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Ken Holland focuses efforts on finding a new back-up goaltender

Updated big time at 9:21 PM: It appears that the Red Wings may in fact bring back Chris Osgood as Wings GM Ken Holland tells the Associated Press’s Larry Lage that the team’s top priority this week involves either signing or trading for a back-up to Jimmy Howard—or standing pat:

“The market for goalies is pretty picked over,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re comfortable with Chris Osgood if we have to do it.”

Osgood has won three Stanley Cups, two as a No. 1 goalie, and 401 games, mostly with Detroit. But he played in only 11 games last season, recovering from sports hernia surgery in January. Holland might re-sign Osgood, bring back Ty Conklin, who won a career-high 25 games for the Red Wings during the 2008-09 season, or trade for someone to spell Jimmy Howard.

“I have gotten calls from teams, looking to trade a goaltender,” Holland said. “I need to do something and I probably will this week.”

The Wings definitely have limited options on the free agent market in terms of finding a back-up—Conklin, Marty Turco, Ray Emery

and Curtis McElhinney

(whoops, McElhinney signed with Phoenix today) are the best available options out there—so a trade might make sense (and if the Wings choose to move Jiri Hudler, that opens up a spot on the roster for the team to get a little bigger and/or faster)...

Regardless of whether the Wings’ moves in goal, this week Wings will also discuss whether the team’s willing to bring Kris Draper back, and at this point, it seems unlikely that the Wings will do so as they’ve got 14 forwards on the roster already:

Holland also has a decision to make about 40-year-old Kris Draper, another veteran Red Wing, after retaining depth up front by re-signing Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller. Draper could be left with a tough decision, signing a two-way contract that might leave him playing for Grand Rapids in the AHL at times, retiring or trying to land with another NHL team.

Draper stated that he’s simply not interested in playing for another team, nor is he interested in playing for Grand Rapids.

Lage also offers an assessment of the Wings’ free agent moves thus far, and takes note of the fact that Holland doesn’t seem done tweaking the roster after two consecutive second-round defeats to San Jose:

They agreed to terms with defenceman Ian White on a US$5.75-million, two-year contract Saturday, a day after opening NHL free agency by adding defenceman Mike Commodore. Detroit kept defenceman Jonathan Ericsson along with Eaves and Miller off the market by re-signing them last week and got great news in June when Nicklas Lidstrom decided to play for another season just before winning his seventh Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman.

“We like our team, but we’re ready to make another move or two—whether it’s a signing or a trade—to make our team better this summer,” Holland said.

Update: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness offers a bit of news regarding the Wings’ search for a back-up…

“There’s nothing new to report,” Holland told The Macomb Daily on Monday. “Obviously that’s our top priority over the next few days.”

There was one goalie taken off the market Monday when Phoenix signed Curtis McElhinney. After the first day of free agency came and went, Tomas Vokoun remained available and seemed like a viable option. On Saturday, Vokoun, 34, decided to sign a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals for $1.5 million.

The list of remaining quality backups is headed by Ty Conklin, Ray Emery and Marty Turco. A source told The Macomb Daily on Saturday that the Wings have been talking with Conklin.

As well as Osgood’s status…

“Osgood is interested in playing,” Holland said earlier in the week. “In goal we explored three or four guys. They all signed elsewhere and they all went for opportunity. They went where they went because they think there is opportunity to be a No. 1 or be a No. 1 in a year or two.”
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“We’ve got (Jimmy Howard) who’s in the prime of his career and we think he’s going to be a good goaltender in this league,” Holland said. “He was a better goaltender last season compared to the year before and he’s going to be better this year.”

Holland said he’ll talk to Osgood when he returns from a golf trip the team gave him for winning his 400th career game last season.

And he took note of a few comments made by Ian White when he joined the Wings on Saturday…

The Wings made White, who made just under $3 million last season with the Sharks, an offer on the first day of free agency and gave him a day to think about it. When Brian Rafalski retired White knew they would be seeking a player like him.

“Hopefully I’m a perfect fit for that spot,” White said. “It really fits my style of game. I’ve played against them for six years,” White continued. “It’s just a real special team to play against. It’s great to get an opportunity to play with those guys – the puck movement, the puck possession, so many talented players.’‘

And a few comments made by one Mike Babcock regarding one Jonathan Ericsson:

“We need him to take a bigger role on the team,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s been rewarded with a real good contract, which tells him how important he is.”

