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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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scotts0's avatar

Game over.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 04/01/12 at 06:42 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Fuchin hoe-bag!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 06:42 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Lets not be content to spot them one - - how bout 2?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:42 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I can’t believe I’m gonna say this… but I miss Sammy.

At least that Fucher wouldn’t hesitate to shoot.

No telling where it would go.

No - -we don’t need no stinking lead

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 04:41 PM ET


That’s what I miss.  Although his errant shots used to drive me crazy, I miss having someone that would fuching shoot.

That was horrible call against FL.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:43 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Even up call.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/01/12 at 06:43 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

At least it wasn’t a(shut whore mouth) Bud Lynch goal.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 06:44 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

4 on 4.  Color me optimistic…..one less player on the ice to screwup.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/01/12 at 06:44 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Is the blade of Franzen’s stick made of granite?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:44 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Rumbear what did that look like in HD?  To me it looked like Jimmy missed it.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/01/12 at 06:45 PM ET

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Step 1 was too difficult for RW.

OK, new Step 1. Do not let you opposition to score again.

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 06:45 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

With Sammy it was a much more positive time. the glass was always half broken.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:45 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

DET have no sense of urgency - - again

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:45 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It doesn’t even look like TPH.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 06:45 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Wow….was that Chelios in a wig?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/01/12 at 06:46 PM ET

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Is the blade of Franzen’s stick made of granite?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 04:44 PM ET

Whatever material it is that repels the puck.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 06:46 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Is the blade of Franzen’s stick made of granite?

Puck repellent

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:47 PM ET

yzer19man's avatar

Great effort boys, looks like they are mailing it in again today. wake me up when this is over

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 04/01/12 at 06:47 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

DET have no sense of urgency - - again

Okay, I lied about having zero expectations.  I actually DID expect this part.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:48 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

How many times is a puck going to go right by Emmerton, to an opponent, then right into the net?

Every game

Posted by SolidTG7 on 04/01/12 at 06:49 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

RW, looked like it went off his glove then behind and in to the far side of the net.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/01/12 at 06:49 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Great effort boys, looks like they are mailing it in again today. wake me up when this is over

Whatever you say Rip Van Winkle.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:50 PM ET

yzer19man's avatar

unable or unwilling to make the effort required to compete when home ice is on the line

Master Chief, looks like your evaluation is again proving itself true today. so sad

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 04/01/12 at 06:50 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

RW, looked like it went off his glove then behind and in to the far side of the net.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O da Hasek, redefining the term “liver damage” on 04/01/12 at 04:49 PM ET

Well, then it looked the same.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/01/12 at 06:52 PM ET

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Looks like they are playing for sixth.

Posted by utahgentile on 04/01/12 at 06:52 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

RW, looked like it went off his glove then behind and in to the far side of the net.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O da Hasek, redefining the term “liver damage” on 04/01/12 at 04:49 PM ET

Well, then it looked the same.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/01/12 at 06:54 PM ET

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Emmerton’s play lately is going to put him squarely in the press box once the playoffs start.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 06:57 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Yawn. Wake me up when the Red wings show up.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/01/12 at 06:58 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

In the spirit of this FacePalm Sunday, the Wings will Passover 4th and 5th positions.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/01/12 at 06:58 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Michael Ryder, good size, good skater, great shot, right-handed shot, good two-way player who goes to the net…

Signed as a free agent by Dallas this past summer for a very reasonable and cap-friendly $3.5mil. over three years, has 35 goals, and a +20 so far this season. 

Oh right, there were no quality free agents available who wouldn’t have completely mortgaged our future.  Glad we spent that money on Ericsson instead.  I’m sure Kenny kicked his tires though.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:59 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Yawn. Wake me up when the Red wings show up.

Damn, you lazy bastards are looking at some serious hibernation times.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 07:00 PM ET

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Was this month of March the worst ever? Does anyone have any stat on that?

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

Trish's avatar

6 giveaways by DET.  Just wonnerful.

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 04/01/12 at 07:03 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 07:03 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Here we go again…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 07:04 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

Afternoon ladies and gents.

Not liking what Quincey’s done thus far in this game. He had a bad missed hold in with around 3 minutes left, and his penalty was freaking idiotic. Mickey missed the part where he just stupidly shoved Kopecky down to the ice with the puck nowhere in sight, retaliating about something.

I didn’t like Howard either on the goal. It looked to me like he was trying to make a quick play, like catch the puck and immediately throw it to a teammate. Just block the puck Jimmah, don’t get fancy like the blowhards in front of you.

LGRW

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/01/12 at 07:04 PM ET

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Great effort boys, looks like they are mailing it in again today. wake me up when this is over

Getting through the low cycle can literally take decades (see Islanders). Ironically, cap salary and parity may help shorten this.

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 07:05 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 05:03 PM ET

This should be the Wings fan motto these days.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 04/01/12 at 07:05 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

Hey Wings. Remember how Florida worked the puck around so quickly to generate a one-timer in the slot that rang off the post? Do that, except replace post with twine.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/01/12 at 07:06 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

It looked to me like he was trying to make a quick play, like catch the puck and immediately throw it to a teammate.

I think that’s called “flailing.” Tends to happen when your team leaves you hanging.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 07:06 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Even Magically Delicious is - - - well not so much

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 07:06 PM ET

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