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Helene St. James sums up the lockout’s effects upon the Red Wings and their fans

The Free Press's Helene St. James is a fantastic writer and journalist, but she's captured more in a picture than words could ever say with a picture that summarizes exactly what this lockout means to the Red Wings and their fans:

 

Update: Quite frankly, it's almost equally heartbreaking to hear Justin Abdelkader gush about Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch, the management and coaches and the opportunity he's been given to play for the Red Wings for four more years, via the Wings' website:

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joedaiceman's avatar

Abdelkader should gush about RW management and ownsership. They are what make hockey possible. No ownership, no hockey. No Sidney Crosby or Ovie or Z - still plenty of hockey.

Posted by joedaiceman on 09/14/12 at 02:11 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Wings’ owners and management are wonderful and treat their players fantastically well. I like them very much and am grateful they are so loyal to their players. But it also really sucks that even the Wings’ owners are willing to lock their players out for the sake of a league-wide cash grab.

If you don’t have the stage, you don’t have a concert, but if you don’t have the band, you don’t have music.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/14/12 at 02:34 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

No Sidney Crosby or Ovie or Z

Funny. All of those guys seemed pretty good at hockey before they made it to the NHL.  I’m pretty sure they all still would have at least existed without NHL ownership.

The funny thing is that there seems to be an assumption that with this ownership around, they could just grab other players and things would be hunky-dory without the alternate argument that without guys like Ed Snider, there’d still be a professional hockey league around for guys like Sid, Ovi, and Z to play in.

Yes, there needs to be ownership to build the arenas and provide all of the logistical support that fans pay for and players use to provide the actual product the fans are paying for.  I’m just saying that, of the two groups the league apparently can’t live without right now, the owners are the ones I’d prefer to replace with lesser-qualified guys than the players. (not by much, mind you).

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/14/12 at 03:00 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

If only Illitch and Holland had their fare share of time to discuss the lockout and their true feelings, uncensored, then I think people would understand where they are coming from.  Until then, we’ll just listen to the players side as they give the same tired lines to the reporters.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/14/12 at 03:53 PM ET

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Until then, we’ll just listen to the players side as they give the same tired lines to the reporters.

Yeah, all those tired arguments about them holding up their side of the contracts while the owners decide that for no good reason at all the entire PA needs to take pay cuts.

Posted by Garth on 09/14/12 at 08:16 PM ET

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