Ericsson is entering his fourth season in the league.

“We expect him to take the next step in his career,” Babcock said.

Via RedWingsFeed, USA Today’s Kevin Allen offers a slightly different take on the goaltending market…

There is almost no market for goalies, but Ray Emery, Marty Turco, Ty Conklin and others are still out there. Tomas Vokoun, a proven starter, settled for a one-year, $1.5 million deal from the Washington Capitals.

And RedWingsCentral’s Sarah Lindenau weighed in on the Wings’ free agent signings:

When the NHL free agency period opened at noon on Friday, the Red Wings hoped they would be able to shore up their defense. When players like Jame Wisniewski and Christian Ehrhoff signed long-term big ticket contracts, Detroit was left looking for cheaper options. Ken Holland and company would find them in Mike Commodore and Ian White whose combined salary cap hit is less than $4 million.

With a weak defensive market this off season, the Wings did not want to commit long-term to a player out of necessity. Instead, Holland and company wisely patched the holes left by the retiring Brian Rafalski and the departing Ruslan Salei. The additions of White and Commodore won’t dominate headlines this offseason, but they do stabilize a defense that was in need of a makeover. Additionally the additions still leave the Red Wings with plenty of options once they secure a back-up goaltender and also give them flexibility to be active in 2012/2013 when the free agent market is likely to be stronger.

Commodore and White are welcome additions, one or both may just serve as stop gap measures until a more attractive defensive upgrade is available or until top prospect Brendan Smith is ready for a full-time NHL job. The Wings now have the flexibility to explore trade options without the previous sense of urgency. The much improved defensive depth will allow them to wait on the right option even if one doesn’t present itself until the NHL trade deadline.

And regarding said blueline, per the Macomb Daily’s Pleiness:

After James Wisniewski signed a six-year deal worth $5.5 million a season, the Canton native turned around and took a shot at the Wings.

Wisniewski told NHL Live, “For me, knowing Detroit’s history they don’t really pay the market value for a defenseman or any player. So I didn’t think that was going to be a fit for myself.”

Wings general manager Ken Holland said he didn’t see the quote and then added, “I take that as a real compliment. That’s a tremendous compliment. For us to accomplish what we we’ve accomplished and we don’t pay market value that’s a compliment.”

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“We’re comfortable with Chris Osgood if we have to do it.”

Stop saying that, nobody believes that you honestly think that, because you absolutely shouldn’t think that.

Take your time and find the right fit, but dear God find someone, don’t let it be Ozzie.

Posted by Garth on 07/04/11 at 04:53 PM ET

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Draper stated that he’s simply not interested in playing for another team, nor is he interested in playing for Grand Rapids.

It’s unfortunate, but I think for all intents and purposes the decision was made when they managed to re-sign both Eaves and Miller.  There simply doesn’t seem to be any room for another bottom-six forward.

Posted by Garth on 07/04/11 at 04:57 PM ET

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and if the Wings choose to move Jiri Hudler, that opens up a spot on the roster for the team to get a little bigger and/or faster

Just say it George - - it give the team an opportunity to get better.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 07/04/11 at 04:58 PM ET

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I’d rather have Draper in the starting lineup than Miller, Emmerton, Mursak or Hudler

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 07/04/11 at 05:06 PM ET

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Happy 4th of July George.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 07/04/11 at 05:16 PM ET

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at least he’s finally said that his roster still needs to get better.. this we’re probably done with skaters thing was *#$%@&’ BS everytime he said it

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/04/11 at 05:26 PM ET

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Not a Wings fan, but I don’t see why Conks, or even Emery, who is eager to show his end-of-the-year stink with Anaheim wasn’t a fluke, wouldn’t be a good choice. I know Turcos has fallen off substantially the past couple of years, but he is capable of at least being a backup.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 07/04/11 at 05:28 PM ET

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As a longtime Detroit fan I am forever dismayed by the antipathy to Hudler by Red Wings nation. Certainly his season over all was disappointing compared to expectations of “70 points”, and he made some ill-timed mistakes in the end in the playoffs to cement the memory.  But statistics do not lie over a long season:  Hudler had 37 points in 73 games, which was nearly TOP QUARTILE for all forwards in the NHL last season (159th in scoring out of 588 forwards in the league last year).  And he was 196th out of 891 players in the league in 2010-11.  He had nearly identical stats to Tomas Holmstrom, taking less than half as many penalties and skating one minute less per game icetime, and a lot less with Detroit’s best scorers (while admittedly making $1 million more).

