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JFH On The Verge And We’ve Got Business To Tend To

One more day in sunny Rhode Island and then some semblance of regular posting will continue.  Tonite? 

Trouble's brewing, brother.  More on that in a quick minute.

James Tiberius Howard is close (and it's probably a done deal by now) to a six-year contract extension.  Ok, Kenny.  We trust you.  Really...and that's despite recent troubles.

But I'm curious.

Jimmy Howard's staying.  He loves Detroit.  He could have gotten equal money in lots of other places.  But he loves Detroit.   You know who else finds Detroit to be ok?  Reggie Bush.  Prince Fielder. Torii Hunter. Anibal Sanchez.  Yes, all signed for big bucks. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, that new safety.  Big name players who could write their own tickets in warmer spots, in cities with better reputations.  It's just strange.

Briefly, I'm not buying the "Detroit isn't a nice place to live and play" argument now anymore than I ever have.  Good players in other sports are coming here because they feel the teams they join offer good chances to win.

All that stuff needs to be tabled now, until this summer most likely.  For now, the Wings hang barely on to 8th.  A disgusting place, really, when you consider that Chicago awaits unless Detroit wins a lot and moves up quickly.  Disgusting because this team is not getting by Chicago in the first round.  The second round? If the Wings get there, have some confidence, a playoff series victory under their belt? Maybe.  But not in the first round. No way.

Tonite's a biggie. Tomorrow.  The seven after that.  Every game is a must-win, because you know they're not winning them all.  Make sense?

It's a Live Blog, bitches.

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calquake's avatar

She had that Camarillo Brillo…..

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 08:04 PM ET

A sane person would think that rhymes.  However they pronounce it Cama- rio.  And yet we don’t say Arma-dio, go figure.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:07 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

(with credit to CaptainDennisPolonich)
Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 08:06 PM ET

No credit to me. I have no idea how to make a .gif and no idea where I got that. It was my first avatar here on A2Y

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 08:08 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Stony, nice job putting on the Yzerman jersey.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 08:08 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Aw c’mon Mickey. Torres is not gonna win the Nobel Peace prize anytime soon. Back it off a notch

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 08:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 08:06 PM ET

Excellent Stonehands- - quite the opposite of the Wings play.

Good grief - - DET are so fuched. 

I hear Jim Mora somewhere

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:09 PM ET

BC's avatar

Cattle prod up the ass needed between periods.  220V

Posted by BC on 04/11/13 at 08:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I just wanna punch Kronner in the face tonight.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:10 PM ET

calquake's avatar

“What a mess…”  You ain’t kiddin’ Mickey

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:10 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Cattle prod up the ass needed between periods.  220V
Posted by BC on 04/11/13 at 08:10 PM ET

Or at least the curling iron in the ice bucket

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 08:10 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

pucker up

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 08:10 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Cattle prod up the ass needed between periods.  220V

Keep your hobbies to yourself sir. cheese

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:11 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

However they pronounce it Cama- rio. 

Nonsense.  Frank clearly sings it rillo.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 08:11 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Wow, shots are 11-5 SJ.  Terrible.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 08:11 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Franzen is fuching worthless

Hell - I guess you could say the same for 1/2 the damn team

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:12 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Cattle prod up the ass needed between periods.  220V
Keep your hobbies to yourself sir.
Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:11 PM ET

Don’t ask, don’t tell?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 08:12 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Adios amigos. off to commute

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 08:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, Butckets.  i’d love an offsides when we’re trying to get a rush up ice.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:13 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Wow, shots are 11-5 SJ.  Terrible.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 08:11 PM ET

And at least 7 of those 11 shots are grade A scoring chances

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:13 PM ET

dougie's avatar

IA sane person would think that rhymes.  However they pronounce it Cama- rio.  And yet we don’t say Arma-dio, go figure.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:07 PM ET

I dunno aboot all that, whenever someone mentions Camarillo, I think of the Zappa sonf lyric, which is the ONLY GODDAMN THING THAT MADE ME SMILE during the first period.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 08:13 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

They need to find their legs… or anyone’s legs, really.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:13 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Or at least the curling iron in the ice bucket

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/11/13 at 08:10 PM ET

this?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 08:13 PM ET

calquake's avatar

which is the ONLY GODDAMN THING THAT MADE ME SMILE during the first period.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 08:13 PM ET

Pathetic isn’t it.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:14 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Just rechecked the Yellowcard Tour website and the info that was there Sunday night is gone.  It said you were playing at Rock City Studios in Camarillo.  Either it (the info) was taken down or those mushrooms I bought were much better than I thought.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:02 PM ET

I’m gonna go with the mushrooms answer.


