corona and a 3 game road-winning streak into San Jose to finish a 4 game west coast swing. The Wings are, improbably sitting 5 in the WC today; thanks in no small part to the their strong defensive play, including one Jimmy-freaking-Howard.
SJS are playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, but are coming off a home-and-home sweep of the Ducks.
My mother told me, before she passed away, that son when I'm gone don't forget to pray; because there'll be hard times.
#9 celebrates his 85th Birthday on Sunday. The Wings, and a bunch of players from around the league, wish him a happy birthday - very cool for one very cool Mr. Hockey.
All I know is this: one year ago, two years ago, three years ago? Detroit featured three of the best five players in the world. Some seasoning may have meant Cup #12. Some aggression at the deadline could have landed a piece like Iginla (I said "like") and we never would have heard of, for instance, Tatar or Nyquist again. But at least the effort would have been there.
Ken Holland holds on to the Nicastros and the Teletubbies and the Youtube sensations, the junior World Cup superstars...while Ray Shero is dealing in real talent, for real Cups.
Was Detroit even a remote destination for Jarome Iginla? Nope. But I'll bet we kicked Feaster's tire, though...right? One little kick? A little swipe and then move over for Ray, boy.
Tick Tock. Talent to waste, years to wave goodbye to Kenny. Russia's calling Pavel home.
Well, it's not like Mike Ilitch flying to a farm in Walnut Grove, but it's an effort.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Detroit Red Wings are making their final pitch this week to prized free-agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland traveled from Phoenix to Toronto to meet with the representatives of the former Western Michigan University star.
DeKeyser is expected to weigh numerous offers and make his decision by Friday.
More from Khan(!) here.
More from me here: if Holland doesn't land this kid, a Wing fan from Michigan? Nothing short of failure. Graham Hathaway agrees.
When you've got a day off after winning three in a row on a road trip that was supposed to signal the end of joy forever?
You do what men do. Drink a little and mess with the most junior guy you can find.
Here's Brendan Smith's tab after an afternoon in Phoenix today, via @bssmith7 (since deleted).
The rivalry ended in 2002, when the Wings were scoring at will in Game 7 against Patrick Roy. They blistered him that afternoon, reduced him to a sputtering, babbling, twitching idiot.
It, naturally, had begun five years earier. Actually, make that six because it was '96 when Claude Lemieux wrecked Kris Draper's face from behind.
I've been an angry elf lately. Spinning testy yarns about our boy Murph getting canned, Tick Tock failings, Uncle Mike singlehandedly driving the most talented Red Wing in history from Detroit.
Sometimes I forget that it could be so much worse. We could be fans of the 29th ranked team in the NHL. Our beat writers could be melting down on a weekly basis like Adrian Dater does. That would suck. I'm so glad I'm not them, so glad I'm not a Dive fan, so very warm and happy that my team doesn't suck year after year after season after generation.
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