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Detroit Related Notes From The ASG In Tampa

Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website is in Tampa for the All-Star Weekend and has a few Detroit related topics...

Gallant was a sixth-round pick, 107th overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

Gallant said he has lots of fond memories of being a Wing. "Being there 11 years. I loved it there, scoring my first goal, that was in my first game, was a memory I'll never forget," Gallant said. "A lot of good people, great organization, the Ilitch family was unbelievable to us. Kenny Holland, Jimmy Devellano, they all treated us real well. Obviously playing five-six years with my good friend Steve Yzerman on the same line. We had a lot of good memories there."...

"I think we have a lot to thank Nick (Lidstrom) and I've been watching him growing up and I think he's every part of why we have so many good defensemen in the league right now," Ekman-Larsson said.

Ekman-Larsson said Lidstrom and Forsberg were his favorite players growing up.

Ekman-Larsson talked about what impressed him most about Lidstrom.

"Just that he kept the game so simple and how he handled himself on and off the ice," Ekman-Larsson said. "That was pretty impressive."

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Uh oh. If Kenny reads this and sees how much Green loves the Red Wings country club he might offer an extension. $5.25M x 2 years sounds like a Kenny move. NTC of course in year 1. Sigh.

Posted by fatsavage on 01/27/18 at 03:52 PM ET

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Vanek said all the right things before the trading deadline too.
As to Green, I like him, I think he is important for the growth of the young players as he is the only one who can move the puck. If all we can get for him is a third rounder, I would not even bother trading him.  If two seconds, we have to trade, of course.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/27/18 at 05:52 PM ET

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Being there 11 years. I loved it there, scoring my first goal, that was in my first game, was a memory I’ll never forget,” Gallant said.

Last spring, Holland could have proven he wasn’t a complete disaster as a GM by firing Blashidiot and offering the job to Gallant. I’d be surprised if he wouldn’t have jumped at the chance.

Instead, Blashidiot is still here calling out young guys in the media while Gallant has taken a group of second- and third-tier players (with a couple of quality players) and turned them into the #2 team in the league.

More than anything else, that makes me hate Holland with an absolute passion.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/27/18 at 07:07 PM ET

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I was one of the people thinking Blashill would be the next great coach for the Red Wings. He did well in Grand Rapids and coached most of the young guys. I don’t mind if the Red Wings lose a lot, that is just the nature of the team they are right now, but I cannot stand to listen to either Blashill or Ken Holland. All you hear are catch words like “process” “elite” and wait for it…...“elite everyday players”. Not to forget “starting on time”.  I’m not a coach but I also question how he throws players under the bus in new conferences from time to time. I for one wish we could have seen how Gallant would coach the Red Wings. With so much success in Vegas, Gallant would never come to Detroit now.

Posted by Mackster from Eastern Canada on 01/28/18 at 01:51 PM ET

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I’m curious, what does everyone think Blashill should be saying durning interviews?

Team sucks.
Team is trying but just aren’t talented enough.
I’ve been hosed by the GM.
These guys all deserve participation trophies at the end of the season.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/28/18 at 01:55 PM ET

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Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/28/18 at 01:55 PM ET

Exactly.

When Bertuzzi got called out, he deserved it.

When Athanasiou got called out, he deserved it.

When Mantha got called out, he deserved it.

The thing is, young players have potential to learn from that tough love and it makes them better. See Mantha, Anthony and Athanasiou, Andreas. Sure, he could single out Helm, but what will that realistically do? He’s a known quantity. We know he sucks, Blash knows he sucks, doesn’t matter. You can beat that overpaid-overtermed horse as much as you can, but it will never change the fact that he’s Darren Helm. What it will do is sour his relationship with the team, which is kind of an issue when you consider he’s signed for about 3 more years.

The mess this team is in is ALL on Holland. He signed these albatross contracts, he continually beats against the salary cap by signing veteran journeymen, he refuses to accept that he has built and old, expensive, and bad team.

Blash can only play the hand that he’s dealt, and make the most of it. In this case, it’s getting some real development and improvement from the 3 young marquis players we have. Sure, Blash may not be as adept at obfuscating the flaws of a bad team, but you cannot deny the response he has gotten from the young players. Frankly, I’m glad he isn’t Mike Babcock, because instead of continuing to skid backwards and on fire into the playoffs to preserve the FO’s delusions on this team, we are being FORCED to make the tough decisions that will make us champions in the future.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 01/29/18 at 09:11 AM ET

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