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Coming To Terms With A Couple Of Steel Firms

It's not submission.  We're not Blues fans, for god's sake.  It's short-term acceptance.   For a very brief period of time we've come to understand that this franchise's singular goal is to extend the playoff streak.  That's organizationally.  They're thinking of nothing else. They expect nothing other than just getting in.

It's why Pittsburgh landed two captains, both better than the one they already had.  Minnesota improved. Columbus did and so did Boston.  The Diggers hint that we kicked Jagr's tire but not hard enough.  We're also reminded that the Wings committed to a youth movement when injuries hit us in February?  Ok. 

I call it giving up.  But that's just my isolated opinion, I'm sure.

But only for a short period of time, and only in the eyes of Holland and his team of equal-voiced advisors.  Here's why we have legitimate reason for hope:

There is no way Henrik Zetterberg views this as a gloss-over year.  There is no way that a competitive athlete can be this close to the playoffs, and therefore the Cup, and view this postseason as a nice-to-be-here deal. 

But it's not Hank we worry about.  Or Datsyuk. It's not Kronwall or Howard or even the young defense.  It's not Nyquist or whoever else Uncle Mike puts in there on any given night.

Three things must happen if this team is going to go all UM on us and "shock the world", and it would be a horrific shock to those who despise us, wouldn't it? 

Franzen must be the guy we used to know.  Actually, we never really knew him.  He is the guy we know now because the guy we want him to be has only been around for rare glimpses, but thankfully those glimpses were enough for Tick Tock to ensure the guy we do know will be around for a long, long time.  Who has the ability to get under his skin, like Yzerman got under Fedorov's? Like Bowman got under Shanahan's? Putting him at center, telling him to "choose a line" and then "dominate"?  That's not going to cut it.  The most frustrating Wing of our time, without question. 

Filppula.  Does he realize that if he actually performs for the next two months he can write his own ticket?  If Wally plays even close to his potential he could be looking at an epic payday in June or July or whenever Gary decides to let teams other than us sign free agents this summer.  I'm tired of him and I'm anxious to see him go, but I wouldn't mind an explosion of talent that carries us where few outside of the 19 of us really want us to go. 

Helm.  Poor, sweet, innocent Darren by god Helm.  I'm telling you right now that if we get Helm back healthy and if those two fuchtards I mentioned above can play the way baby jesus wants them to? We have a shot.  If we don't get two out of those three? Done like dinner after one just like Kenny and the rationalizers expect and accept.

The three paragraphs above, plus the one sentence that preceded comprise the most obvious thoughts a Wing fan has ever typed. I get that. But it doesn't make them any less critical.  Mule, Wally and God.  We roll with them, or go out whimpering awash in flagellation and excuses from Kenny and his posse.

It's a Live Blog, you bitches.   I once called the Blues the best team in the Western Conference. Now I just call them the 8 seed, if they're lucky...just like the not so distant good old days.

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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Jimmah saving the bacon - - again

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:59 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

The D must like seeing Jimmeh’s dong.  It’s the only thing that makes sense.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:59 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Why do they always beat 3 or 4 guys at the line, then drop pass it right thru the guys they just beat?  GRRRRRR

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:00 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jim-fuchin-ah!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:00 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Nice, Babs said “Ass” smile

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 01:01 PM ET

klank's avatar

Babs… this is children television.  =D

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/07/13 at 01:01 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I love listening to Babcock chuckling at the Douche Canoe’s questions.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:01 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Killing me know or getting to watchbeing. Franzen back checking and Anderson being epic…..

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/07/13 at 01:01 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

by the grace of Jimmy….

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:01 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Babs said ass.  And “we gotta get into their backend.”  heh heh heh

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:01 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Babs just said ASS on national TV!  Bitches.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:02 PM ET

klank's avatar

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:01 PM ET

heavy.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/07/13 at 01:03 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Babs just said ASS on national TV!  Bitches.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:02 PM ET

One of you bitches need to youtube that.  That’s priceless.

That and I really want to see it so…DO IT NOW

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/07/13 at 01:03 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Geebuz Mule - - WTF was that?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:05 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Did Franzen just check someone?  On purpose?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:05 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Me likey Der Kaiser.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:05 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Me likey Der Kaiser.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:05 PM ET

So far so good.

Add about 10-15 pounds on to this kid, and watch out

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:06 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Geebuz Mule - - WTF was that?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 04/07/13 at 01:05 PM ET

Unlike Doc, who called it a “shot wide,” I think he was trying to bounce it off the end boards for one of his line mates to pick up, but it didn’t work.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:07 PM ET

RWBill's avatar


Me likey Der Kaiser.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:05 PM ET

Quicker for me to just +1.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/07/13 at 01:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nyquist with a wicked shot

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:08 PM ET

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Doc is just way too enamored by colleges today.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 01:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Yakity “Yak to the sin bin

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:09 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

LOL, NBC really needs to lose the arrow"head” on those lines.  Damn…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:09 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Pee Air said Kindl took that penalty because he was “under duress”

NBC really pays this guy??

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Pretty convenient how there always seems to be a penalty in the last few minutes of a period, and they call stuff that they’ve been letting go the entire game

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

The randomness of interference calls is maddening.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I looked at the view of Detroit, and my city was gone. There was no train station. There was no Downtown.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Der Kaiser is a keeper

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:11 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

They really are just the worst broadcast team in sports.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:11 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

DeKesyer is playing well enough for Kenny to give him a four-year stay in Grand Rapids

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 01:12 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

The randomness of interference calls is maddening.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

I have seen well over 1000 games n the last dozen or so years, and I could honestly not tell you what constitutes an interference call.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:12 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:12 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Kilt it.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:12 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I looked at the view of Detroit, and my city was gone. There was no train station. There was no Downtown.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

Im just waiting to see a big OCP sign on the Ren’ Center

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:12 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

WALLY nice back check

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:13 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

DeKesyer is playing well enough for Kenny to give him a four-year stay in Grand Rapids

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 01:12 PM ET

Oh, you think he’ll be ready that soon?

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:14 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Yes.  Wally did good there.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:14 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

looked at the view of Detroit, and my city was gone. There was no train station. There was no Downtown.

Not too long ago I was downtown when I realized I was at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull and didn’t even realize it. I knew the stadium was gone, but it was sad and surreal at the same time.

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/07/13 at 01:14 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Howard gets blasted in the back and no call.  WTF

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/07/13 at 01:17 PM ET

calquake's avatar

looked at the view of Detroit, and my city was gone. There was no train station. There was no Downtown.

Not too long ago I was downtown when I realized I was at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull and didn’t even realize it. I knew the stadium was gone, but it was sad and surreal at the same time.

The old adage is true… you can never go back.  I make a trip back every fall for our “Manly Man’s Weekend” and nearly break down in tears going through the old neighborhoods on the east side.

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 01:18 PM ET

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