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This is classic Holland.  He should patent this line.

"I'm OK where we're at," Holland said.

He said that to Helene St. James some time in the last 30 hours, via text, Facebook message or in person over Tabs.  I just don't know.  But, remember, it's not just Holland making the big decisions that a real-life GM is, you know, paid to make. Oh no.  Don't forget.  There's a committee to take the fall should the Wings do, I don't know...absolutely nothing at the deadline.

...like always, general manager Ken Holland will work the phones. He'll have his front-office staff assembled at Joe Louis Arena, ready to run any potential moves by trusted associates.

Quirky.

I've never seen anything like that.  This consistent reminder that it's not just Holland making the calls.  We've got it.  We know.  Holland, and Nill, and the Capologist, Draper and Chelios.  Kirk Maltby's analyzing spreadsheets, breaking down the numbers, giving Tick Tock subtle head shakes.  Holland's taking it all in, ruminating, a phone in each ear, a hotline to Mr. I, Babcock peeking in, everyone weighing the options, boy.  A beehive of hockey activity.  Discussing, collaborating, dialing.

And doing a whole lot of jack shit.

But that's ok, because...and don't you think for one second she wouldn't write this if Holland didn't tell her to...St. James says the Wings don't have a shot anyway.

The Wings aren't elite, not like the Penguins, Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings. But they are a good team with a lot of young players who bode well for future success. But this isn't a year to sell the farm for a shot at the Cup.

"We're trying to make the playoffs but at the same time rebuild the team," Holland said. "I like our depth up front. We're set in goal. We're younger on defense. We have to be patient."

Just for the record, LA's elite.  She said it, and so...apparently indirectly...did Holland.  

Really?  Look at both rosters and even take into account LA's one month record of success, and tell me they're "elite"?  Ok.  If they are? So is Detroit.  

These are the Detroit motherfuching Red Wings.  Just the name is elite. Just the way it rolls off your tongue.  The scent is elite.  The colors are elite.  The history is elite. 

If there isn't a deal to be made? Got it. We're used to that, believe me.

But don't tell me that with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Howard, even Franzen and Filppula...don't tell me that there is no chance at a deep run. Don't you dare use that as an excuse not to do anything on Wednesday or before.

This is a live blog, yes.  Yes it is, bitches.  But it's a mandate at the same time.  I'll be flying cross-country and missing everything. The Wings. UM. Easter treats.  That's probably why I'm testy.  

Beat the Hawks, Wings. Do it and remind Tick Tock what elite means.

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dougie's avatar

Beat the Hawks, Wings. Do it and remind Tick Tock what elite means.

And do it whore-style.

Posted by dougie on 03/31/13 at 10:20 AM ET

gowings's avatar

“Just the name is elite. Just the way it rolls off your tongue.  The scent is elite.  The colors are elite.  The history is elite. “

Amen to that. Common Wings….get me 2 points…..

Posted by gowings from MTL on 03/31/13 at 10:22 AM ET

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If Datsyuk and Zetterberg don’t both dominate the game today they should be waived.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/31/13 at 10:28 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Mornin’ Bitches. Thanks Master Chief. If ever there is a reason to get 2 points today, it’s to honor #9.  Two points, Red Wings. Today. Make this one count. Redemption.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 10:28 AM ET

SK77's avatar

When the Wings had a god-damned monopoly on the league thanks to the Little Caesar’s Empire you couldn’t help but talk shit on every single team and every single fan in the league that wasn’t rooting for Detroit – like the Wings were doing anything other than buying their way to success.

Detroit motherfuching Red Wings.  Just the name is elite. Just the way it rolls off your tongue.  The scent is elite.  The colors are elite.  The history is elite.

The only thing rolling off your tongue is a bunch of horse shit. Elite history? Sure, if you gloss over decades of horribleness the likes of which a lot of people here were never even around to see. There were years a lot of Detroit fans would have killed for even a sniff of the playoffs.

So after decades of benefiting from the Wings good fortune (and fortunes) to spend whatever they wanted and to buy themselves any player or out of any problem they faced, they now have to play by the same set of rules that every other team does.

And now all that’s left for you and your hateful schtick is to turn on the very team itself and any fan that doesn’t share the same exact juvenile opinion as you. It’s fuchin disgrace to watch this Lord of Flies bullshit you’re pulling around here.

Anyway, Happy Easter to you and yours.

Posted by SK77 on 03/31/13 at 10:34 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

If Datsyuk and Zetterberg don’t both dominate the game today they should be waived.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/31/13 at 10:28 AM ET

Coming from anyone else that would be humorous. Consider the source, and, it’s trollesque.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 10:34 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Detroit’s elite at talking about both sides of the mouth.

