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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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Red Winger's avatar

Babs, you’re a proud man, do the right thing and resign. I’m not blaming all of this on you by any stretch, but let’s not pretend you have any semblance of control over these guys anymore.

Thanks for the job you did all these year, but let’s move on.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:59 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

7-1 Emmerton?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:59 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

The come back begins…

Ironical…I just made seven omelets.  Who knew?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/31/13 at 02:00 PM ET

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Good God Crawford, so you got interfered with and lost the shutout….suck it up and keep your mouth shut.  Whining up 7-1, ridiculous.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 02:00 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Game over. 7-1 final

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 02:00 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Oh a goal at last.  Wonderful.  (I like Emmerton though.)

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 02:00 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Mich 41 / FL 17 at 3:57 of the 1st

Stauskas 5-5 from 3-pt land

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 02:01 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

This looks like a Lions game

Looks like a Lions game, quacks like a Lions game.  Holy shit, the Wings have become the Lions.  Kenny Holland is going to blow our first round pick on a wide receiver.

I’m OK where we’re at though.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 02:01 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Thank goodness it’s finally over.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 02:01 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

See y’all manana…because, I don’t know any better.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/31/13 at 02:01 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Holy shit, the Wings have become the Lions.

Where is Wayne Fontes when we need him?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/31/13 at 02:02 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Mi 41-17 3:57 Togo in first

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

MsRedWinger's avatar

Michigan up 41-17 with just under 4 min. to go in the first half.

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

MsRedWinger's avatar

Make that 41-19.

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

Red Winger's avatar

I swear to god, if during Babs post-game interview he says “I thought we started slow, but found our game and played some good hockey, just didn’t get the bounces we needed” I will drive down to Detroit and personally move his shit out of the Joe.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 02:04 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Thanks for the UM updates guys and girls, just got the feed online

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 02:05 PM ET

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Just so we’re all clear towards the end here…..“we like our team”

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 02:05 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Just so we’re all clear towards the end here…..“we like our team”

Hell yes.  I’m OK where we’re at.  The Matt Millen of hockey said so.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 02:07 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Yes, we like our team….

tomorrow is another day, another game.

Ya All enjoy the rest of your day. 

Go BLUE!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/31/13 at 02:08 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Glad you got the on line feed, Bill.  Great first half for Michigan.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 02:08 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

.“we like our team”

We also “like where we’re at”

Apparently the corners of Lost and No Clue are good places to be

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 02:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Mich 47 / FL 30 at the half

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 02:10 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Mi 47-30 halftime.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 02:11 PM ET

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This team as currently construed is done.  Their players are tired and have no motivation, a cleansing is needed, starting with waving goodbye to all the ufa’s.  this team has no heart, there is no effort.  They didn’t care at all, they didn’t show up, at least get mad about it but no emotion.

Posted by bababooey on 03/31/13 at 02:11 PM ET

Norskirama's avatar

Same crappy coverage next Sunday. The NBC crew makes me want to hurl.

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 03/31/13 at 02:12 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

This team as currently construed is done.

Nah, we will make the first round, get swept, and begin working on….the golf game. Come September…rinse, repeat.

and I’m an optimist.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/31/13 at 02:16 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Ugh. A first round swep sucks. Miss the playoffs and at least have a shot in the draft lottery. PLEASE

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 02:19 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

I like our team.  I’m OK where we’re at.

Posted by gt500x on 03/31/13 at 02:43 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I actually like our team too (no sarcasm).  But I don’t like how they’re playing.  Not at all.  Something is really, really wrong.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 02:45 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

And right now I’m remembering why I despise basketball.  The endless stream of time outs/commercial breaks has begun.

That said, GO BLUE!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 02:46 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Mich 58 / FL 44 at 11:48 of the 2nd

GO BLUE!

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 02:51 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

from FB:

Down with Detroit

Crosby broken jaw, doctors say it could be weeks before he’s able to complain again.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 02:57 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Mich 67 / FL 48 at 6:37 of the 2nd

niccccccccccccccccccccccccccce

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 03:05 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 03:57 PM ET

LOL

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 03:06 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

My LOL was directed at the post about Rosby, of course.  wink

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 03:07 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Mich 74 / FL 54 at 3:37 of the 2nd

going to Atlanta?

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

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Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 04:07 PM ET

got it

LOL

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 03:16 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Our team is f’n awesome!  We’re going all the way baby!

Posted by gt500x on 03/31/13 at 03:23 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Mich 79 / FL 59 final

Final Four

yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Go Blue!

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 03:24 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

see ya tom., 19

Go Blue!

and

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 03:25 PM ET

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