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Amidst hubbub surrounding Wings’ playoff streak, Chris Ilitch drops hint regarding follow-on rink

With under an hour to go before tonight's game between the Red Wings and Kings, with Dustin Brown out of LA's lineup, as Paul noted, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika thoughtfully considering the legacy of the endangered 21-year-old playoff streak...

The AP's Larry Lage may have had to elbow his way to his laptop given the number of scribes in attendance for tonight's game at Joe Louis Arena, but he did so in order to drop a heavy hint that the Wings' long-term future does not involve their current rink:

The Detroit Red Wings will play in a new arena some season in the future. It's not if, but when and yet Chris Ilitch doesn't know or want to say much about it.

"Everybody is working hard and there's positive progress," the president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings told The Associated Press after Thursday's Detroit Economic Club meeting.

What's next in the process?

"It's tough to say," he said. "I'd prefer not to make any predictions and just keep working away and continue to do our due diligence and see what we can put together."

I'm going to raise an eyebrow regarding Lage's note that the $12.8 million in yearly tax subsidies the Wings were awarded by the Downtown Development Authority as it was my understanding that the money came from "general fund" dollars, not tax money that was tabbed for education, but that bone of contention remains an, "It depends on how you read the legislation" wrinkle.

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Of course, the dopes who piled on my comments regarding the amount of public funding the Wings would end up getting for a freaking sports rink in a town that can’t pay its public employees will likely not be around to admit that, oh my gosh, when pretty much every other sports arena is floated on a pretty large raft of public dollars it stands to reason a hockey rink in Detroit would be, too.

That was just crazy talk, me suggesting that something which happens 9-9.9 times out of 10 would happen again.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 04/24/13 at 06:31 PM ET

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It’s the way of the world. It’s the way of the city. We don’t have to like it, but the schools have gone without books or heat and the lampposts in residential areas of the city have remained dark for the sake of the City Council and Wayne County earning their bucks off of construction and facilities management contracts since before the Coleman Young era.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/24/13 at 07:22 PM ET

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I’m willing to bet the new stadium experiences losses of hot water in the visitor’s locker room along with a broken thermostat and needs a yearly painting before the playoffs…

Posted by d ca on 04/25/13 at 12:26 AM ET

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Of course, the dopes who piled on my comments regarding the amount of public funding the Wings would end up getting for a freaking sports rink in a town that can’t pay its public employees will likely not be around to admit that, oh my gosh, when pretty much every other sports arena is floated on a pretty large raft of public dollars it stands to reason a hockey rink in Detroit would be, too.
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Posted by HockeyinHD on 04/24/13 at 07:31 PM ET

Longest. Sentence. Ever.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/25/13 at 07:05 AM ET

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