Top 6 forwards cost too much at the deadline, but we can get anything for Filpulla.  We’re rebuilding the team, but can’t move Filpulla or White in case we make a run.  But we don’t plan on making a run since we aren’t elite. 

Just buckle in and enjoy the ride.  Cups shmups.  We’ve made the playoffs over 20 years in a row, and we’re gonna make it 30.  Might stay at 12 cups, but 30 years STRAIGHT of playoffs?  How many teams wouldn’t trade the Stanley Cup this year if they could guarantee the playoffs again next year?

Traditions.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/31/13 at 10:35 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

And do it whore-style.

Posted by dougie on 03/31/13 at 10:20 AM ET

I have got to stop reading A2Y while I’m at church. I’m sitting here in the sound booth just snickering like a 13 year old girl with a “Do you like me-mark one [YES]  [NO]” letter from the class stud.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/31/13 at 10:36 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

You need jesus SK

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/31/13 at 10:37 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

The only thing rolling off your tongue is a bunch of horse shit. Elite history? Sure, if you gloss over decades of horribleness the likes of which a lot of people here were never even around to see. There were years a lot of Detroit fans would have killed for even a sniff of the playoffs.

So after decades of benefiting from the Wings good fortune (and fortunes) to spend whatever they wanted and to buy themselves any player or out of any problem they faced, they now have to play by the same set of rules that every other team does.

And now all that’s left for you and your hateful schtick is to turn on the very team itself and any fan that doesn’t share the same exact juvenile opinion as you. It’s fuchin disgrace to watch this Lord of Flies bullshit you’re pulling around here.

Anyway, Happy Easter to you and yours.

Posted by some kid on 03/31/13 at 10:34 AM ET

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/31/13 at 10:39 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

The Wings aren’t elite, not like the Penguins, Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings.

I will never read another word that woman writes.

Too bad the LB is attracting so many trolls.  Oh well.  Don’t have to feed them.

Yep, do it for Mr. Hockey.  Do it to shut Eddie IcePatch’s mouth, whore-style. 

JUST DO IT!

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 10:39 AM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

Detroit motherfuching Red Wings.  Just the name is elite. Just the way it rolls off your tongue.  The scent is elite.  The colors are elite.  The history is elite.

The only thing rolling off your tongue is a bunch of horse shit. Elite history?

I hope you understand who that was written for.  Not us. We already know it.  Wing fans understand it. That is simply a reminder to you (and yours) who you’re dealing with.  The Detroit Red Wings are most certainly elite, and reminding you (and yours) of that as consistently as possible is why this blog was created.

Have a beautiful Easter and continue to suck it.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/31/13 at 10:40 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Hola, Amigo.  Safe flight, Sir.

Get the two points, Wings.  Don’t care how, just get the two points.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/31/13 at 10:45 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The only thing rolling off your tongue is a bunch of horse shit. Elite history? Sure, if you gloss over decades of horribleness the likes of which a lot of people here were never even around to see. There were years a lot of Detroit fans would have killed for even a sniff of the playoffs.

Having been a regular at the Olympia in the “dark times” I can say no matter how bad the teams, just the name The Detroit Red Wings is considered elite.  If you don’t like the blog, go somewhere else.

Pablum seem to be the only thing you can stomach.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 10:45 AM ET

John W.'s avatar

Detroit’s elite at talking about both sides of the mouth.

Top 6 forwards cost too much at the deadline, but we can get anything for Filpulla.  We’re rebuilding the team, but can’t move Filpulla or White in case we make a run.  But we don’t plan on making a run since we aren’t elite.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/31/13 at 10:35 AM ET

Exactly, KH doesn’t want to make a serious run at the Cup, but he also doesn’t want to do anything to make us better in the long-term.  A trade doesn’t have to be a rental, you can make a big deal for a long term player (think Pittsburgh trading for James Neal).  We have enough good prospects to make that kind of deal, but apparently we have to keep all of them, even they there isn’t possibly enough room on our roster the next 6 years for them all to be on the big club.  Fact is Kenny is scared to make any moves these days, because what if he trades the wrong guy.  Problem is, you can’t run a team that way, there has to be some risk taking to gain anything.

Get used to it guys, we’re going to be a middle of the pack team for a long time.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 03/31/13 at 10:45 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

JW, Jim Nill gave some insight into what “the plan” is.  They want all these skill players to come up playing together, get a bit of that Sedin Third Eye shit with eachother.

