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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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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:09 PM ET

I’m beginning to think you’re right.  Babs looks confused a lot these days.  Like he’s totally out of ideas.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:11 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Hawks playing the trap, and we’ve got four minutes left in the first period.

A lot like last game.  Clutch and grab hockey, the refs with the whistles tucked away.  Remember when the Wings were good enough offensively that those things didn’t matter?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 01:12 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

pucker up

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 01:13 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

What the hell is up with all the broken sticks?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:14 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Mick prolly cursing the composites

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 01:14 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

What the hell is up with all the broken sticks?

Ask Mick, he’ll tell ya.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 01:14 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Let’s look at the bright side.  The Hawks haven’t scored for eighteen minutes.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:15 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

well wasn’t that a craptastic first.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 01:15 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I like this team.  We are only down 3-0…...

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 03/31/13 at 01:16 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I’m beginning to think you’re right.  Babs looks confused a lot these days.  Like he’s totally out of ideas.

Seeing his tenure in its entirety, he’s done a very good job as coach of Detroit. But that doesn’t erase the fact he is an enigma in coaching because his shelf life in Detroit is much longer than the average.

Coaches lose their hold over teams; teams eventually tune out coaches, it’s the natural cycle in sports. No shame in being part of a natural decline, which Babs and, by proxy, his team are currently in. The shame begins when the people whose job it is to see this fail to do so, for whatever reason. In other words, they better not wait too long to make wholesale changes, or the natural rot that has set in will fester into something more.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:17 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I saw 5 turkeys walking down my urban street this morning,  thought that was cool.  Shoulda known better smile

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/31/13 at 01:18 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Milbury blames the Wings slow start on their wives…no wonder he’s so popular

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:19 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I saw 5 turkeys walking down my urban street this morning,  thought that was cool.  Shoulda known better

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 03/31/13 at 01:18 PM ET

Don’t tell MO

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:20 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

8-0-1 in their last nie trips to the Joe?  We’ve become little brother’s bitch.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:22 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Wife: You put any more vodka in that Bloody Mary and you might as well call it a martini.

Me: Whats your point?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 03/31/13 at 01:23 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Evening…er…afternoon bitches

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/31/13 at 01:23 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Northwestern and Minnesota in women’s softball on Big Ten Network. Both teams are trying, which is a refreshing change of pace over the last 45 minutes.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:24 PM ET

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...In other words, they better not wait too long to make wholesale changes, or the natural rot that has set in will fester into something more.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:17 PM ET

I would hate to see the Wings’ making-the-playoffs streak end, but maybe if that happened the entire organization would realize that something has got to change.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:30 PM ET

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...In other words, they better not wait too long to make wholesale changes, or the natural rot that has set in will fester into something more.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:17 PM ET

I would hate to see the Wings’ making-the-playoffs streak end, but maybe if that happened the entire organization would realize that something has got to change.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:30 PM ET

A part of me wonders if the brass is too invested in the playoff streak and is afraid to take a chance on a trade or signing for fear of breaking the streak.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 01:33 PM ET

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Unhappy Easter bitches. Working the weekend and just caught up on the LB. Unable to watch it, but with the national tard broadcast I ‘m not missing much. I will be counting on the 19 to give me a clear concise and non Homer call of the game. Ya hear that Edzo. Ya Richard.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/31/13 at 01:34 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:35 PM ET

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Maybe if the Wings give Fil 6 mil a year he can hit the net.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 01:36 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

And there’s #4.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:38 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

LOL. fuch this

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:38 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

...ugh… (0-4)

come on WINGS!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/31/13 at 01:38 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Is there any reason to keep watching this game?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:38 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Ugh…...

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 03/31/13 at 01:39 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I really like our team

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 01:39 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Babcok, you’re a smart guy…step down after this national embarrassment

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:39 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Double Ugh…...

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 03/31/13 at 01:39 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

That’s it.  I can’t take it anymore.  I’m out.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:39 PM ET

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Unreal.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 01:39 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

This is the best game I’ve ever seen.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 03/31/13 at 01:40 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

and it ain’t getting any better.

wife is getting a new kitty tomorrow.

i say candidate for sacrifice.

5-zip??

definite candidate for sacrifice.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 01:40 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Switching to martini’s…...

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 03/31/13 at 01:40 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

There are no words. Horrible doesn’t even cut it. We had better be doing something this week.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 01:41 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

As a bonus….we are on NBC on Monday.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 03/31/13 at 01:42 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Is there any reason to keep watching this game?

Beyond masochism, I got nuthin

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 01:42 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

One person…just one person, tell me it isn’t time for Babs to go

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:42 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

The lack of urgency is shocking

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:43 PM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com