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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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Guilherme's avatar

Howard should take a $2 million contract.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/11/13 at 09:12 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

That was a little better.

Kinda acting they maybe they really do wanna win

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

Rumbear's avatar

And now back to the Call Sam studio for snnnnnnnooooorrrrrrr….......

Betwixt the periOdds…I prescribe more rum.  PRN.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:14 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Yeah - Jimmah! (I hope he’s not thinking, what did I do, what did I do, after he signed his contract…...)

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/11/13 at 09:14 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

I can not believe this game is still tied. James has been HUGE.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 09:14 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

pucker up

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 09:15 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Howard should take a $2 million contract.

And tear it up in front of his teammates while singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 09:15 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Catch y’all on the flipside, 19.

Go Wings.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 09:15 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Catch y’all on the flipside, 19.
Go Wings.
Posted by SYF

Ciao.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/11/13 at 09:16 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

One more day in sunny Rhode Island

While you are there look up Peter Griffin.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 09:17 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

And now back to the Call Sam studio for snnnnnnnooooorrrrrrr….......

Betwixt the periOdds…I prescribe more rum.  PRN.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, procrastilaxin….whore style on 04/11/13 at 09:14 PM ET

I would never have guessed that you have been at the Yacht club open bar for two hours already.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 09:18 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Howard should take a $2 million contract.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/11/13 at 09:12 PM ET

And then if the Wings don’t win the Cup every year for the next 6 years, he should be forced to pay it all back.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 04/11/13 at 09:20 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

I’m on the classroom watching a televised lecture and paying attention only because the teacher is hot as hell.

Hey, guys.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/11/13 at 09:20 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

And then if the Wings don’t win the Cup every year for the next 6 years, he should be forced to pay it all back.

The Wings would be 39-0 if Howard made 800k/yr, like THE GREAT OSGOOD did.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/11/13 at 09:21 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I would never have guessed that you have been at the Yacht club open bar for two hours already.

Dude, it’s almost free! (at least til the end of the month)

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:23 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/11/13 at 09:20 PM ET

and you are a bad student and need extra help after class, correct?


Go Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/11/13 at 09:24 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Osgood didn’t even accept a salary. In his day, a firm handshake and post-game well-wishing from Scotty Bowman was all he needed before was locked inside his shipping container underneath the Joe till morning.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 04/11/13 at 09:28 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’m on the classroom watching a televised lecture and paying attention only because the teacher is hot as hell.

Hey, guys.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/11/13 at 09:20 PM ET

Hell, Doesn’t your phone have a camera?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 09:29 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I’m on the classroom watching a televised lecture

Continuing edumacation?  You should sign up for my Alternative Dispute Resolution class.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:29 PM ET

calquake's avatar

You should sign up for my Alternative Dispute Resolution class.

Martini’s for everyone!

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 09:30 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

locked inside his shipping container underneath the Joe till morning.

Shhhhh… Ima pretty sure that called the “Tootoo Suite” now.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:31 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Hell, Doesn’t your phone have a camera?

It gets blurry (what, you don’t think I tried it before?)

Nathalia Masson, look at her.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/11/13 at 09:31 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Z hauled down. Blatantly. No fuchin bingo balls.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 09:31 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/11/13 at 09:20 PM ET

Pics or it didn’t happen.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 09:31 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

It gets blurry

Palm sweat…been there.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:32 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

88, Sharts, 2 minutes, whore move.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:33 PM ET

BC's avatar

Dan Cleary’s farewell tour continues.

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

Can we give him his gold watch today and tell him to use us his vacation days?

Posted by BC on 04/11/13 at 09:34 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Okay, somehow the GameCenter “Live” feed has fallen farther behind, so I’m going to sit this period out.

Take luck, kids.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 09:34 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Palm sweat…been there.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, procrastilaxin….whore style on 04/11/13 at 09:32 PM ET

Cheese and crackers!  you are feeling no pain tonight!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 09:34 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Ahhhh…... remember when the Sharts would think to themselves….“Holy crap, Wings PP!”

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:35 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

YAK!!

on the PP no less

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 09:35 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Sweet!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 09:35 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

YEAH BABY!!!

PP Goal!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/11/13 at 09:35 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Babs said we need to be hard ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 09:36 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Amazon Kindl!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 09:37 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Thank you Sparty— - thank gawd for your back check

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 09:37 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

FUCH YES

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 09:37 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Yeah - Kindl Detroit 2-1

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/11/13 at 09:37 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Sonava…

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 09:38 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Kindl!  PP WIZARD !!!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 09:38 PM ET

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