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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

Columbus was no guarantee of a happy face this season.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 07:37 PM ET

The Dives did.  They’ve finally become a doormat.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/11/13 at 06:38 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Oh no… it’s Don VanMassengale.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 06:39 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Evening bitches. I fuching hate Joe Thornton. Please win this game Wings. Please.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 06:39 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Game on bitches

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 06:39 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Oh no… it’s Don VanMassengale.
Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 07:39 PM ET

A douche for sure, unfortunately not disposable.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 06:40 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I expect 2 points from the Wings tonite. Straight up. No gimmicks.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 06:40 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

haha Wingells gets a roughing

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 06:40 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Is there really no Hi Def tonight,or is m y vision already that blurry?

Or both?

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 06:40 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Is everybody enjoying the fake HD feed on CenterIce as much as I am?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 06:40 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Ref sending a message early?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 06:41 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Is everybody enjoying the fake HD feed on CenterIce as much as I am?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 07:40 PM ET

no… but at least it’s ken and mick

 

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 06:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Hey malibu.  Saw the Detroit Red Wings official YouTube page featuring you guys.  Clicky. 

Wings on the PP early.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/11/13 at 06:42 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Too many passes.  FFS.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 06:42 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Jesus Zetterberg… did you leave your balls in the locker room?  Shoot the *#$%@& puck.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 06:42 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

it just don’t get no better than this…

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/11/13 at 06:42 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Is there really no Hi Def tonight,or is m y vision already that blurry?
Or both?
Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 07:40 PM ET

I got HD.

(not really, just fuchin with ya)

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 06:42 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

UGH

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/11/13 at 06:42 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Is everybody enjoying the fake HD feed on CenterIce as much as I am?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 07:40 PM ET

The Shark feed is HD

Pavel - - fuching shoot

Just fuch

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 06:42 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 06:43 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Well, there’s an interesting start.

Not.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/11/13 at 06:43 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Get the shine on your sticks, boys

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 06:43 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Turned this shitfest on just in time I see

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 06:43 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

GameCenter Live?

Furry HD feed and a short-hander to boot. Now where is that bottle of bleach…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 06:43 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Excuse me as I whip this out

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 06:43 PM ET

dougie's avatar

My dogs think I am screaming at THEM

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 06:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Fuchin’ great. I don’t fault Howard, but, I do fault Howard.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 06:44 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Hey malibu.  Saw the Detroit Red Wings official YouTube page featuring you guys.  Clicky. 
Wings on the PP early.
Posted by SYF from the bottom of a pint of Guinness on 04/11/13 at 07:42 PM ET

Great job, Malibu. Loved the video

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 06:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Holy Jolie.  I’ve seen ECHL teams with better passing than this.  C’mon, guys.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/11/13 at 06:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Kronwall put the brakes on his open ice hit.  Why?

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/11/13 at 06:45 PM ET

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No reason to shoot on the PP…...just pass, pass, pass…..eventually you’ll score, right?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/11/13 at 06:45 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Fuchin’ great. I don’t fault Howard,

It’d help, immeasurably if our fuching PP had a damn clue - - and would fuching the gawd-damned puck

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 06:46 PM ET

dougie's avatar

He;s not playing for a contract any longer, Kate;-)

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 06:46 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Holy Jolie.  I’ve seen ECHL teams with better passing than this.  C’mon, guys.
Posted by SYF from the bottom of a pint of Guinness on 04/11/13 at 07:45 PM ET

Go watch Malibu’s video. It’s preferable to watching our power play.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 06:46 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

No reason to shoot on the PP…...just pass, pass, pass…..eventually you’ll score, right?

Posted by Valek on 04/11/13 at 07:45 PM ET

It is common knowledge that 10 passes = 1 goal

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 06:47 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Posted by SYF from the bottom of a pint of Guinness on 04/11/13 at 07:42 PM ET

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/11/13 at 07:45 PM ET

Thanks guys. I’m still pretty shocked that they reached out to me to do it, I’m really happy it worked out.

When is the last time we scored a shorthanded goal? Down 1-0 immediately, super cool. Gamecenter is most certainly not “live”, about two full minutes delayed, so I’ll check back in during intermission.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 06:48 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

So… the commercials are in HD, but the game isn’t?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 06:49 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Hey malibu.  Saw the Detroit Red Wings official YouTube page featuring you guys.  Clicky.

Malibu, I owe you an apology.  I didn’t find out until late Sunday night that you and your band were here in town this past weekend.  I would have definitely have come to hear you play.  My only excuse is I’m old and my mind is slipping. (further)

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 06:50 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Nice pass, Ass

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 06:50 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Newsflash - - DET aren’t very good at all

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 06:51 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

My son moved back to somewhere kinda far outside Detroit proper. He just sent some photos of the old neighborHOOD. Not pretty.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 06:51 PM ET

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