It is a shame that he left for the KHL which no doubt hurt him last year; but if you are a 25 year old kid growing up in poverty in the former Czechoslovakia, the big quick money would be hard to resist; how many of us would have said no to $5 million guaranteed after growing up in a 600 sq ft hovel?  It is actually to his credit that he matured as fast as he did and came back after 1 year….. he really learned what he had in Detroit.

Whatever we get for him in a trade will be less than what we give up.  And he has too much pride not to have a much better year upcoming, particularly if he gets time with Datsyuk, with whom he has bonded well personally and on the ice.  I think it would be a big mistake to turn him into the next Leino and run him out of town when he may well go on to have a very serviceable NHL career….. and even help us win a Cup. 

No one felt worse about Hudler’s year last year than Hudler.  No one pressed more to turn it around.  I think if this kid gets supported this coming year he will make the fans happy once again.  He’s got a lot of skill and quickness and can be a 20 goal 35 assist guy for many years….. 2008-09 was not a fluke—that was the real guy if he stays healthy.

Posted by CC Moor from Washington DC on 07/04/11 at 05:37 PM ET

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I loved Hudler when he left. I wasn’t sore that he left. I was happy when I found out he was coming back. He’s just not the same player that he was. He lacks the skill and the confidence he had before going to the KHL. The points he had were mostly passing to Datsyuk. I can barely skate anymore, but If you put me on the ice with Datsyuk, I’d probably have 20 points.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 07/04/11 at 05:57 PM ET

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I’d rather have Draper in the starting lineup than Miller, Emmerton, Mursak or Hudler

Posted by Chris in A^2 from the switch is a lie on 07/04/11 at 03:06 PM ET

drugs are bad, m’kay

Posted by edillac from isolation on 07/04/11 at 06:05 PM ET

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Seriously, just sign Conklin already….what’s the damn hold up?! I’m sure he could be had for less than $1mil/per. I’d be ok with Emery at this point, too. With him we get our back up AND our long-coveted enforcer.

Also, hearing Holland finally say that he’s still planning some tweaks to improve is music to my ears. I can feel it…Hudler is done in Detroit.

Posted by godblender on 07/04/11 at 06:11 PM ET

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Edit: moves not tweaks.

Tweaks sounds too much like re-signing Draper.

Posted by godblender on 07/04/11 at 06:13 PM ET

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the wings are sick of bailing him out of court tickets. When Hudler came back from Russia he had 3 huge speeding tickets in two weeks. not to mention, the ordeal he put the wings lawyers through trying to get him into training camp when USA wouldn’t let him in the country because of all the crap on his record. and thats just a taste of the things Ive been told and seen.

He is not shy to tell anyone how much he hates Americans when he has a a couple wobbley pops. My buddy almost beat the crap out of him in royal oak but thank god…. for Hudler…. one of the people Hudler was with knew my friend who amassed over 2000 penalty minutes in minor pro hockey. Begging him not to hit Hudler. This poor excuse for a person is a liability off the ice and on it. In Kenny Holland fashion, He is not a “good fit” for the red wings at nearly 3 million a year. especially with all the rope we gave him to prove himself.

Posted by diesel44 on 07/04/11 at 06:16 PM ET

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Mmm.. a wobbley pop sounds good right about now.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 07/04/11 at 06:25 PM ET

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Seriously, just sign Conklin already….what’s the damn hold up?!

Posted by godblender on 07/04/11 at 04:11 PM ET

Exactly.  Why I still think a trade is in the works.  And Holland himself said:

“I have gotten calls from teams, looking to trade a goaltender,” Holland said. “I need to do something and I probably will this week.”

The stuff about Ozzie is just posturing for negotiations.  Of course, he has to say he’s OK with Ozzie.  He doesn’t want to sound desperate.

Tick. Tock.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/04/11 at 06:25 PM ET

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The only goalies I can realistically suggest are available via a trade are Michael Leighton from Philly and Curtis Sanford from Columbus, so I’m wondering whether Holland’s tossing out disinformation as he pursues Conklin or Turco…

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/04/11 at 06:26 PM ET

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Hippy Dave - looking at your avatar, and that can of Pabst, I wondered if you’ve read the Chief’s post of today over at A to Y?...

