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No Matter What…We Will Not Rent This Live Blog

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

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

Yeah, he should have been expecting a nice roof job from Yak.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 12:50 PM ET

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

i’ll just take one ...

... at a time.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 12:51 PM ET

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Nice T-Rex arms trying to keep that puck from going all the way on the icing.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 12:51 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Yeah, he should have been expecting a nice roof job from Yak.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/31/13 at 12:50 PM ET

I think I posted that after the second goal.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 12:52 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

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

Unfortunately it might take this team a couple weeks to score four goals.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 12:52 PM ET

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Unfortunately it might take this team a couple weeks to score four goals.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 12:52 PM ET

I see good things for that Cleary/Fil/Sammy line…..

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 12:52 PM ET

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I see good things for that Cleary/Fil/Sammy line…..

Posted by Valek on 03/31/13 at 12:52 PM ET

yea me too….....the door.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/31/13 at 12:54 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I see good things for that Cleary/Fil/Sammy line….

I’m 95% sure you’re joking.  Which means there’s a 5% chance you’re either insane or Ken Holland.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/31/13 at 12:54 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

nice shot of the birthday boy.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 12:54 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Z is out, so the team panics, because no one wants to step up their game to make up for the loss of Z’s effort.

So sad.

Somehow, the emotional and psychological knowledge of what it means to be a Red Wing was not translated down to a lot of the current roster. It reminds me of how the Habs wandered in the wilderness in the 80s after losing players like Lafluer, Gainey, Shutt, Robinson,etc. Yeah, everyone talked a good game about how special it was to be a Habs fan, but few played like they really knew what it meant.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 12:55 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

if our D steps up, ...

and we get 1 goal per period, ...

maybe we can get a point out of regulation?

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 12:56 PM ET

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Checkin in…manning the omelet station here at Rumbear Manor with this travesty of a game on in the background.

Screw the autographs…Gordie, suit up!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 03/31/13 at 12:56 PM ET

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The Wings should not be going for rental players, I totally agree. they should be off-loading and renting players to other teams to make room on the roster and on the payroll for the young guys coming up and any high-end defenceman and forwards that are availble betwee now and July 1st.

Rent Fil for a 2nd round pick, send Mule packing for a 3rd, Cleary for a 5th or sixth. The same for Quincey and White - cap space and room on the roster is what we need to rebuild/reload for next season - let’s do it right.

Posted by DrD on 03/31/13 at 12:56 PM ET

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“Habs fan” should be Habs player

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 12:57 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

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

Yeah, he should have been expecting a nice roof job from Yak.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/31/13 at 12:50 PM ET

I meant the last game. Not the goal by Kindl.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 12:57 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 12:55 PM ET

That makes so much sense that it’s scary

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 12:57 PM ET

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nice shot of the birthday boy.

yep.

our Mr. Hockey.

a fan favorite.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 12:58 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Sorry for the misunderstanding, Kate

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 12:58 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Doc said the Wings are having a “house of whores” first period. That could be a good sign

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 12:59 PM ET

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How’s that Chicago’s version of putting it in your own goal when it doesn’t go in?  Fuching Douche Canoe.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 12:59 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I knew what you meant, Kate!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:00 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Doc said the Wings are having a “house of whores” first period. That could be a good sign

thought the same thing.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/31/13 at 01:00 PM ET

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OleChek

Shut. Up.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 01:00 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

I cannot defend Filppula anymore. I’m done.  I don’t know how you can look at his effort this season and think he’s got any place on this team going forward.

No reason whatsoever not to trade him at the deadline.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/31/13 at 01:00 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Sorry for the misunderstanding, Kate

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/31/13 at 12:58 PM ET

No harm. I should have been more specific.

I’m thinking of sacrificing the Easter Bunny.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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

WestWing's avatar

Doc said the Wings are having a “house of whores” first period. That could be a good sign

I’d say it looks more like they’re having a house of booze and whores

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

MsRedWinger's avatar

Nice shot by E there…

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

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I knew what you meant, Kate!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:00 PM ET

I figured you did. We both knew Jimmah didn’t have a god game in San Jose.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 01:05 PM ET

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I’d say it looks more like they’re having a house of booze whos  and whores bores ???

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 01:05 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

So Uncle Mike takes responsibility for the team not being prepared to play.  Just what does that mean, really?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:05 PM ET

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just turned in, 3-0 cawks, e52 is -3, awesome sunday evening game here in europe.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 03/31/13 at 01:06 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Datsyuk will take over today. He is the leader.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 01:07 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

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

C-Span is looking good right about now.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/31/13 at 01:08 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Clearly sucks

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/31/13 at 01:08 PM ET

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So Uncle Mike takes responsibility for the team not being prepared to play.  Just what does that mean, really?

It means he’s slowly coming to realize the team has more or less tuned him out

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

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Fuching goal post.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:09 PM ET

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CLANG!!!

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/31/13 at 01:10 PM ET

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But, the Wings showed some signs of life there.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/31/13 at 01:10 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

btw ...

What time is the Michigan game?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/31/13 at 12:44 PM ET

2:20 PM ET, Cap, on CBS.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/31/13 at 01:10 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s gonna happen Whore-style, Bitches. Just you wait and see.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/31/13 at 01:11 PM ET

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