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Updated 1513: Khan(!) reporting that Holland is refuting Berger’s original report that the Wing players are pushing for Sundin. See below.
Updated 1501: Sportsnet is confirming that Leaf GM Cliff Fletcher has met with both McCabe and Sundin, as well as their agents. Details at the bottom of this post.
Howard Berger, on Toronto’s Fan 590, just said that he’s spoken with a member of the Wing organ-I-zation who told him the players are making a push for Mats Sundin. He made a point to say that those players aren’t just Swedes.
Also, via Sportsnet...looks like there’s something going on in Toronto.
Neither Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin nor defenceman Bryan McCabe were on the ice at the team’s practice this morning at Lakeshore Lions Arena.
There are unconfirmed reports that McCabe had a brief meeting with general manager Cliff Fletcher and immediately left the facility.
Hate the deadline, just like I hate the playoffs. I can see four days into the future and my visions would typically have me nervous. I see us rocking back and forth, clicking, refreshing, reloading, clicking and waiting for the word that Kenny’s made that deal to bring us Cup Number 11. I know for certain that the pain will ensue as we watch Sundin go to Anaheim, Jokinen to Dallas, Hossa out East, Blake back to his granola in the King room because he could care less about a Cup, only his personal comfort. Too much talk about Fedorov: not coming. Brad Stuart? Same thing. Too much talk.
I see those things and I have a recommendation for Kenny. Do…nothing.
So says Damien Cox, on loan to ESPN,
We all know, of course, how that fantasy football story ended, with the 18-0 New Englanders stunned on Super Bowl Sunday by the New York Giants.
It could be that the Red Wings are headed for a similar conclusion, particularly since the Western Conference is packed with tough opponents, from defending champion Anaheim to hard-nosed Calgary to talented San Jose. Vancouver, led by superb goalie Roberto Luongo, could trip up anybody.
And if the Wings get past those obstacles, any number of upset-minded Eastern Conference clubs would await.
Updated at 1455 with Uncle Mike’s comments on Ellis. Thanks, CP, for the pointer.
Matt Ellis, one of the most popular players in Grand Rapids Griffin history, has been claimed by the LA Kings. Don’t be swayed too much by his popularity in GR. Only a reference point, but one to keep in mind when you consider the type of character guy Ken Holland let walk, and the player he kept in his place: Mark Hartigan.
We ask for it, we get it. Earlier today the A2Y staffers wondered aloud what Uncle Mike thinks of the now practically guaranteed McCarty return. Question answered.
“We’re going to sign him,” Babcock said. “What we’re going to do is give him the opportunity to continue to get in shape in Grand Rapids.
“He’s got to lose some weight and get up to pace. The pace in the American (Hockey) League and the pace in the NFL are two totally different things.”
Since I’m all about the typo today, I’m going to guess that should read “NHL”. Babcock also pointed out that he appreciates what Mac did for the Wings in the past, but “we’re not about the past, we’re about the present.”
Oakland University’s WXOU Radio talked trade deadline with Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) today.
Update at 1335: I’d be interested to read your reactions to what just happened. Blast away if you think I should have gone with my instincts (that it was a typo). Frankly, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened (to me)before.
Updateat 1330: MacLeod just posted a correction.
My previous post said that Nicklas Lidstrom is expected to play Friday ... he is not expected to play. In fact, he’s out for three weeks.
That’s according to anti-digger Bruce MacLeod who blogged from the Wing practice about 90 minutes ago,
Nicklas Lidstrom (knee) is not on the ice and is expected to play Friday.
Honestly, there’s so little information there…and none anywhere else…that I almost think it could be a typo. I’ve email’d MacLeod to ask that specific question. He’ll probably reply with, “I wrote it didn’t I?”, which will be fine with me.
More from Red Wing Corner, including upates on Rafalski, Kronwall and Hasek.
Update 0616: McCarty scored again for Grand Rapids last night. More below.
Well, take a look at Khan(!). The Deep Digger Captain is out ahead of the pack and may have just drilled an exclusive.
“We’ll very likely make him a contract offer,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “We’ll make a final assessment in the next day or two.”
The embattled Khan(!) got quite a few comments out of Holland. So many, in fact, that it appears Kenny was just waiting for someone to ask him the question.
Scott Morrison, on HNIC radio last night said he was in a restaurant Monday night in Naples when Lidstrom got hurt. Ken Holland was there too, with several other GMs, all watching the game. Morrison said Holland’s eyes got big for a moment, followed by an awkward silence, then it was right back to normal.
An interesting contrast to me. I was in my living room, watching the game. When Lidstrom got hurt, my eyes got big, followed by an awkward silence, followed by an attempt to sever my own achilles tendon with a Jenga block. I’m ok.
Today, everywhere you look, it’s all Lidstrom.
Green Bay Mike, our Russian A2Y Correspondent, checked in late last night and brings us the latest from Igor Larin. I’ll leave it to George Malik to comment on the accuracy of Larin’s reporting in the past. For now, Daddy Feds seems to thinks a return to Detroit is in everyone’s best interests. And, in true Viktorian fashion, he’s got plenty to say about the Wings in general.
Believe me, if Detroit doesn’t improve in “the hockey thought” and athleticism, it will fail in play-offs again.
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