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Ken Holland: Fooling Wing Fans Since 28 February

Oh, the laughs. The joke’s been on us since the deadline.  All that money to spend.  Glaring deficiencies to correct. Talent to be had.  Draft picks to deal.

And our big pickup sat up in the press box for the season’s biggest game to date.  That’s your review of Friday and of every day since Tick Tock Kenny Holland decided the Wings were good enough “as is”.

Injuries happen. They always have and we seem to get the worst of it.  That’s just our life as we know it.  And it’s acceptable when you consider the successes we’ve enjoyed over the years.  Officiating’s screwed us more than other teams and that’s also life when your team refuses to yield to the wishes of a shrew commissioner who feels his legacy lies with the likes of Rosby and Kane.

We’re looking at something more sinister right now though, and that’s a shitshow of the Wings’ own making.  Institutional malaise that starts with the GM has filtered to the coaching staff and seeped into a locker room that finds itself unable or unwilling to make the effort required to compete when home ice is on the line.  As we’ve said, and will always say, the talent is there and the Cup is theirs if they want it.  It really is.  It’s there for a team with the kind of heart Kris Draper had or Steve Yzerman had, or Brendan Shanahan.  Brent Gilchrist had that kind of heart. Remember? The Cup is right there for the team that’s willing to put in two months of the hardest kind of hockey work.

Four more games and we’ll see if everything we’ve suffered through since mid-February has been nothing but a farce.  A sick joke we can shake off when the “switch” is thrown in a couple weeks. 

It’s disgusting how bleak we’ve become since the home-ice streak ended like five years ago.  I can’t even remember the kind of arrogance we enjoyed back in December and January.  It can come back, but man it’s looking like a mirage right about now.

And so, Kenny, happy April Fool’s Day.  All that money to spend and the joke’s on us with four games left.

It’s a Live Blog bitches and you have my apologies for the tone.  Voox: line ‘em up and keep ‘em coming.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

A first round draft pick for a guy who appears to be dumber than a sack of hammers.  Kenny has lost his fastball.

         
              Posted by
              WestWing
             
              from Portland, Oregon on
              04/01/12 at 06:06 PM ET
         

Best way I’ve seen it put yet.  Past 3 summers combined, makes it look like this.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 08:08 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Miller with the shorty.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 08:09 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Miller’s been my fav Wing all year.. go figure he’s a michigan guy too, has a michigan attitude

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 08:10 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

KILLED!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/01/12 at 08:11 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

...and the crowd chants….Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/01/12 at 08:11 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

wait, that wasn’t an april fools was it IT?  You said Miller so it was believable.. you better not be lying.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 08:11 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Nice running of Jimmah and no fuching call.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:11 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

So does this mean the PK is fixed? it only took 79 games.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 08:11 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Dodged a huge fuching bullet there.

Babcock shouldn’t have too much trouble figuring out which extra “D” to sit.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:12 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

wait, that wasn’t an april fools was it IT?  You said Miller so it was believable.. you better not be lying.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 06:11 PM ET

Sorry man, I was making a prediction.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 08:13 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Babcock shouldn’t have too much trouble figuring out which extra “D” to sit.

Shannny may make that decision for him.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 08:13 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Lest we all forget, Babcock did coach the Ducks.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:14 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

So does this mean the PK is fixed? it only took 79 games.

Yeah, but you have to factor in that they practice agains the Red Wing PP.  There’s no way that could possibly prepare you for the speed and tenacity of an NHL power play.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 08:14 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

lol got that later on.

fuching A Wings.. WTF

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 08:15 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Babcock shouldn’t have too much trouble figuring out which extra “D” to sit.

Shannny may make that decision for him.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:13 PM ET

I’d be shocked if Q doesn’t get suspended.  I would say it’s suspension worthy.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 08:15 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Best shift of the game

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:17 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

These Panthers are a conglomeration of misfits that each, in their own way, has given the Wings fits in the past.  Hell, I did not even know Florida had another team in the NHL besides the Yzerman Lightning’s.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/01/12 at 08:19 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

two great shifts in a row.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:20 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Finally a good shift from the 4th line.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 08:20 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Best shift we’ve seen out of the fourth line in quite a while.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 08:20 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

and Moose cant find an open net

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:21 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Pav you cocky bastard.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/01/12 at 08:21 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Pasha makes me laugh hard at my belly.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 08:21 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Jeebus pav. How do you saucer pass OVER the net?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 08:21 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

magic

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 08:21 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

OMG!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/01/12 at 08:22 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Pavel, you crazy mutherfucher.  And that’s why I still watch.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 08:22 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

PAvel has a wickedly twisted mind

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:22 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Beautiful play. Magically Dangelicious! Bitches.


Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:22 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

ah man, what happened?  Pav score?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 08:22 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

WOW- what an awesome play-Pavel just incredible, MAGICAL indeed!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/01/12 at 08:22 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

ah man, what happened?  Pav score?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 06:22 PM ET

Saucer pass over the net into crease.  No goal, but an awesome attempt.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 08:24 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Mickey being demonstrative about the Red Wings lost testicles.  Maybe he needs to be behind the bench,

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/01/12 at 08:24 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

He’s about the only player I see utilize the OVER the net plays.. always wondered why more don’t.  Thanks IT

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 08:25 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Atta boy Bert!

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 08:25 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Love the Bert

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:25 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Let’s GO Red Wings !!!!!

Let’s GO Red Wings !!!!!

Let’s GO Red Wings !!!!!

Let’s GO Red Wings !!!!!

Let’s GO Red Wings !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/01/12 at 08:25 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Nice clean hit, Bert.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:26 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Moose is absolutely a detriment to the top line.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 08:26 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

have not been able to see or hear the game. power outage since noon eh? have i missed a good game or a poor game?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/01/12 at 08:26 PM ET

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