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LB:  The Writing Is On The Wall, The Wings Need To Win It All

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

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There has been a lot of moving and shaking today.  If you read the signs around the league they will tell you some teams are making a serious bid for the playoffs.  Phoenix and LA are two of the teams who are going to the mat in a fight for a playoff spot.  The Wings have been in a fight for the playoffs since Jobu started fuching with us.  Unfortunately, Toronto is making a bid for early tee times, but I actually feel optimistic that there is hope on the horizon for the first time in almost a decade in Leafs Nation.

Back to Detroit.

The Clusterfaux to the Playoffs is well illustrated by RWBill.  The Wings are leading the Peloton of Suck, for now.  Anything can happen, the team has to read the sign on the wall telling them to control their own destiny.  Win games and leave everyone in the dust behind you.

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Can We Talk Goaltending?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In this salary cap world, when a team feels they have a legitimate shot at winning the Stanley Cup, they sgo for it and go for it hard.

Three teams that have this shot are Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington. 

Are you surprised that none of these teams made a trade to improve their goaltending situation and is it a mistake that will cost them once the playoffs start?

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Yelle Back To Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed have been traded to Colorado for C Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a sixth-round pick, says Rutherford

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  Tags: stephane+yelle

Edmonton/Calgary Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Edmonton trades Steve Staois to Cgy for Aaron Johnson and a third . Done

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  Tags: aaron+johnson, steve+staois

it’d be brash but…

Blog: KK Members Blog By perfection

it seems like philly is pretty desperate for a goalie…. I’m wondering what they’d give for Osgood right now?

Seems like a crazy move and the Wings would probably never do it, but the fact is it’s a transitional year anyway and there’s some outstanding talent in the Wings minor system. Daniel Larsson is chomping at the bit. He was the best goalie in the entire Swedish Elite League a few years back and was an AHL All Star last year… with Jimmy Howard as the other goalie on his team! He’s been as good if not consistently better than Howard his whole time with the Griffins. It just happened that it was Howard’s turn… he could no longer be sent down to the minors. It was time to see what he could do in the NHL. And we’ve seen it. Could Larsson be even better?

What’s more, the kid playing behind Larsson in Grand Rapids is Thomas McCollum a 20 year old first round draft pick who is supposed to end up the best of them all!

And what’s more, is the kid wasting away on the Toledo Walleye in the ECHL, waiting to get called back up to Grand Rapids, is Jordan Pearce… the best goalie in all of college hockey last year. Pearce had a 1.68GA and a .931SV% for Notre Dame.

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Visnovsky Goes To Ahaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

per TSN, Edmonton trades Lubomir Visnovsky to the Ducks for Ryan Whitney

added 4:16pm,

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney and a sixth-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“Lubomir Visnovsky is a skilled defenseman with a proven track record,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We feel this is a major addition for us, not only for our stretch drive but going forward.”

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  Tags: lubomir+visnovsky, ryan+whitney

GDT - Game #63: Red Wings host Canucks (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Don’t look now, but Detroit find themselves winners of two in a row and locked solidly in playoff contention (where is that sarcasm font).  Meanwhile, Vancouver, in the midst of an obscene 14 game road trip, played in Columbus last night, and won 4-3 in overtime. 

The Red Wings fight for a playoff position in the W.C., will likely be ridiculously stressful for the first time in years.  There are just 6 points separating the 7th place team from the 12th place team - - i.e there are 6 teams fighting for 2 spots.  Captain Obvious told me that DET needs to get on a run, because at least one of the other 5 teams will certainly do so.

7 NSH 62 g/p, 73 pts last 10 5-3-2
8 DET 62 g/p, 70 pts   last 10 4-3-3
9 CGY 62 g/p, 69 pts last 10 4-3-3
10 DAL 62 g/p, 68 pts last 10 6-3-1
11 ANA 62 g/p, 67 pts last 10 6-4-0
12 STL 63 g/p, 67 pts last 10 6-3-1

DET have won both meetings this season with VAN, lets go for three(!)

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Well, What Do You Think Now That The Deadline Has Expired?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Too many teams still in the race for an all-out sale, maybe next year.

added 3:28pm, I may have missed a few minor deals plus some minor details on the trades, so visit NHL.com to get the official trade report.

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Modin Goes To The Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elliotte Friemdan tweet,

Modin to LA for conditional pick

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  Tags: fredrik+modin

Canes Trade Alberts To Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via email alert,

Rogers Sportsnet announces that the Carolina Hurricanes trade Andrew Alberts to the Vancouver Canucks

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  Tags: andrew+alberts

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