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And So It Ends, And Begins

Well, there goes Smith.  We saw that coming.

Is Vanek playing tonight?  Because, you know, if he is, that would be stupid even by Holland/Blashill standards, and those standards for stupidity are incredibly low or high, depending on the ratio(nale) you use.

Vanek, our second best offensive player this year, is gone.  Now it just boils down to what our overrated, most likely napping, definitely tire-kicking GM can get.

Who else could or should go?

Anyone but Mantha, AA and Larkin.

I genuinely hope Hank Zetterberg is playing somewhere else tomorrow night. I hope his absolute effort this year is rewarded with a trip to the time of year he lives for.  And make no mistake about it, that guy does live for the playoffs.  The regular season has always seemed like a chore to 40.  The playoffs have always been his orgy.

Move him.  Move him to Pittsburgh or San Jose.

Move him to Edmonton and let him immediately affect those kids.  Help them surprise a few people.  

Move Mrazek.  Move Ott. Sell the frigging farm.  Move Sheahan and Abdelkader, Green, Nyquist and Tatar.

That should be the decree Ken Holland lives by tonight and tomorrow.

And you put Vanek in the damn press box, or in a glass case guarded by large women hired by Jiri Hudler to do things the purists would frown on upriver. 

It's a disgusting feeling we share tonight.  For decades this was Christmas Eve. Naturally, most of these nights during the Holland era have been a whole lot of bluster and high hopes followed by quotes the next day regaling us of effort and the trade difficulty factor, kicked tires and "I like our team". 

But it's a new normal now, Nancy.  Sell it all, sugar foot. Sell. It. All.

It's the Live Blog you never wanted, the Live Blog you never thought you'd see. It's the Live Blog every other fan in every other city has suffered through the last 25 years except us.  It's a motherfukking full-on sell mode Live Blog, bitches.

LGRW, drink up, FKH ASAP and SIT VANEK. 

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stonehands-78's avatar

//sigh//

just win, boyz ...

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/28/17 at 09:44 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Chief, I completely concur with your wish for Hank. Would love to see him go and win another Cup. It would have zero impact on his legacy and his legend here. Only bandwagon fans would be upset by this sort of move, but screw em…they have long since stopped paying attention. Sadly, he will most surely linger around for several more years on middling teams, not playing in the playoffs.  confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/28/17 at 09:55 PM ET

Alan's avatar

LGRW!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/28/17 at 10:17 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Sorry Chief .. it doesn’t make sense .... the more you sell now, the more you have to steal from Grand Rapids ... and our choices are limited.

KH got lucky and got the Buffalo version of Vanek and you want to trade that away ??  Sure we’re last in the east but you’d like to see some sort of competitive team on the ice after Wednesday’s feeding frenzy.

Green can go ... so can Nyquist ... maybe even Sheahan ... but when you get to Mrazek and Z and Abby then you’re talking silly and desperate… which we are not.

There is a very talented core here and swapping out just 2 or 3 players could mean a world of difference in team chemistry and performance.

Don’t sell the farm just because you’re disappointed and heartbroken. Be responsible ... identify and keep your core and work around it.  Don’t sell just to do something.

They did manage to beat Washington and Pittsburgh without Big E and Green and Nyquist.  That should be a big clue as to what needs to be done to this team to make it work.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/28/17 at 10:47 PM ET

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Trade Vanek, Sheahan, Nyquist, Helm, DeKeyser, Helm, Ericsson, Helm and Howard or Mrazek. Yeah, that should do.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 02/28/17 at 10:54 PM ET

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And according to the diggers Holland said Vanek will play “sparingly”. He said winning outweighs injury risk. What is wrong with our little circus midget?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 02/28/17 at 10:58 PM ET

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Nothing Vlady .. he’s right.  No reason to sit him completely if a trade doesn’t happen.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/28/17 at 11:03 PM ET

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puck drop…..

and L.G.R.W.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/28/17 at 11:09 PM ET

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kilt it

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/28/17 at 11:14 PM ET

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NIELSEN! Gettin’ on the board early!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/28/17 at 11:16 PM ET

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+1 for Vanek…...sit him for the rest of the game now.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/28/17 at 11:17 PM ET

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That was very NICE!

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/28/17 at 11:17 PM ET

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Hola bitches.
Score.  Nielsen with a nice shot after a great give and go by AA. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 02/28/17 at 11:17 PM ET

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Is Nyquist a healthy scratch?

That’s got to mean something.

Posted by captaineclectic on 02/28/17 at 11:19 PM ET

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Nyquist is still suspended, isn’t he?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/28/17 at 11:20 PM ET

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Nike not back until game vs oilers

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 02/28/17 at 11:22 PM ET

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Crap, you’re right.

