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The Hits Just Keep On Comin’

Young Jimmy’s been recalled as the Miracle gets sidelined with an ailment sure to get the creative juices of the MSM going: a hip.


The Wings have recalled goaltender Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids because Dominik Hasek is day-to-day with minor inflammation of his hip flexor. They placed Niklas Kronwall on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 30, when he suffered a sprained clavicle, to make room for Howard. Chris Osood will start Tuesday in Nashville with Howard dressing as the backup.


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Updated 1855: video below.  Watch the replays for yourself, but we shouldn’t be surprised.  Slap shot from Lidstrom, a blast that Giguerre never saw.  Holmstrom on the fringe of the crease. Goal. Disallowed.  Game, essentially, over.  3-2 Anaheim.

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A Throw Up In Your Mouth Kind of Weekend

I guess the discussion about contracts and even the underground talk mentioning Charlie Buckets as trade bait in the event he asks too much are kind of, you know, out the window now.

I’m no math whiz, but “six to eight weeks” comes out to April 10th, or March 25th, or maybe longer and that puts everything on the table now brother.  Sundin, Jagr, Jokinen (have we heard that before?).  Of course, the prices just went up since Kenny’s working with the worst kind of bad hand: a glaring need. And, yeah, it’s glaring.

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Rafalski Goes Back To His Roots

Wyandotte puck bunnies will be happy.

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15 Bucks Gets You An Enigma

Just when you thought you’d had all the Wing gear you could handle.  Your bulkheads are covered in banners.  Your wardrobe is red, white and white, red.  Every hat, every t-shirt, every gym bag…all Red Wing.

Well, because I care, I bring you the penultimate (there you go Baroque) addition to your Wing collection.

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Million Dollar Goal?

Updated 0956: quick analysis (at bottom of this post) of several Wing forwards who left, and how they fared the next season. 
Dan Cleary may have made himself a few bucks last night. We’ll get to that in a minute.  First, I see that Teemu Selanne registered a point in his first game back.  That’s nice. That’s a nice story.  I guess, and I’ll have to check with the league office on this one…I guess with one point in one game, he’s now considered a Hart front runner?  How disappointing that he couldn’t have planned just a little bit better, a return one or two games before the All Star break so that he could have justified a starter’s role in Atlanta.

Cleary?  Just a minute.  I’m not a big Peter Forsberg fan.  Can’t quite put my finger on it.  Something nags at me about him and I have trouble figuring it out.

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17 Points…Stress Train Is Full

Update 2229: Wings win 3-2 in OT.  Guess the “best teams” don’t always win.  In “Hockeytown” too. 

Update 2027:  Give the “best team” the Cup they deserve.  Tied 1-1 two minutes after the last update which was the cause of the goal which led to this update.

Update 2024: Wings lead the “best team in hockey” 1-0.  I’m just sayin’.  Still early. I’m sure, even though the Wings are 13-0-2 against the NW, that the “best team” will prevail.

I’m worried.  Worried sick I tell you. Stressing.  Total anguish.  A seventeen point lead in the conference is not enough on February 5th.  To confirm it, check out Wild Puck Banter.  The State of Hockey is right on our heels. 

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You Be The Judge



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Pulling For Mac in Peterborough

Pretty good piece from Don Barrie of the Peterborough Examiner.  Darren McCarty played there briefly back in ‘88.

...the Wings will be watching to see if Darren could be worth signing at the trade deadline in February.

His value to previous Red Wing teams has not been forgotten.

Is there any wonder all of Michigan and every Red Wing’s fan anywhere is pulling for Darren McCarty to get it together and make it back, all the way to the Wings?

Here in Peterborough those who remember the very personable and likeable Darren from those days 20 years ago, must also be on his side.


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Divers and Dives

Scott Hannan was pushed.  Brett Lebda did it. I saw it.  Dominik Hasek dove. I didn’t see that but I can assume it.  Hejduk’s goal should have counted, but it didn’t.  And all of that made me smile last night, and still warms me this morning.  Somewhere in Denver the 6 remaining Dive fans angrily switched back to the Oxygen Channel, convinced the world is against them.

And we laughed at them.

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