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JFH On The Verge And We’ve Got Business To Tend To

One more day in sunny Rhode Island and then some semblance of regular posting will continue.  Tonite? 

Trouble's brewing, brother.  More on that in a quick minute.

James Tiberius Howard is close (and it's probably a done deal by now) to a six-year contract extension.  Ok, Kenny.  We trust you.  Really...and that's despite recent troubles.

But I'm curious.

Jimmy Howard's staying.  He loves Detroit.  He could have gotten equal money in lots of other places.  But he loves Detroit.   You know who else finds Detroit to be ok?  Reggie Bush.  Prince Fielder. Torii Hunter. Anibal Sanchez.  Yes, all signed for big bucks. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, that new safety.  Big name players who could write their own tickets in warmer spots, in cities with better reputations.  It's just strange.

Briefly, I'm not buying the "Detroit isn't a nice place to live and play" argument now anymore than I ever have.  Good players in other sports are coming here because they feel the teams they join offer good chances to win.

All that stuff needs to be tabled now, until this summer most likely.  For now, the Wings hang barely on to 8th.  A disgusting place, really, when you consider that Chicago awaits unless Detroit wins a lot and moves up quickly.  Disgusting because this team is not getting by Chicago in the first round.  The second round? If the Wings get there, have some confidence, a playoff series victory under their belt? Maybe.  But not in the first round. No way.

Tonite's a biggie. Tomorrow.  The seven after that.  Every game is a must-win, because you know they're not winning them all.  Make sense?

It's a Live Blog, bitches.

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SYF's avatar

Howdy bitches, haven’t had time to catch up on your LB yet, how are we looking?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/11/13 at 08:55 PM ET

“Twas a flesh wound.”

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:57 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

how are we looking?

for 3/4 of this game - -totally disinterested

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:58 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Looks like the linesman broke or dislocated something getting slewfooted on that rush.  Tough gig.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/11/13 at 08:58 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Thanks for the updates.  What are you drinking?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/11/13 at 08:58 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I’ll be a linesman.  I’m not qualified, but therefore that should qualify.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:58 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Too many zebras on the ice. Hope they don’t forget a Shark slew footed him.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:59 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I think he fell on his elbow

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 09:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

What are you drinking?

Davalos, you winsome bastard.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 09:00 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

James.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 09:00 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Hey 19…..there’s a game on!  Evening all.

It’s Thursday, I was in the yacht club bar minding my own business (not really) when an old friend shows up, and then it gets blurry…..so, I have that going for me. 

Wait, did I mention he is a Ducks season ticket holder…from Detroit?  Yes, I took care of it. 

So how are the kids looking?  Given the score Ima guessing all is copacetic, kapish?

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:00 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Hope they don’t forget a Shark slew footed him.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:59 PM ET

clearly thats not the case

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 09:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, Kronner.  Here, have another fist sandwich.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 09:01 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

What are they going to call that?  I think there needs to be honesty in penalty language.  Call that one: contact with the stick above the knees.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 09:01 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Wait, did I mention he is a Ducks season ticket holder…from Detroit?  Yes, I took care of it.

You obviously poisoned his marty-tini.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 09:03 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Del Taco on the #1 PK?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 09:03 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Was that really a hook? Or did he just fall down because he Saw a stick in the air?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 09:04 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Tuned in briefly to the Frozen 4 late game.  STS is cooked already in the 1st.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 09:05 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Hey, Smith made a good play.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 09:05 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Motherfuchin’ snakes on a motherfuchin’ plane. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 09:06 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Dan Cleary you’re too *#$%@& slow.  Retire. Now.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 09:06 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Oh Danny Boy - - you really suck this year

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 09:06 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Fuch Cleary.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 09:06 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

You obviously poisoned his marty-tini.

Moi?!  Shirley, you jest!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:06 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Wow, that was a big trip by Cleary there.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Dan Cleary’s farewell tour continues.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

DONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Jimmy huge

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Wow, that was a big trip by Cleary there.

Posted by RedMenace from aboard the Crazy Train on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

Oh, no, it’s cool—they got him for something else.

Silly me, worrying like that.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Wow.  Small miracle they didn’t score there.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

donggggggggggggggggg

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 09:08 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Good Christ on a stick, clear the *#$%@& puck.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 09:08 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wow.  Small miracle they didn’t score there.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

With the way the Wings are palying in their own zone, I’d consider a miracle worthy of canonization.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 09:09 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Moi?!  Shirley, you jest!

Yes, you and blah blah blah Shirley.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 09:09 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

So, given Lil Gary’s announcement today, has Logan Couture come outta the closet?  Just axing..l….

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:09 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Cleary wanted the puck… nobody wanted to give it to him.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 09:11 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Good on ya Abby!  A Wing with some cojones…go figure!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:11 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

ewwww SJ B. Burns has SNAKES…....(per Mickey)

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/11/13 at 09:11 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Cleary wanted the puck… nobody wanted to give it to him.
Posted by RedMenace

He wouldn’t have known what to do with it anyways.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/11/13 at 09:12 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I wouldnt blame Howard if he walked outta the net, leaned up against the boards, and said “there, deal with your mess.”

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 09:12 PM ET

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