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What Happens If Mike Babcock Says No?

Most of us are aware Ken Holland will be talking to Mike Babcock about a contract extension once the Wings arrive in Traverse City for training camp.

Babcock has one year left on his contract and will be considered a "lame-duck" coach if he enters the season without an extension.

Babcock has stated he will not discuss an extension once the regular season starts which means Holland will have about a two week window to sign him.

If an agreement cannot be reached, I feel it leaves the Wings with some unanswered questions.

How will the players feel about playing for a coach on his final year of a contract?

How will ownership feel about having a coach who may be on his last leg in Detroit?

Will the Wings even think about discussing a new contract with him after the season?

Does the organization say, well, you don't want to coach here, leave now?

It could get nasty, it could be status quo or it could be a "we will deal with it when the time comes" thing.

Your feelings ahd I hope your summer is going well.

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Absolute Failure

Anibal Sanchez and Victor Martinez had no problem with it. Neither did Torii Hunter or Joe Nathan. Golden Tate came here within hours of free agency opening. Those guys came from renowned land fills in Anaheim, Seattle, Miami and Dallas.

They don't mind the "blight", the rundown downtown, the decaying suburbs. Somehow, and money cures all those ills--I know, somehow they've been able to overlook the easy answer: that Detroit isn't a geographical or financial location of choice.

The Lions get 'em. The Tigers do. I have no idea if the Pistons do, or not.

Something is downright rotten in the Wings organization and the stench is keeping quality hockey players away.

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Tick Tock: After 85 minutes, “We Like Our Team”

Hi. Good morning. I think this is going really well. You?

Jim Nill's having a nice day. He used to work for the Wings.

Steve Yzerman's having a good week. He used to be a Wing.

Pittsburgh's having a decent day. We don't like them much.

And Kenny?

Jack Squat.

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Hey Wake Up

I know the 19 have better things to do during the off-season, but if you can put down your beverage for a minute, I have one question for you.

What UFA do want want to see in the winged-wheel next season?

No trade involved, just strictly one signing or do you feel the Wings should stay the course and let it play out during training camp.

But if you do think they should make a trade, go ahead and make the offer.

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Do You Want Mike Green?

With new management in place, the Washington Capitals may want to strengthen their defensive play and may think about moving Mike Green.

He will be on his final year of a contract with a cap hit of just over $6M.

If he is available, would he be a fit for the Wings?

He does shoot from the right side, would be a great PP addition but his defensive side is at times a liability.

If you say yes, what would you give up for Green?

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Do You Want Dan Boyle?

Dan Boyle will not be returning to the San Jose Sharks next season.

Report is the Sharks offered discussed with him a one year deal but Boyle is looking for at least two years.

He is 37 years old, shoots right and made almost $6.7K last year.

If you do want to sign him, what would you pay him for the two years?

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Do You Want Phaneuf?

As George Malik pointed out this morning, the names of Jason Spezza and Dion Phaneuf have popped up in the trade rumor talk.

Let's forget about Spezza and concentrate on Phaneuf.

Even though the reports state the Leafs would like to move him out of conference, would you have an interest in Phaneuf wearing the winged-wheel?

If so, what do you give up?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Both Phaneuf and Spezza are on deals worth $49 million US over seven years. The difference: While 2014-15 is the final season of Spezza’s contract, it is the first year for Phaneuf, whose extension was announced while the Leafs were in Michigan prepping for the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at the Big House against the Red Wings....

In terms of Phaneuf, any intrigued teams would be saddled with a long-term contract that runs into the next decade.

Having said that, it should not come as a surprise that the Leafs would be kicking tires around the league to gauge potential interest in the veteran defenceman. Indeed, MLSE president Tim Leiweke, who last month brought in Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan to serve as team president, is not a patient man.

“No one is untradeable,” Leiweke said during a recent radio interview, adding that Shanahan and GM Dave Nonis have the final say on roster decisions.

Having fielded calls on Phaneuf during the season, the Leafs feel there is a market for the captain, making the possibiliy of a deal far moe realistic.

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The Church Bell Chimed Til It Rang 93 Times

It's rough. Probably too rough to feed you.  

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Current Events

A few ditties to start your day...

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Franzen’s Inevitable Exit

Paul just posted this, and unless you've read our Deep Diggers for years you have no idea just how unique it is.

It's a very rare situation, a Wing beat writer actually criticizing a player. It just doesn't happen. It's not allowed.

Unless, of course, it is.  By Mike Babcock, or by Ken Holland.

And in the case of Johan Franzen? It's batteries release.  The Wings are obviously dissatisfied with his play, as we all are.  The media has been highly butt-hurt with his refusal to speak with them over the years.  But they've never mentioned just how irritating they found it until today.

...but talking to reporters through times good and bad is a reflection on a player, and it reflects as poorly on Franzen as does another silent spring.

Read St. James' article and understand how much of a deviation it is from the Deep Digger MO.

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