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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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MsRedWinger's avatar

Looks like a good red jerseyed crowd, Bill.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:37 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

z is out?

Ken Kal said he’s “been battling a lower body injury.”  Not good.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:38 PM ET

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Sammy in Z out…..I don’t like that trade off.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 12:38 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

oh joy! no announcers on my feed.

i am as giddy as a witch in a broom factory.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:39 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Already.  Great.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:42 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

booo.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:42 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Whitey’s 500th game? How is that possible?

Fuch

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 12:42 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I’ll take some hockey with my morning coffee—just in time for the ugly first goal against.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 12:42 PM ET

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Of course Howard’s clear hits Kronwall.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 12:42 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

t w o

p o I n t s

... and Happy Birthday, #9.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 12:43 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Oh Geebuz Fuching Kryst.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

What time is the Michigan game?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Nice start, boys.

Looking really engaged and aware.

Over before it started.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

i think i am gonna be sick.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Detroit is on national TV and sucking, what a shock

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

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Nice Cleary.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Might be time to find something else to do here.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Pull Jimmah now?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

...ugh x 2…..

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/31/13 at 12:45 PM ET

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Good God

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 12:45 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Well if this is anything like that last sorry ass excuse for a game, I can go ahead and get started on the yard work.  Two goals seems just about insurmountable for this team—make it three

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 12:45 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

And an own goal to boot.  Just swell.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:45 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

0-2

... not the two I wanted

and that makes 3

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 12:45 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

nICE gOAL yAK

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 12:45 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Unreal, the team not even close to prepared

It’s fuching over already.

Babs has got to go.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 12:46 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Later all.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/31/13 at 12:46 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Just turned on the game for 10 minutes before I started work. Cawks immediately score three. *#$%@& me.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/31/13 at 12:46 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

crap, now there is yappin’ on my feed.

oh man. feel like a swift kick to the groin just happened.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:46 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I’m OK where we’re at

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 12:46 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

next 3 goals are huge ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 12:47 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Thanks to Eddie IcePatch for showing replays of all three goals.

raspberry

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:47 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Bronx Cheer

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 12:47 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I really like our team.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 12:47 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

3 goals on 4 shots

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:48 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Pull Jimmah now?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

Not sure. He’s gotta stop at least 2 of those. He wasn’t too sharp in the last one. Fuch this noise.

Lets Go Red Wingsd!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 12:48 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

To anybody who thinks the Wings should be buyers at the deadline: Please take note of this effort.

This isn’t about bad luck. This about not being ready to play and not being engaged emotionally.

This team is light years away from being any kind of threat.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/31/13 at 12:48 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

next 3 goals are huge ...

next four goals are huge

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:48 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Hey NBC, I have a great idea—let’s talk about the Penguins throughout the game.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 12:49 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Look at the Wings’ faces.  They all look like deer in the headlights.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:49 PM ET

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Bullshit on the whistle.  Carcillo played the puck after he was down.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 12:50 PM ET

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