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Kenny’s Future, and Present, Start Tonite

In Denver, of all places.  Clearly, Kenny (plus his band of all-important, equal under law, advisors) feel that one round, two rounds, even no rounds, are what await us later this month?  It's all on the kids...plus a few guys whose final years will be completely wasted.  That's just science.

So, what are we to do?  Continue to blast away at a front office that's done exactly nothing since '09?  That would be flagellatory, thorny and downright juvenile.

So, yes, that's the answer.  It's the answer because there have been no straight answers.  We like our team.  Mike Babcock is "100 percent" satisifed with what he has.  Tires have been kicked.  Meetings held.  Deals...ignored.  And we're getting criticized by our own for daring to question how nothing's been done to mitigate glaring personnel losses.

But that's cool.  DeKeyser's here.  We signed some sasquatch of a defenseman and a goalie from NMU. So, everything's fine.

Too harsh?

Too bad.  Nobody's giving up.  Deep down, in strange places we don't talk much about, every one of us feels there's actually a chance this team can do something interesting...if they get in.  Literally, I believe that and so do many of you. 

Denver.  What a shithole.  A nice place, I'm sure. But as a hockey town? Shit. Hole.  Horrible team.  Terrible fans.  Worse bloggers. Sobbing beat writers.  But a team that must be defeated if this team, our team, is to move forward despite the unspoken acknowledgment from the organ-I-zation that nothing is expected.  At all.

What a conundrum.  An interesting one, though.  Because now, nothing is expected.  Any success would be a bonus.  We're like Columbus. 

So we turn. We turn from frustrated to hopeful.  What if?  Eh?  What if?

Games like tonite need to be captured, though.  Isn't that right?  St. Louis, a team no better than ours with a future no brighter, made huge moves.  Huge.  They beckon.  Columbus, with a glimmer of optimism, made moves.  Minnesota made a nice move.  We did nothing because the franchise clearly feels this isn't the year.  So, how nice would it be if it actually was?

That's what we now face.  Ok.  I'm in. All in, as usual.  Just get there, Wings.  Get in and roll the dice.  Like an 8 seed should.

It's a Live Blog, bitches. 

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Hootinani's avatar

He took the Dodge!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, procrastilaxin….whore style on 04/05/13 at 10:36 PM ET

lol, but nobody was injured

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 10:38 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

G-night girl.

See you sunday

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/13 at 10:39 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Jeebus ...this in the studio bunch sucks.  This is like college produced TV…

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/05/13 at 10:39 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I’m going to sign off and climb into bed with Ken and Paul for the rest of the game. 

uh my brother’s name is Ken.  what exactly is going on here tonight?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/05/13 at 10:39 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

uh my brother’s name is Ken.  what exactly is going on here tonight?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/05/13 at 10:39 PM ET

by the sounds of it, probably the ole’ Eiffel Tower

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 10:41 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Game-wrecker

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 04/05/13 at 10:01 PM ET

No way, there was someone else from here who said they were going last night and it was their first, they get the blame. I was at the PHX game two weeks ago when we won.

So….anyone else think Babs’ adjustments have worked? Franzen actually looks legit, Nyquist has been insanely dangerous all night (I really would love to have him in the top 6 permanently) and Pavel and Z always look great together.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/05/13 at 10:43 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

So….anyone else think Babs’ adjustments have worked? Franzen actually looks legit, Nyquist has been insanely dangerous all night (I really would love to have him in the top 6 permanently) and Pavel and Z always look great together.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/05/13 at 10:43 PM ET

Franzen has his moments.  Nyquist looks confident and stronger on the puck than he was a month ago.  Datsyuk and Zetterberg look good but the latter still doesn’t look 0 healthy.

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 10:47 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

still doesn’t look 0 healthy.

0

Don’t know what happened there

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 10:48 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

I saw Franzen actually hustle and dive for a puck tonight. That’s probably more effort than I’ve seen from him in as long as I can remember.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/05/13 at 10:51 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

No way, there was someone else from here who said they were going last night and it was their first, they get the blame.

I dunno Malibu. Deuce was a virgin of sorts. Shirleya dazzling urbanite like you would not hang that wreath around his neck….

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/05/13 at 10:51 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Jeebus ...this in the studio bunch sucks.  This is like college produced TV…

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, procrastilaxin….whore style on 04/05/13 at 10:39 PM ET

They’re probably shooting this in a bathroom because they’re not good enough for an actual studio

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 10:51 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Who brought the junior high kid to the studio?  He looks like he borrowed his dad’s suit

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 10:51 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I know I axed this before….but I’m old…did I miss the April in the D band competition?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/05/13 at 10:54 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

buckle up bitches

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/13 at 10:54 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Dial it in a little Gus, and you’ll have the trick and the curly fries

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 10:54 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

I know I axed this before….but I’m old…did I miss the April in the D band competition?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, procrastilaxin….whore style on 04/05/13 at 10:54 PM ET

I don’t think they’re doing it and I’m glad

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 10:55 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Can we get a freakin call!?!?!

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 10:55 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

I dunno Malibu. Deuce was a virgin of sorts. Shirleya dazzling urbanite like you would not hang that wreath around his neck….

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, procrastilaxin….whore style on 04/05/13 at 10:51 PM ET

Well only one of us was at a game we won in the past two weeks, so I exonerate myself from gamewrecker status. For last night anyways.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/05/13 at 10:56 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Good night, bitches.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/05/13 at 10:56 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Paging Mr Babcock, paging Mr. Babcock

Your team is needed on the ice

that is all

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 10:58 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I’m using my kids laptop for the game.  The Front Row site has more porno pop ups tonite than I have ever seen.  Kids’ gonna be wondering what I was watching.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/05/13 at 10:58 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

They’re hanging in theeerrrreee…

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 10:59 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice play Der Kaiser

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/13 at 11:01 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

“Gamewrecker.”...might be a song there…..wink

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/05/13 at 11:01 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Hope Smith was told to watch this game tonight, he could take some serious cues from Der Kaiser

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 11:01 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Fuch

22 had it on his stick———-  grrr

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/13 at 11:03 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Thats been comin for 20 minutes or more

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 11:03 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Quincey….WTH?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/05/13 at 11:03 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

They’re hanging in theeerrrreee…

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 10:59 PM ET

...and they score.

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 11:03 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Parenteau—Kenny once kicked his tires

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/05/13 at 11:04 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Dammit Q. That’s 2 on ya tonite.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/05/13 at 11:05 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Hejda helpin the Dive live up to their namesake

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

The Hurricane's avatar

Why the fuch didn’t Hejda have to get back out for the icing?

I saw Barre heading down the trench to the dressing room, but wtf?

Posted by The Hurricane on 04/05/13 at 11:07 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Do DET know they really need to win this game?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/13 at 11:09 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Datsyuk’s in the box?  **** just got real.

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 11:10 PM ET

klank's avatar

Datsyuk would never hold a stick.  never.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/05/13 at 11:10 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Do DET know they really need to win this game?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 04/05/13 at 11:09 PM ET

Question is, do they care?

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

Rumbear's avatar

Mick….SYWM!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/05/13 at 11:11 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Holy SHITE that was scary

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 11:12 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

too freaking close

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/13 at 11:12 PM ET

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