But if we’re not elite.  We have too many F’s.  We don’t plan on actually running for the cup.  So why aren’t we moving some pieces that don’t fit going forward?

The fact we waived Qbert for Lilja and Lebda… Meech.. and spent a “coveted” 1st rounder to get him back.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/31/13 at 10:56 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Get used to it guys, we’re going to be a middle of the pack team for a long time.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 03/31/13 at 10:45 AM ET

If there is one thing that last season taught me, it’s anyone can win the Cup. I’m not ragging on the Kings or, taking anything away from their accomplishment. The fact is, parity has leveled the field. An 8th seed won the Cup, which to me means, it’s anyone’s game.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 10:56 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

oh yeah, KH saying look at LA, just get into the playoffs and it’s wide open, then talk about “the elite” kings.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/31/13 at 11:00 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

I get a kick out of anyone who strolls in here, looks down their nose at us and try to teach us some pharmacology. We all need to grow up and model ourselves after these trolls.
Or maybe its almost time to crack one and get the juvenilacity started early. Easy decision here.
Cheers bitches.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/31/13 at 11:05 AM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

Or maybe its almost time to crack one and get the juvenilacity started early. Easy decision here.

Aloha Mo.  The minute I get to the airport, it’s on.  That’s what baby Jesus invented airports for, anyway.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/31/13 at 11:06 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I hope someone pops Duncan Kieth in his dick holster today.

And I want to hear Eddie Ice-patch claim it was murder and how Detroit’s always getting away with murder, subtle little murder, all game.  Bouncing pucks off patches of ice, all satanic like.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/31/13 at 11:09 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

So, Franzen and Samuelsson are Risen?

How appropriate.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/31/13 at 11:13 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

“I’m OK where we’re at,” Holland said.

and….what’s not to like?  We gots Bad Back Bert, Fragile Colcafuchinvecihurtmyselfagaineo, Cheeks Quincey, and why, just today, the Wing who couldn’t shoot straight returns to the line, up. Everything is unicorn farts and daffodils.

On top of that it’s Ceaser Chavez birthday according to GOOGLE…....

Bloodies Mary’s on the lanai are the order of the day. Strap on yur Easter bonnet, this should be a good one!

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/31/13 at 11:14 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Ok over/under on Rosby busted mouth references by the TV crew today…I say 1,252,042

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/31/13 at 11:15 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

like the Wings were doing anything other than buying their way to success.

That would explain the 08 Cup…

...wait

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 11:20 AM ET

RorSchach's avatar

I’ll take you up on that, Jeff. But you’re way short.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 03/31/13 at 11:23 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Morning All!  Happy Easter!

Happy 85tth Birthday Mr. Gordie Howe

2 Points = WIN!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/31/13 at 11:34 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

I hope someone pops Duncan Kieth in his dick holster today.
Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/31/13 at 11:09 AM ET

I dunno, I think I’ve seen enough of that this weekend, unless that doesn’t mean what I think it means.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/31/13 at 11:35 AM ET

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Every time anyone talks about just getting into the playoffs giving you a chance at the Cup I think of this.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 11:41 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Just checking in. 

Easter celebrations here today, so no LB.  But, I hope you bitches enjoy it too.

LGRW

Ohhhh - - Ill take the Over, Jeff - - that is a sucker bet

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/31/13 at 11:41 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

One thing that may kinda’ suck today: the crowd at the Joe, it could be filled with a lot of Hawks fans due to many Michiganders choosing to watch the UM game at bars/parties,etc.

I’ve been to a few games when Chi is in town, and they usually bring a sizable contingent; in fact, a few years ago they took over the second floor of Hockeytown Cafe…I was harassed because of my Wings jersey…in Detroit?!

Here’s hoping for more Wings fans than Hawks fans at the Joe today (I exaggerate only slightly)

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 11:58 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Agree with SYF…dont care how, just grab the points sittin’  on the table.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/31/13 at 12:18 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Ken Kal just said Z has a lower body injury and may not play today!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:20 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

My springtime hunting for turkey birds starts tomorrow, hopefully the Wings start a day early and kill some Hawks.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/31/13 at 12:22 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

So much for a reach around Bill. Straight up face to face and grab a handful….. Gayhawk takes on a whole new meaning.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/31/13 at 12:25 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

we all know how good james T. howard is.

did i see right? he had the best save of the week?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:26 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Huskins was traded to the Flyers for a 7th round pick?  Paul Woods just talked about it.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:28 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

only feed i have today

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:30 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

z is out?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:36 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

 Kirk Maltby’s analyzing spreadsheets

I heard he once scored 50 goals in juniors.
L.G.R.W.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 12:37 PM ET

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