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One Day Later, Wings Push On

The debate about whether Mike Ilitch was more devoted to the Red Wings or the Tigers had no validity once the little shrew of a commissioner hamstrung the most aggressive owner in sports.  Ilitch spent limitlessly to make his teams better, because the best owners of the best teams were those who were in it for more than a profit.

Mike Ilitch wanted to win. He did with the Wings, four times.  He won because he allowed the organ-I-zation to spend money in the right places. He brought in Bowman for triple the salary any other coach in hockey was earning.

He levied no "max" on signing the best free agents.  Money was no object because he had enough of it.

He tried with the Tigers and how appropriate would it be if the team finally brought one home this year, 9 months after he's gone.  The team that everyone said would be dismantled, but hasn't been, is a team constructed with an open Ilitch wallet.

It's a little sad that Mike Ilitch won't be around to see his arena opened next year.  I say a little because the chatter about his health has been out here for more than five years.  None of us were surprised to hear the news yesterday. Saddened? Of course.  But we knew the end was pretty close.

Mike Ilitch delivered the greatest moments of many of our lives.  Do not downplay that.  The construction of the Wing dynasty was accomplished with the Ilitch decree that winning was the only goal. Not "getting in", Kenny.  Winning Cups.

Lots of great tributes to Ilitch going around today.  The best tribute the Holland-built  Wings could give tonight would be to beat the little brothers in Columbus. 

It's a Live Blog, bitches.  LGRW, farewell to Mr. I and FKH ASAP. 

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yzer19man's avatar

RIP Mike.

LGRW

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 02/11/17 at 05:41 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

There are few (if any) that have given back to their lifelong community to the degree which Mr. Ilitch has. Many are to be thankful for his unselfish generosity.


This was a banner in the Red Wings locker room, to be see as one exited for the ice ...

Luke 12:48


Thank you Mr. I. You will long be remembered.

 

now, just win boyz

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/11/17 at 05:56 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Mike Ilitch delivered the greatest moments of many of our lives.

Amen.

It’s a great day for a hockey game.  To honor a great man who, more than anything else, cared.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 02/11/17 at 05:57 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

RIP Mike Ilitch.

Let’s Go Red Wings   Clap Clap Clap

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/11/17 at 06:04 PM ET

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L.G.R.W.

That is all.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 06:10 PM ET

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What a sorry attempt Tats

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 06:12 PM ET

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DeKeyser should have punched Foligno in the face for getting close to Mrazek at the whistle as that’s apparently not a penalty this game.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 06:22 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

... right

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/11/17 at 06:25 PM ET

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Not good Pter

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 06:25 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

0-1 on a tip. red face

Posted by bigfrog on 02/11/17 at 06:26 PM ET

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Wings have to lead the league in pucks on sticks not getting out of the zone, and it can’t even be close.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 06:27 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Thoughts and Prayers to the Ilitch Family!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!


Ugh 0-1

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's Chair on 02/11/17 at 06:29 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

I heard that Sproul is out and Kronner is in. Is Sproul hurt? or was his game bad against Washington? I didn’t see that game.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/11/17 at 06:37 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

1-1 Vanek. grin

Posted by bigfrog on 02/11/17 at 06:39 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

BINGO!!!

1-1

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/11/17 at 06:39 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

WINGS Vanek 1-1

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's Chair on 02/11/17 at 06:39 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

3 PP have scored in a row?? There maybe hope yet… lol LGRW

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/11/17 at 06:40 PM ET

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Funny how Helm makes a great pass through two defenders after failing miserably trying to get through one defender the rush before. 

1-1

L.G.R.W.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 06:40 PM ET

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I heard that Sproul is out and Kronner is in. Is Sproul hurt? or was his game bad against Washington? I didn’t see that game.
   
Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/11/17 at 05:37 PM ET

Sproul was just kind of there last game.  Seemed tentative, like he wanted to make sure he didn’t do anything to get benched for a dozen games again.  Someone had to sit with Kronwal coming back and Sproul’s confidence is shot already anyway.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 06:43 PM ET

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Keep talking about the young Red Wing defense Ken, ignoring that it’s the DeKeyser/Green pairing that keeps getting pinned in.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 06:47 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Someone had to sit with Kronwal coming back and Sproul’s confidence is shot already anyway.

Ah - K - thanks - Was hoping they would sit Kronwall for a bit and give Sproul a chance to build some confidence. And I wanted to see him play again.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/11/17 at 06:48 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Hola bitches. On a Valentine’s Day date with the missus. So lurking about. Have a great l bee. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 02/11/17 at 06:53 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Keep talking about the young Red Wing defense Ken, ignoring that it’s the DeKeyser/Green pairing that keeps getting pinned in.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 05:47 PM ET

they’re all
getting pinned in. it’s what they do

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/11/17 at 06:59 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Howdy, Y’all.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/11/17 at 07:17 PM ET

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Nyquist playing strong along the boards.  Nice to see

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 07:22 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

1-2. Just let him walk right in. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 02/11/17 at 07:29 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

too easy….. ugh 1-2

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's Chair on 02/11/17 at 07:29 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

...right

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/11/17 at 07:29 PM ET

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If only a defensive specialist (Sheahan) would have been on the ice there.  rolleyes

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/11/17 at 07:30 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

“man advantage”

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/11/17 at 07:32 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

A Red Wing PP. Need another PP goal. surprised

Posted by bigfrog on 02/11/17 at 07:32 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

How did that not go in?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/11/17 at 07:34 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

I just don’t see how this team can go on thinking that they can sign free agents in the future when the future players see such blatant favoritism by the staff. Why would you want to play for this orgaization in GR when you never get a chance when failing players always get the nod.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/11/17 at 07:36 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

kronner slow to get up?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/11/17 at 07:40 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

A 4 minute PP. Have to score now. surprised

Posted by bigfrog on 02/11/17 at 07:40 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

4 minutes.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/11/17 at 07:41 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

kronner slow

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/11/17 at 06:40 PM ET

There you go. smile

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/11/17 at 07:41 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Columbus almost scored with a second left in the second period. Story of the season. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 02/11/17 at 07:44 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

welp, there goes our best trade chip.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/11/17 at 08:08 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

He’s been giving up rebounds, we just can’t quite get that second shot in on him.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/11/17 at 08:16 PM ET

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