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Current Roster? Uncle Mike Likes It

Have you been wondering today, for several consecutive hours, what The Literate One thinks of all this trade talk?  I know you have.  And I’m here for you.  He’s not liking it.  What he does, apparently, like is the team as-is.

Shawn P. Roarke

“Bert was a great addition to our team, but he’s gone two months later. That’s a pretty expensive deal. I think it makes it hard.”

Babcock also joked that he would remind Holland of the Matthias deal every day until the Feb. 26 trade deadline – and the ensuing temptation to make another big deal – passes.

“I’m going to grind him for the next month every single day, as much as I can,” Babcock said, laughing.

 

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Kevin Allen on Fedorov, Other Potential Wing Moves

Kevin Allen, president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and columnist for USA Today, agreed to answer a few questions regarding the trade deadline and this whole Fedorov situation.  Our questions and his replies are below.

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Prodigal Return?

Updated at 0843 with Spector’s reaction.  You may be surprised.  See bottom of post.

Sergei Fedorov won’t be playing in Detroit tonite, much to the chagrin of the hundreds—if not thousands—of idiots who would actually pay for the opportunity to boo him.  Darren McCarty will be playing in Grand Rapids, and anyone with a brain and a designated driver will be there for that and the one dollar beers.

And those two guys may be where Ken Holland’s attention lies the next ten days.

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Webber, Malph and Cunningham On The Blue Line

By now you’ve heard that for “cautionary reasons”, Brian Rafalski’s sitting out tomorrow’s slump-ender with the BJs.  Naturally, that news has your family in a bit of a tailspin this evening.

Understandable.  But, I’d venture to tell you this line from former Deep Digger captain Ted Kulfan may have the kids running for cover.

So Quincey, Meech and Lebda on the back end tomorrow night.

Ya think Uncle Mike might be giving a little thought to how he can get Nick Lidstrom, oh, 35 minutes of ice time tomorrow?

 

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Far Flung Voices With Venom

You know what?  I think it’s time we took a little spin, a gander if you will.  A spin around the hockey world formerly known as the blogosphere.  Let’s make a few stops at some places we don’t typically take you to.

Ready?  Great.  And here’s a warning for all you elitists who get offended every time I pick on defenseless Dwayne Klessel, you might want to stop reading now.

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Holland: “We’re Not Opposed To Bringing Back Cory Cross”

Updated at 1835 (below) with severeal outright lies from Ken Holland.  Attaboy.  Oh come on.  Take a joke already.  Ken Holland didn’t say that in his giggles-for-all, four-way, no-holds-barred phoncon with the NHL media today.

But he might as well have.

The Globe and Mail

“At this time of year, you’re looking for experience,” said Holland. “Everybody would love to have a top-six forward or a No. 4 or 5 defenceman. Everything depends on price.”

 

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Muddled Offerings

Left work at approximately 1830 last night with the intent of settling in for a pleasing Wing victory over Bubba and the 13,000 faithful at The Gay.  Clearly I was disappointed, and not just in the game.

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Four Time’s a Charmful Of Suck

A couple things we can go ahead and list as facts:  if the Wings have any strong desire to keep their roster intact and maintain their “culture of winning”, losing four straight two weeks before the deadline probably isn’t the way to do it.

Oh, and your boy Jimmy looked good tonite, eh?

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Crazy Czech: Wings Need “One Timer On The Power Play”

Out of the mouths of the insane, only in this case our sociopathic goaltender sounds fairly reasonable.

‘‘We have lots of passers, lots of skilled players who can pass the puck, that’s why it wouldn’t hurt to get one player who can have one-timer on the power play, something like that,’’ Hasek said.

Not a bad article from Helene St. James appearing in tomorrow’s Free Press.  It’s becoming pretty clear to everyone that Ken Holland’s plan to stand pat (and we all know that’s what he intended if the lineup was intact) is falling by the way side pretty damn quickly.

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Another Big Night For 19

Steve Yzerman inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame tonite. Seems like a good time to point you to two exceptional Yzerman links.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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