The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/04/14 at 07:32 PM ET
I just updated the Wings-Devils game-day post, but even though it's so close to game time--and I am quite superstitious about posting within an hour of puck drop (hate it)--the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan had a conversation with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock that merits mentioning, especially after the Flyers somehow fleeced the Isles out of Andrew MacDonald (Does Ed Snider have compromising pictures of Garth Snow building a fort with his gigantic goalie pads? With a goat?).
Anyway, here's what Babcock had to say to Kulfan about his trade deadline input...
As for Babcock, he's not paying much attention to the entire process.
"Zero," Babcock said. "If they phone me, I give them my two cents, and if they don't, what am I going to do? The way I look at it is we have a group I believe is going in the right direction and we have a lot of kids on the farm (in the minor leagues). We're excited about what we have here."
And Gustav Nyquist delivered an equally interesting take on the fact that his center in Ottawa and Montreal was Pavel Datsyuk, but tonight, "Goose-tav" and Johan Franzen are lining up with Joakim Andersson between them. Nyquist also played alongside Henrik Zetterberg for a time, but all of a sudden, there's an #18 in the middle instead of #13 or #40:
"That's just the situation we're in now," Nyquist said. "Those are two really important guys for us, but we have the team we have now, and the guys who are going to play. Hopefully some of us can step up."
There will be some adjustment, said coach Mike Babcock, but injuries and players leaving the lineup throughout the season has been the norm.
"You do what you do," Babcock said. "Obviously they're elite players, but the reality is we've played lots of the season without them. You adjust and play. I've spent less time than in this interview thinking about (playing without Datsyuk and Zetterberg) and way more thinking about our team."
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