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/04/11 at 06:27 PM ET

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no way Malik, C-bus isn’t coughing up Sanford, they literally have no goalie depth in their orginization.  I bet Sanford has a good shot at displacing Mason as the number 1.  Leghton is about the only goalie I can think of, or LaBarbara not that the yotes got MacElhinney and what’s his face.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/04/11 at 06:34 PM ET

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nabokov for hudler straight up. the amount of baggage is enough to down a 767!

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/04/11 at 07:50 PM ET

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I’d rather have Draper in the starting lineup than Miller, Emmerton, Mursak or Hudler
Posted by Chris in A^2 from the switch is a lie on 07/04/11 at 03:06 PM ET

There is wisdom in this statement and I agree a lot.  The problem with having Draper in the line up this year is that we would have had to lose this year and all future years of Miller and/or Emmerton and/or Mursak, and that is something I definitely do not agree with.  Losing the careers of either of them in exchange for one more year of 40 year old Draper is not worth it.  That was the key issue.

I believe he was trying to move Hudler, valid comments above for and against Hudler notwithstanding, but he apparently had no takers.  Even had he moved Hudler there’s no guarantee he would have signed Draper.  My guess is he may still try to move Hudler and he wouldn’t hesitate going Into the season with the remaining 13 forwards instead of the present 14, very comfortable in bringing up Tatar to fill in for an injury.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/04/11 at 07:57 PM ET

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I’d rather have Draper in the starting lineup than Miller, Emmerton, Mursak or Hudler

I couldn’t disagree more.  If Holland couldn’t re-sign Miller, that would be the only scenario in which I would happy to keep Draper around, and even then I’d be pissed that Holland couldn’t keep Miller…

Curtis Sanford from Columbus

Didn’t Sanford just sign with them on Friday?  Can’t see why they’d trade him…

But statistics do not lie over a long season:

You’re right.  In 10-11 he had 20 fewer points and a plus/minus 14 points lower while playing part of the season with Pavel Datsyuk than he had in 08-09, while he played pretty much all his time on the bottom six.

And he played half as many playoff games this year but had a quarter of the points he had in 08-09.

He had nearly identical stats to Tomas Holmstrom, taking less than half as many penalties and skating one minute less per game icetime, and a lot less with Detroit’s best scorers (while admittedly making $1 million more).

The difference in their salaries is not an afterthought you put in brackets.  That’s a big deal.  So is the fact that Holmstrom plays a very specific role.  If Hudler ever shows that he can do ANYTHING that Holmstrom does then you can compare them, but until then it’s ridiculous.  If Hudler did what Holmstrom did you can bet he’d be taking a lot more penalties.

And I hate this BS about Hudler’s pride and how bad he feels about last year.  If he had such pride he wouldn’t have let last year happen the way it did and if he felt so bad about playing like crap why didn’t he play better instead of waiting till the off-season to decide he’s going to play better next year when he could’ve stepped his game up this year?

2008-09 was not a fluke—that was the real guy if he stays healthy.

Sorry but…you know this how?  How can you say that 2010-2011 isn’t the real Hudler?

To me, he looks like he’s a different guy than he was before he left for Russia…

If Holland doesn’t trade him I sure hope they’ll keep him on a really short leash.

Posted by Garth on 07/04/11 at 08:40 PM ET

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nabokov for hudler straight up.

One loser for another?  Nabokov couldn’t hack it in a glorified russian AHL, I don’t understand why everyone has such a hardon for trading for him.

If he’d made it through waivers I’d be fine with having him as the backup for last year but I sure as hell am not for giving up anything to get him.

Posted by Garth on 07/04/11 at 08:43 PM ET

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Someone pass me a wobbly pop damnit!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 07/04/11 at 08:51 PM ET

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2008-09 was not a fluke—that was the real guy if he stays healthy.

Sorry but…you know this how?  How can you say that 2010-2011 isn’t the real Hudler?

Garth, aside from the fact that you are obviously one of the nasty jerks one meets now and then in life, we’re going to have to start calling you “Kenny Holland” since you seem to know everything there is to know about the NHL—or at least so you have told us. It is good you know something about something, since you obviously have not done much with your life; anyone who has posted here 1851 times in the last 2 1/2 years whose name is not Malik obviously has a lot of time on their hands, and is not of any importance to anyone in the productive world.  And anyone who makes use of the male genitalia in polite conversation as much as you do clearly has some self-reflection ongoing.  Good luck with all that.  Equally likely, anyone with this intensive a posting history does not have a lot of friends in the world, and for that you have my sympathy.

