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Wings Are In Sell Mode

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I'm open for business over the next year or two," Holland said. "I've been talking to lots of teams. I'm open to talking about lots of things, but the reality of it is most of it doesn't happen.

"But over the next year or two, we need to acquire more futures and we need those futures to get better. Lots of young kids over the next year or two are going to work their way into Grand Rapids. We got to continue to keep trying to funnel them from the draft table through Grand Rapids on to the Detroit Red Wings."...

"There's more teams that are selling," he said. "The standings are so close there's some teams that aren't sure what they are going to do. There's not enough teams that are guaranteed a playoff spot. Those teams that look at the standings and say, 'We're in the playoffs,' can spend assets because they know those assets are going to help their team and they're going to be in a playoff spot.

"There's lots of teams that I like to call on the bubble. And nobody wants to pay significant assets and all of a sudden you wake up and you don't make the playoffs. At the end of the day, it is between now and Monday. If not, I'm going to reassess and get to the draft. And then if it's not this time period, if it's not the time period at the draft, then the reality is it's probably a year from now."


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Detroit Will Have Roster Decisions To Make

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Henrik Zetterberg On What It Means Tying Ted Lindsay In Career Goals

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Henrik Zetterberg is proud to have his name alongside Ted Lindsay's on the Detroit Red Wings' career goal-scoring list.

Zetterberg appreciates all that Lindsay has done, not only as a Hall-of-Famer, but for future generations of players by spearheading efforts to create a union in the 1960s.

Zetterberg scored the deciding goal in the Red Wings' 3-1 victory Saturday over the Carolina Hurricanes at Little Caesars Arena.

It was his 335th goal, tying him for fifth place with Lindsay on the franchise's all-time list.

"It's a number that I've been looking at for a while and it's special to have with him," Zetterberg said. "He meant a lot for a lot of players, not just for this team but what he did with the PA and all that. We wouldn't be in this spot where we are now if it wasn't for him."


Game hightlights and Zetterberg post-game can be watched below...

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His Dreams Have Been Accomplished

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Recap Of Detroit/Carolina Game

Sorry for the lack of any kind of recap, but that is what the trade deadline period does to me.

Around 5pm ET on Monday I can take a refreshing Nestea plunge (with a bottle of Crown), until then, energy wasted and conserved.

Wings win 3-1.

Goals and Detroit team stats are below...

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Tossing You A Softball Tonight

Your last minute replacement here.

The other guy happens to live in a state where you can play softball in February.

So we move on with the Canes in town. Although I don't think we will see Peter Karmanos Jr. screaming from the seats tonight.

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Youngsters Who May Be Headed To Detroit

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers a few questions.

One question basically asks who will the Wings call up from Grand Rapids.

Teams are only allowed four call-ups once past the trade deadline (until the end of the regular season) barring an emergency situation. I know they’d like to get a look at defenseman Filip Hronek because of how well he has played in Grand Rapids, where he’s running one of the power plays. Entering Saturday, he led Griffins defensemen with 28 points in 46 games, which also put him second in the AHL among rookie defensemen. Hronek stems from the Pavel Datsyuk contract trade, as part of the deal saw the Wings acquire Arizona’s second round pick (53rd overall) in the 2016 draft.

Defenseman Joe Hicketts is another candidate — he impressed with his energy when he played in the Jan. 22 game at New Jersey. I’m hearing good things about forward Evgeny Svechnikov after a rough first half — he’s playing with some swagger again, as demonstrated Thursday when he had two primary assists. Something to consider, though, is the Griffins are fighting to make the playoffs, and with the Wings headed for another miss, it’d behoove the organization to see the Griffins make the playoffs as it offers tremendous experience for players. 

more Q & A...

added 2:32pm, if interested, the game day preview is below...

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No Morning Skate, No Mike Green Tonight


Carry on.

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Videos- Post-Practice Talk

Jeff Blashill and Anthony Mantha spoke with the media after today's practice.

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The Wings Are Practicing Today

Dana Wakiji tweets.

Green back in practice today at BELFOR Training Center.

Mantha wearing the full face shield.

While #RedWings Zetterberg and Green are practicing, Abdelkader and Tatar are not.

added 12:46pm, Wakiji...

Mantha May have a facia fracture, going for second opinion, but will be able to play with the full face shield.

added 12:50pm, Okay, you may get a laugh out of this one...

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