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Update at 1538 EST:  Holy. Hell.  Kyle Quincey is an even bigger biotch than we originally thought.  Wow.  Denver is the perfect place for him.


“His agent (Pat Morris) has brought it to my attention four or five times, so the fact that he’s disappointed is not a secret to me,” Holland said. “But we’ve won four Cups and a Black Ace has never received a ring. Our policy is you have to be with the club all year, or play a game in the finals. Jon Ericsson was a Black Ace in 2008, so was Jimmy Howard. They didn’t get rings either.

“At the end of the day, right or wrong, to get your name on the Cup and to get a ring is something incredibly special and in order to get it, you have to play as game in the finals, or be with the team all season. If we didn’t have some kind of cut off, we’d be giving out 1,000 rings.”

Four or five times?  Jesus dude.  Give it up.  And tonite? Take your frigging medicine.


Well.  Pavel Datsyuk’s sitting. Homer’s healthy. Zetterman’s “responding”.

And Kyle Quincey’s whining like a little Denver bitch after a fake balloon ride.

The Dive are 5-1. Wings are 3-3.  I’m sure the Dive bloggers are happy and confident…and that makes me sad.  The world is right when that group is feeling down. 

Man, I just spent twenty minutes looking at Denver blogs and feel dumber for it. I have nothing to offer you. Nothing.  They love the goalie, Anderson. They want the kid, Duchene, to get his first goal against the Wings.  A few of them are hyphenated men. A few more won’t be blogging until after yoga class.

As you’re aware, there are some injury issues the Wings are dealing with now.  Of most importance?  Franzen’s surgery was an alleged success.  Bruce MacLeod and the Diggers all gave us the releaseMalik found a bit more.

TO Globe/Mail

Most NHL players say they need almost a full year to put the lingering effects of that sort of major operation behind them. A best-case scenario would see Franzen return to play the Red Wings’ lineup just after February’s 2010 Winter Olympic break.

Actually, the best-case scenario would be a sentence that goes something like this around the middle of April…

“Ken Holland’s trade deadline move?  It came in mid-February when Johan Franzen returned to the lineup.  The big horse of a forward has been scoring goals with playoff-like frequency.  He’s an amazing specimen.”

Dana Wakiji at the News has a few ditties this morning.  Datsyuk felt better yesterday than he did on Thursday.  The MRI didn’t reveal anything.  He’s happy, practicing, shooting, skating. All the fun stuff. Except, you know, playing in a frigging game.

It was a relief for Datsyuk to see the Red Wings beat the Kings, 5-2, on Thursday, but he was sorry about one thing.

“Our team played well, they scored five goals,” he said. “And I’m happy Nick (Lidstrom) (got) 1,000 points. I’m not happy I’m not in the pictures, but I’m happy he made 1,000 points.”

So, did Datsyuk’s absence contribute to Hank Zetterberg’s decent night?  Is this a Fedorov/Yzerman situation where 91 always seemed to play better when The Captain was out of the lineup?  I never bought into that and I’m definitely not buying into any similar talk about Datsyuk and Zetterman. 

And, no, I don’t think Uncle Mike’s public pep talk had a damn thing to do with the anti-Rosby playing better Thursday.  Zetterberg doesn’t think the groin has had much to do with his “slump” either.

“I don’t want to blame that,” Zetterberg said. “I should be good enough in shape that it wouldn’t matter. I think the first two in Sweden were a little tough, but after that I think I’ve been feeling pretty good.”

Tomas Holmstrom appears to be healthy. I know that because all the Diggers are telling me so.  He’s also scoring.  I know that because most of his goals have occurred before I passed out.  He’s also on the fourth line, where he belongs. Where he’s belonged for a while.  We talk about the Flying Circus line but when we do we’re really referring to Datsyuk and Zetterberg.  Whoever plays with them should score.  Hear that Unibomber? Should.

Homer though?  He’s not quick enough and typically not healthy enough to take full advantage of it.  So now he’s down with Maltby, Draper, Eaves, May, Home Keys or whoever’s getting 4th line minutes.  And I can dig that.  Throw him out there with the first PP, but keep him down where a mucker belongs the rest of the time.

Seen this yet?  Kyle Quincey, according to the always reliable Adrian Dater, is using a unique “snub” for motivation.

“It bothers me a little that I didn’t get a ring. That’s kind of a gray area, and they decided not to give us one. That’s their decision,” Quincey said.

Part of me?  Part of me understands that…kinda.  But most of me says Quincey should STFU.  All of me is a little embarrassed that he actually talked about it out loud.  Dude, you played….6 games.  6 regular season games.  You registered zero points and 4 penalty minutes. 

Quincey seems to believe the Wings owe him an ‘08 ring based on his participation in the ‘06-‘07 playoffs, and we don’t deny he was good.  Schneider and Kronwall went down and the kid played well.  But he was a non-factor the next season.  Those are the facts bitch.  No ring for you, and no ring is deserved.

“It just drives me more and more to have an opportunity to get one with this team.”

I’m sure that’s going to happen real soon Kyle. Real soon.

Finally, people are surprised at Denver’s quick start.  Some people, anyway. Want to know who isn’t surprised? 

Stan Fischler.

Hockey News picked them to finish 14th out of 15 teams in the Western Conference and Sports Illustrated picked them 29th out of 30 overall. Ha!

Not fond of exclamation points, especially when men use them.  It just…bothers me. So when I saw that this morning, it made wonder if Stan’s been behind the Dive all along.  I’m sure he’s looked at them for some time now and predicted a resurgence this year.  That way, when they jumped out to that startling 5-1 start he could pull out the “Ha!” and start tossing it around. 


14 April 2009, Fischler.

By the way, if Patrick Roy is thinking about taking the coaching job—still Tony Granato’s—in Colorado, he ought to think thrice. The Avs are going to be an awful team for a long time.

The Gore’s a tricky place bitch.  A tricky place.





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