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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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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I miss the first five minutes of the second while cleaning the BBQ and it is FIVE nothing now? This ain’t just the wives fault. I lame the mistresses too.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:43 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Nice birthday present to Gordie, you F’n slugs

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The entire Wings Team just gave Gordie the finger.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 01:44 PM ET

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Guess the Wings are planning on giving up 9 goals in honor of Gordie

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 01:44 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Guess the Wings are planning on giving up 9 goals in honor of Gordie

Posted by Valek on 03/31/13 at 01:44 PM ET

Winner, winner chicken dinner

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:45 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Is there any reason to keep watching this game?

yes,

to sing Happy Birthday to Gordie.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 01:45 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

The lack of urgency is shocking

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

I said it last game.  No pride, no push back, and as much as it hurts to say it, maybe no heart.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 01:45 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

This ain’t just the wives fault. I lame the mistresses too.

.....and the cat. Don’t forget the fricking cat.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 03/31/13 at 01:45 PM ET

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Disgusting display, might as well play Dekeyser .  But our GM won’t do anything, he has no balls and unless he can spend a draft pick to get an ex Red Wing don’t expect any moves.

Posted by bababooey on 03/31/13 at 01:46 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Hopefully we play the Hawks in the playoffs…the next time we make the playoffs…the year after Holland fires Babs…in 2079

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:47 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Whining Edzo.  Perfect

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 01:47 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

This ain’t just the wives fault. I lame the mistresses too.

.....and the cat. Don’t forget the fricking cat.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, picking on Lil Bro…... on 03/31/13 at 01:45 PM ET

It is always the pussy’s fault.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:47 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Cry some more Eddie.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 03/31/13 at 01:48 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Poor whittle Johnny. Suck it.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 01:48 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Time for a shorty.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 03/31/13 at 01:48 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

When does our PP start?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 03/31/13 at 01:49 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

13 has a target on his back now.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:50 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

There is some good to come of all of this: We won’t have to watch Team Doc and Edzo call any Wings games next season, as NBC won’t touch the Wings with a ten-foot pole.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:50 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar


When does our PP start?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, picking on Lil Bro…... on 03/31/13 at 01:49 PM ET

It’s already over

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:51 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Edzo apologizing for being a whiny-ass Hawks lover…what a shock

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:52 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Hannah Montana: The Movie on now, I’m out

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:53 PM ET

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Now that Olsuck was proven wrong for Toews being sent off he’s going to go back to Dats should have been off for something.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 01:54 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Whine some more Eddie.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 03/31/13 at 01:55 PM ET

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No tripping?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 01:55 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Tackling permitted now?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:56 PM ET

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No cries from Olsuck about missed calls on the Hawks

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 01:57 PM ET

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Nice centering pass by Miller in front of the Hawks net. I can’t believe Andrew Shaw didn’t bury that on Crawford.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:57 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

No tripping?

Delay of game seems to be about the only thing we see called consistently these days

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 01:57 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Tackling permitted now?

Delay of game seems to be about the only thing we see called consistently these days

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 01:58 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

This game does not need to be delayed….it should be speeded up.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 03/31/13 at 02:00 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar


This game does not need to be delayed….it should be speeded up.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, picking on Lil Bro…... on 03/31/13 at 02:00 PM ET

Put two pucks on the ice and run the clock twice as fast.

Subtle interference there by toes

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 02:02 PM ET

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Just got up…working all weekend…deadlines…project due…blah blah.

Holy shit Happy Easter.


I really like this team.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 03/31/13 at 02:02 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I have faith that Franzen will have another five goal game.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 03/31/13 at 02:04 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

When did Toews become such a whining maggot?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 02:04 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar


Just got up…working all weekend…deadlines…project due…blah blah.

Holy shit Happy Easter.


I really like this team.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 03/31/13 at 02:02 PM ET

You shoulda stayed at work or in bed. Anything is better than watching this debacle.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 02:04 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Tom Renney absent today? 

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 02:05 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Tom Renney absent today?

Much like the rest of the team

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 02:06 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

You shoulda stayed at work or in bed. Anything is better than watching this debacle.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/31/13 at 02:04 PM ET

Yeeeaaaah.

 

So George, no offense, and this isn’t a criticism per say…but if I read one more (after a Wings win) “It looks like the Wings are finally starting to gel and determine what they are as a team…” bits I’m going to gouge my eyeballs out.

This team, for 3 years now, is a schizophrenic whore; they have no consistency what so ever. Some nights they’re all nice and tight…and others they’re all loosey-goosey.

I don’t see them improving this mentality…without a change at the top.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 03/31/13 at 02:08 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I’ve been listening to Ken and Paul.  Sammy managed to get hurt again, eh?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 02:10 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I don’t see them improving this mentality…without a change at the top.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 03/31/13 at 02:08 PM ET

That’s where it starts.  Wholesale change.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 02:11 PM ET

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