Abel to Yzerman
So I'm still optimistic. The trades could still be filtering in to the league office. Kenny kicked a lot of tires and we all know you don't just kick for the sake of it. That would be...
DET are at the 3/4 pole, and with 12 games left in the season the 18-13-5 Wings are 7th in the WC. The good news is DET are only 3 pts behind 4th place VAN, the bad news is that DET are only 3 pts ahead of 10th place NSH.
The schedule makers must really love the Wings. In the final three weeks of the season, DET play 5 at home and 7 road contests, three back-to-backs (counting PHX/COL), and have a 4 game road trip. Special, isn't it?
Hard times, bitches; hard times.
I've been forwarded to Rhode Island for the next two weeks. That means I'll be a little scarce. I'll be checking in from time to time to read HockeyinDB's daily life lessons, but thumbing the phone gets old.
If our man on the scene, Tick Tock, goes all nutso and actually trades someone for someone else? I'll probably write about it or something. If no deals, I'll be "studying".
The worst team in hockey is visiting the Joe and this is a live blog, bitches.
What do you say after DET are taken to the woodshed by the 'Hawks (again), on national TV, and when the organiziation is celebrating #9's birthday?
Well, we know what Ken Holldand would say: "I'm OK where we're at." Ridiculous, i'm glad at least somebody is.
The'Dive (worst in the West) are in town tonight, wonder if they are in a mood to pile-on?
This is classic Holland. He should patent this line.
"I'm OK where we're at," Holland said.
He said that to Helene St. James some time in the last 30 hours, via text, Facebook message or in person over Tabs. I just don't know. But, remember, it's not just Holland making the big decisions that a real-life GM is, you know, paid to make. Oh no. Don't forget. There's a committee to take the fall should the Wings do, I don't know...absolutely nothing at the deadline.
...like always, general manager Ken Holland will work the phones. He'll have his front-office staff assembled at Joe Louis Arena, ready to run any potential moves by trusted associates.
Yesterday was the Danny Dekeyser love fest (don't trunaround - one of the other 19 made that pithy comment), today the league leaging 'Hawks are in town for an Eddie Icepatch matinee.
Detroyet have dropped to 7th in the POS, 3 pts better than STL. Mule and Willam Tell are supposed to play today - I guess that is a good bit of news.
Gordie is 85 today, Happy Birthday Mr. Hockey. Happy Easter.
Jeff here pinch-hitting, Chief is tending to other matters.
Detroyet have pulled off the improbable, taking 3 straight on the road; and then took a play-day in the sun on the rookies dime. SJS played last night, this is their 3rd tilt in four nights.
Paging Admiral Ackbar, its a live blog with the bitches.
DET are riding a 37 Corona and a 3 game road-winning streak into San Jose to finish a 4 game west coast swing. The Wings are, improbably sitting 5 in the WC today; thanks in no small part to the their strong defensive play, including one Jimmy-freaking-Howard.
SJS are playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, but are coming off a home-and-home sweep of the Ducks.
My mother told me, before she passed away, that son when I'm gone don't forget to pray; because there'll be hard times.
#9 celebrates his 85th Birthday on Sunday. The Wings, and a bunch of players from around the league, wish him a happy birthday - very cool for one very cool Mr. Hockey.
All I know is this: one year ago, two years ago, three years ago? Detroit featured three of the best five players in the world. Some seasoning may have meant Cup #12. Some aggression at the deadline could have landed a piece like Iginla (I said "like") and we never would have heard of, for instance, Tatar or Nyquist again. But at least the effort would have been there.
Ken Holland holds on to the Nicastros and the Teletubbies and the Youtube sensations, the junior World Cup superstars...while Ray Shero is dealing in real talent, for real Cups.
Was Detroit even a remote destination for Jarome Iginla? Nope. But I'll bet we kicked Feaster's tire, though...right? One little kick? A little swipe and then move over for Ray, boy.
Tick Tock. Talent to waste, years to wave goodbye to Kenny. Russia's calling Pavel home.
Well, it's not like Mike Ilitch flying to a farm in Walnut Grove, but it's an effort.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Detroit Red Wings are making their final pitch this week to prized free-agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland traveled from Phoenix to Toronto to meet with the representatives of the former Western Michigan University star.
DeKeyser is expected to weigh numerous offers and make his decision by Friday.
More from Khan(!) here.
More from me here: if Holland doesn't land this kid, a Wing fan from Michigan? Nothing short of failure. Graham Hathaway agrees.
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