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McCarty Not Such A Long Shot?

George Malik pointed this out over at Snapshots.  Good story from Michael Zuidema at the Grand Rapids Press.

He still looks a step slow at times—even McCarty will acknowledge that his conditioning needs a little more work—but he’s always in the right spot on the ice. He rarely makes a dumb play and still possesses the soft hands that helped him score 126 career NHL goals.

Suddenly, McCarty looks like a pretty good late-season addition for the Red Wings, especially if the team doesn’t make a trade before the Feb. 26 deadline.

And if you haven’t seen McCarty’s hat trick from the other night, see below.  Long clip, with some truly offensive music, but you’ll see that the hands are definitely still there.

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Step Off The Train. Let’s Talk “Transplants”.

I’m not telling you to relinquish your window spots.  Oh no.  Keep the stub.  Leave your empty Tab can in the cup holder, your leather Fonzie jacket in the seat.  The Stress Train is packed and by no means am I endorsing an exodus.  We have every right to be fetal today, and every day through the playoffs.  You see…this streak will end, the world will right itself and the Wings will win consistently again.

But…the memory of this will always be right…there.  But, just for a few minutes, let’s focus on something else other than even strength ineptitude, overplaying Nick Lidstrom and still losing, the fact that our present best goalie has like 600 fewer wins than the other two.

We’ll get to all that later today.  Now?

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Rock Bottom?

Jimmy Howard’s starting.  Chris Osgood’s irritated.  Mike Babcock’s talking about playing Boggle in the basement.  Brian Rafalski’s hurt. Cleary can’t eat, talk or play. Kronwall..who the hell knows when he’s coming back?  Dominik Hasek sounds like he’s been visiting Ottawa.  The Wings have lost five in a row.  BJ fans (and aren’t we all?)...sorry, Columbus fans, are mouthing off in the comment section. 

The wheels have come off. 


Nope.  Because nothing stops a losing streak like Marty Turco.

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There’s Really Only One Solution

I was gonna hold off on this.  In fact, I wasn’t even going to put the Columbus fans through it because they’re probably tired of it and I like their bloggers.  But then I read something from the Post Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline and now I’m all fired up.  It’s the standard routine, taken right out of the Woody Paige book of babble.  Your team suck? That’s ok. There’s always….this.

What a city, Detroit. I can see the Detroit River from my hotel room. There’s concrete, chain link and police tape down there, too. What a view.

I like one of our views Aaron…the same view we’ve had the last several years: atop the Central.  Looking down, way down, at you. And, no, I’m not done.


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Fedorov:  “I spent my best years here.”

And he’s not ruling out a return, in case…you know…you were wondering.


“Obviously, like I said, most important thing, it’s out of my hands. If that kind of thing happened, that’s the route I’m going to take. Hopefully I’d be part of something that (has) been here before a few years back when we won here some Stanley Cups.”


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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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