Back to hockey, your comment about Nabokov being a “loser” with nearly 300 victories to his credit in the NHL before his 35th birthday, with a lower GAA and higher save percentage than future Hall of Famer Osgood, is certainly demonstrative of your knowledge of the game.  As for salaries and whether they matter, of course they do—it is a factor to consider.  But was Hudler a bigger flop last season than Fil, on a dollars per game performance basis? There are plenty of over and underachievers every year—that is my point: one season does not make the player.  You were one of the people who wanted Leino gone, too, and he has shown his critics wrong so far…long enough to get a fat new long term deal, after playing more to his potential. 

Will Hudler?  Of course one cannot be sure, but just as we do not know whether 08-09 was the real Hudler, we do not know whether 10-11 is, either.  My argument, which is grounded in a reasonable logic that escapes enfeebled minds such as your own, is that unless we get something in return he is too valuable to punt on.  But there are a lot of reasons to like his chances—that is why they have a Masterton Trophy for comebacks. And one thing we do know is that not long ago Detroit liked his work ethic enough to give him a solid contract, and Babcock praised that part of his game this past year more than a few times.

Given your what-have-you-done-for-me lately attitude, you would have long ago given up on Tim Thomas, too.  You may be a know-it-all Garth, but I am glad Kenny is our GM, so don’t quit your $9.00/hour day job just yet.  And keep up your 3-a-day posts here for therapy, too;  maybe you will earn a 5th or 6th reader here one day.

Posted by CC Moor from Washington DC on 07/05/11 at 12:23 AM ET

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Oy, vey. Fireworks and sunshine and grumpy people in Wal-Mart at least. Check out the entry for more content…

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/05/11 at 12:26 AM ET

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we’re going to have to start calling you “Kenny Holland” since you seem to know everything there is to know about the NHL—or at least so you have told us.

Funny, you’re the one who stated the fact that 08-09 wasn’t a fluke.  I merely questioned it an offered a counter.

Sorry, I forgot this was The Agree With CC Moor Or Leave Report.  I’ll keep that in mind next time I want to discuss hockey.

anyone who has posted here 1851 times in the last 2 1/2 years whose name is not Malik obviously has a lot of time on their hands

Awww, it’s so sweet that you looked me up darling.

And thanks for being so condescending, it’s so very mature of you!

Isn’t summer vacation great?  You have no homework until 5th grade starts in September!!!!

Back to hockey, your comment about Nabokov being a “loser” with nearly 300 victories to his credit in the NHL before his 35th birthday, with a lower GAA and higher save percentage than future Hall of Famer Osgood, is certainly demonstrative of your knowledge of the game.

I guess all that matters is the distant past, not the recent past.

3.02 GAA, .888 save %.

Those numbers are what got him released from his contract with the KHL.  You know, the league that gobbles up big-name NHL has-beens and offers them exponentially more than they’re worth?

Yeah, they didn’t want him, but hey, let’s bring in an over 35 contract for a guy who was tossed out of the KHL.  BRILLIANT!!!

But you’re right about him not being a loser.  I’ll never forget seeing him hoist that first Stanley Cup over his-

Wait.

I mean, I’ll never forget when he had that Olympic gold medal placed around his n-

Damn.

Oh, I’ve got it.  Remember when he walked up to the stage that time to accept his Vez-

SHIT!

Can I come get back to this?

You were one of the people who wanted Leino gone, too, and he has shown his critics wrong so far…long enough to get a fat new long term deal, after playing more to his potential.

Hmm, that’s curious.  One season is not enough to judge Hudler on, but it’s enough to judge Leino on!  Good to see some consistency in your argument.  By the way, I understand why you love Hudler’s contract so much.  Compared to Leino’s -which you apparently think is a good contract- Hudler’s practically taking a hometown discount! 

And yeah, that Leino contract was a GREAT signing for Buffalo wasn’t it.  It sure wasn’t one of the contracts pointed out in countless articles this weekend on the subject of the terrible contracts given out on Friday and the fact that the owners’ spending is spiraling out of control and contracts like his are going to lead to another lock out!

I swear, I didn’t see Leino’s contract mentioned in any of those articles.

but just as we do not know whether 08-09 was the real Hudler, we do not know whether 10-11 is, either.