Let me rephrase that, we look fuching AWFUL.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 08:14 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

I miss murph ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 08:15 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

let’s face it.  the Wings just aren’t any good.  let’s review the period…

- can’t pass
- shooting wide
- blocked shots
- can’t win puck battles
- can’t cover 1-on-1
- poor positioning
- can’t clear the zone
- getting caught with 4 of their 5 players in a small part of the ice
- poor decisions with the puck

I mean, when there’s NO pressure on your D in your own zone, and the only thing the Wing can do is flip it high in the air to center ice…there is something very, very wrong.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:16 PM ET

dougie's avatar

I miss murph ...

Indeed. Glasses and all

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 08:17 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

You know, I was all for playing Kindl earlier in the season, but he has looked… um… I don’t even have a word for how bad he’s looked lately.

Smith isn’t doing much better.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:18 PM ET

calquake's avatar

I’m gonna go with the mushrooms answer.

You know me so well… have we met?  Or is that just another one of my hallucinations.  Man, I have got to quit mainlining during the LB. cheese

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:18 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

oh and I forgot…

- not skating, just standing around
- watching and chasing
- not engaging defensively

there’s probably more, sadly.  if this is the system, the coaches all need to be fired.  if this isn’t the system the coaches are telling the players to play, then the coaches all need to be fired - you can’t fire all the players, and if they’ve tuned out the coaches what else can you do but get new coaches?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:19 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

and I don’t want to hear “they had 3 days off and need to find their legs” because all year the excuse has been too many games in a short period of time.  so, what, they can’t handle playing a lot of games, and they can’t handle having breaks?  so wtf CAN they handle?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:21 PM ET

calquake's avatar

there’s probably more, sadly.  if this is the system, the coaches all need to be fired.  if this isn’t the system the coaches are telling the players to play, then the coaches all need to be fired - you can’t fire all the players, and if they’ve tuned out the coaches what else can you do but get new coaches?

Fire Murph?

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:21 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I caught up to live so my first post of the night.  I’m sure it is not a unique comment.

Kronwall was somebody’s bitch on the SJ short handed goal.  Get down and block the crossing pass so your goalie has a little bit of a chance.

Is it my dreaming, or did we used to watch the Wings put wave after wave of scoring chance on every team, every night?  We are rarely getting close to shooting anymore.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 08:21 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Coronas.  apparently they can handle Coronas.  grand.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:21 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Get down and block the crossing pass so your goalie has a little bit of a chance.

he did get down, he was on one knee with his stick extended.  the Shark made a great pass just over Kronwall’s stick.  sometimes the other team just makes a better play.  unfortunately that’s all too common this season.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:22 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Pina coladas should be a banned substance on this team.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:23 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:19 PM ET

On top of poor play, you can probably count on one hand the number of Wings playing with any urgency at all.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:23 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

one thing I’m sick of, and this is definitely the coaches, is seeing the Wings actually abandon good rushes up ice so that they can dump the puck and change.  I mean, with so few good rushes to begin with, can’t they maybe dig a little deeper and stay out another 15 seconds to make something of some of the rushes?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:24 PM ET

calquake's avatar

On top of poor play, you can probably count on one hand the number of Wings playing with any urgency at all.

They’re not worried… the golf courses aren’t going anywhere.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:24 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

On top of poor play, you can probably count on one hand the number of Wings playing with any urgency at all.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 04/11/13 at 08:23 PM ET

That Del Taco guy seems to be doing pretty well.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:25 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

On top of poor play, you can probably count on one hand the number of Wings playing with any urgency at all.

I remember one instance where the Wings left dman had the puck at the left dot, looking for somewhere to go with it, and two Wings were literally standing 10 feet away.  STANDING.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:25 PM ET

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