Sorry guys, got excited over nothing.

Posted by captaineclectic on 02/28/17 at 11:25 PM ET

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Is Nyquist a healthy scratch?

Nyquist is still suspended, isn’t he?

...a walk is as good as a hit…...

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/28/17 at 11:25 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Hi Y’all !!! wow we are up one ?? LGRW

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/28/17 at 11:29 PM ET

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Pffbt…..Detroit don’t get no penalty shots

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/28/17 at 11:31 PM ET

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ooooo ... 2 for franz

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/28/17 at 11:31 PM ET

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NIELSEN x2!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/28/17 at 11:32 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

My name is Kate. I’m a Wingaholic. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 02/28/17 at 11:33 PM ET

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2 for Nielsen.  Doesn’t seem that hard, does it Riley?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/28/17 at 11:33 PM ET

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It’s a shame the Jensen didnt get a shot until age 26, a puck moving d-man with skill…..another year in GR and he’ll be ready. ( 4 years college, but also 2 years in GR without even a cup of coffee)

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/28/17 at 11:33 PM ET

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The myopic strategy of keeping the stupid streak alive , particularly the past 3 years, caused the wings to go with older players just to sneak in. This should have been a time to play younger guys instead of toiling in GR. That strategy, and several bad contracts , are why this team is in last place. All over the league teams have been playing 20, 21, 22, 23 year old guys, and the wings should have been doing the same. Now, finally Kenny is changing.

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/28/17 at 11:41 PM ET

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It’s a shame the Jensen didnt get a shot until age 26

I have been bitchin about that for at least 2 years when he looked so good in the pre-season games.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/28/17 at 11:44 PM ET

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Posted by Down River Dan on 02/28/17 at 10:33 PM ET

Jensen got a 2 yr Extension during the break, I assume one way??

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/28/17 at 11:46 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Jensen got a 2 yr Extension during the break, I assume one way??

It better be and they better protect him - he sees the play so well and make the right plays most of the time. He will only get better.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/28/17 at 11:48 PM ET

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Just once when they mention that Larkin hasn’t been scoring like he was last year, I wish they would say something about him spending almost every game this year on a line with at least one offensive anchor if not two.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/28/17 at 11:49 PM ET

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It’s a shame the Jensen didnt get a shot until age 26

I have been bitchin about that for at least 2 years when he looked so good in the pre-season games.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/28/17 at 10:44 PM ET

True dat, but didn’t Jensen get injured in GR which put a hold on his debut with the big club?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 02/28/17 at 11:51 PM ET

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True dat, but didn’t Jensen get injured in GR which put a hold on his debut with the big club?

Yes - but when he got back he played half a season and then looked real good in a couple preseason games and I noticed.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/28/17 at 11:53 PM ET

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I love preseason games. It’s those that show potential for the future and they tend to be pretty scrappy which shows which guys have the right instinct to make it in the NHL.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/28/17 at 11:55 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Yes - but when he got back he played half a season and then looked real good in a couple preseason games and I noticed.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/28/17 at 10:53 PM ET

Like you, I have been impressed with Jensen as well.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 02/28/17 at 11:59 PM ET

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While I am commenting during the break… Kenny did a decent job moving the guys that needed to be moved. He shouldn’t be done yet but I am happy so far.

I bitch about Kenny so I needed to give him a thumbs up when he does it right.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 03/01/17 at 12:00 AM ET

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Jensen woulda/shoulda been here 2 years ago but the was waiver exempt and Landon Ferraro wasn’t so the decision was made.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 03/01/17 at 12:00 AM ET

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Holland was just interviewed on the nucks feed at intermission. Some humbling questions and some humbled answers. He gets it. And it sounds like he would like to be active tomorrow.

I have to agree with him that it feels weird being sellers. We’ve only ever looked to buy. Oh how the mighty fall hard.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 03/01/17 at 12:02 AM ET

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Jensen woulda/shoulda been here 2 years ago but the was waiver exempt and Landon Ferraro wasn’t so the decision was made.

Very true - Good point.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 03/01/17 at 12:05 AM ET

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True dat, but didn’t Jensen get injured in GR which put a hold on his debut with the big club?

Jensen played 45 games in GR in 2013/14

He then played 75 games in GR in both 2014/15 & 2015/16 and then 27 more this season.

He probably could/should have played a few games at the end of the the past season or so, but the team was in full court press mode just to get in the playoffs.

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/01/17 at 12:06 AM ET

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crap bag

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/01/17 at 12:07 AM ET

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