We don’t know?  Well, you sure knew in your previous post!  Remember this?  “2008-09 was not a fluke—that was the real guy if he stays healthy.”  That was you!  Why are you changing your story now?

And one thing we do know is that not long ago Detroit liked his work ethic enough to give him a solid contract

“We” also know that Ken Holland had to either accept the contract that was rewarded through arbitration or risk losing Hudler for nothing.

See how he was forced to accept the contract and now he’s trying to trade Hudler?

Hmmmm…

You may be a know-it-all Garth, but I am glad Kenny is our GM

Aww, I hurt your feelings by disagreeing with you, so I’m a know-it-all.  Because, you know, I’m the one who relied on personal attacks instead of actual arguments.  I’m the one who stopped his feet and condescended when he didn’t have an argument he was confident in.

Oh, and did you mean Kenny who has been shopping Hudler since before the draft?  That Kenny?  The one who clearly isn’t happy with Hudler’s contract?  And is trying to trade him?  That one?  The one who disagrees with your assessment?

Hmm…

so don’t quit your $9.00/hour day job just yet.

Hey, looks who’s being condescending and relying on personal attacks again!!!

What’s next?  Am I not allowed to have an opinion until I GM and NHL club?

Are you one of those guys who defends a movie by saying “Let’s see how good YOUR movie is”?

Why don’t you got make me a sandwich?

Posted by Garth on 07/05/11 at 12:58 AM ET

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Man, I joined about a month before Garth and I have over 10,000 comments here.  I’m a MUCH bigger loser than he is!  Can I get a little sympathy over here as well?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/05/11 at 02:15 AM ET

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Man, if it’s this bad now I can’t wait ‘til the Wings lose two games in a row and we burn this mf’er to the ground.

Stats aside—I watched Nabokov’s entire career before he went to the KHL (and come on, who knows what sort of Mickey Mouse team he was playing for)—and if you’re telling me that that dude’s going to back up Howard then that’s AWESOME.

But then again, I seem to remember a certain Red Wing who was doing perfectly-capable in the NHL and then disappeared to the KHL for a year, only to come back a train wreck. Stats aside—once again—watching Hudler all last season was just an exercise in frustration. I don’t care what his stats were, he never had a good stretch of complete games where he left an impression of being clutch in any sort of way, shape, or form. Instead it felt like a season of excuses and explanations.

Which sucks, because I liked the dude before he left, did not begrudge him for leaving, and was excited enough that he was coming back.

Anyway, the team is shaping up well enough and I’m guessing that Holland will make a final key move with the roster in an effort to make a real push for the Cup this year as it’s most likely the end of an era. Whether that roster move happens now, or at the trade deadline, isn’t up for me to decide and I’m going to try to take a deep breath, let everyone do their jobs, and enjoy some great hockey.

Posted by SK77 on 07/05/11 at 04:08 AM ET

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I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 07/05/11 at 08:11 AM ET

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Man, I joined about a month before Garth and I have over 10,000 comments here.  I’m a MUCH bigger loser than he is!  Can I get a little sympathy over here as well?

HAHA You joined 4 months after I did and you have almost twice as many comments!  I bet you have knock knees and wear a diaper!  WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

I’m a pharmacist and I’m ok
I post all night and day on KK

Posted by monkey from Finland on 07/05/11 at 09:05 AM ET

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Man, if it’s this bad now I can’t wait ‘til the Wings lose two games in a row and we burn this mf’er to the ground.

I’ve got the matches and the gasoline ready to go, I’m going to light it up after the first goal allowed.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 07/05/11 at 09:06 AM ET

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Now I’m scared to see how many comments I have because it might make me an enormous loser too.

Nobody look it up and tell me, please! smile

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 07/05/11 at 09:09 AM ET

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I’ve got the matches and the gasoline ready to go, I’m going to light it up after the first goal allowed.

Posted by monkey from bat country on 07/05/11 at 07:06 AM ET

New team motto: SHUTOUTS OR DEATH!

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 07/05/11 at 09:10 AM ET

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I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY

LOUD NOISES.

Can I get a little sympathy over here as well?

If it’s any consolation, JJ, I think you are an enormous dick.  Wait, I might mean ‘have an…’  Then again, that might just be because I can’t stop staring at the horse in your avatar.  Or I might be thinking of Monkey.

Posted by AndrewFromAnnArbor from Fortress Europe on 07/05/11 at 10:31 AM ET

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