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Red Wings Holland confirms to NY Times: no sell-off, Wings likely to stand pat at trade deadline

Stories continue to roll in regarding Johan Franzen's wonderful takes on purse-gate after Saturday's Pavel Datsyuk-less practice, and the Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan added their voices to trade deadline discussion talk (see also: my take and the overnight report's worth of chatter)...

But I guess this was an inevitable "lede" (i.e. lead story) for the New York Times' Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel's weekend notebook: "Red Wings Among the Sellers at the Trade Deadline? Don’t Buy It"

Don't buy it at all. That's not how the Wings roll, and you can take it from Ken Holland himself, who says that the Wings will neither deal UFA's-to-be nor top prospects for a "quick fix" (as he told MLive's Khan earlier this week):

“It’s like I told the guys the other night,” he said in a phone conversation Thursday. “Last year we were one point from missing the playoffs, and we were also one shot away from making the final four. That’s today’s N.H.L. It’s so close.”

Holland added: “If we can just get to the tournament, we can throw the regular-season records into the garbage. And if we can just make it past that first round, we’ll get Zetterberg back. Suddenly things are different.”

Holland also said he doubted he would be a buyer. Over all, it may be more difficult for teams to trade for players this week because the lowered salary cap has them close to the ceiling, unable to take on more contracts.

With at least some good news on the injury front — the big wing Johan Franzen returned after missing 22 of 23 games with concussion symptoms — Holland is more inclined to go with his current roster in a bid to continue the franchise’s run of playoff appearances.

And Holland said he thought the Sochi experience would prove beneficial rather than detrimental for his team’s younger Olympians, forwards Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist.

“Jimmy Howard had to benefit just from being there,” he said of his goalie, who saw no action with the United States team in Sochi. “Pavel Datsyuk and Jonny Ericsson missed a lot of games this season, so the extra games at the Olympics wouldn’t have hurt them.”

I can't quote Klein and Hackel's entire article, but they note that the Wings' wins in Montreal on Wednesday and Ottawa on Thursday illustrated the fact that the Wings plan to go out swinging:

In just two days, Detroit’s wild-card lead had grown to 3 points over Washington and 5 over Ottawa, Columbus and the Devils.

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished — 22 straight seasons,” Holland said. “But we want to make it 23.”

Klein and Hackel continue, discussing the Ryan Miller trade (waiting for those, "Trade Howard for Miller!" chants to start up again...).

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No trade for a defensemen?  Good lord I hope that doesn’t mean he’s planning on re-signing Quincey…

Posted by Heaton on 03/01/14 at 03:22 PM ET

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“It’s like I told the guys the other night,” he said in a phone conversation Thursday. “Last year we were one point from missing the playoffs, and we were also one shot away from making the final four. That’s today’s N.H.L. It’s so close.]The NHL salary cap and wins in regulation/OT and shootouts counting the same has ensured boring arse parity.

Eventually fans will stop going to games until the playoffs near mostly.

Hopefully the Blues blockbuster trade will set off a trade war by contending western teams because the trade deadline is becoming more a snoozer every year, about as much fun as watching a shootout.

 

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 03/01/14 at 04:15 PM ET

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Red Wings Holland confirms to NY Times: no sell-off, Wings likely to stand pat at trade deadline

They made a movie about this.

“Groundhog Day” wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/01/14 at 05:24 PM ET

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Why would Ken Holland do anything?  Its not like the media or fans really hold him accountable for his inaction.  No trying to trade Quincey or Cleary for even late draft picks?  Why not try and get something for guys who won’t be back next year.  Ken Holland is a deer in the headlights, unless he can trade picks for a deadline rental, he can’t do anything.  Trade roster players?  Turn deadweight into assets?  That’s what good GM’s do, mediocre GM’s sit on their hands we have the latter.

Posted by bababooey on 03/01/14 at 06:37 PM ET

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Posted by bababooey on 03/01/14 at 06:37 PM ET

Trade Cleary?  What?  who wants a guy who’s a healthy scratch on a team that is fighting for the playoffs?

Posted by Heaton on 03/01/14 at 07:26 PM ET

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Maybe the Sabres can be convinced to take Cleary and half a 2-4 of Molson now that Pat LaFontaine’s out? Or Larry Murphy’s Hot Dog package collection for Ehrhoff and a 1st-rounder? wink

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/01/14 at 07:37 PM ET

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Ken Holland is a deer in the headlights, unless he can trade picks for a deadline rental, he can’t do anything

Other than, you know, run a front office that has tons of pretty solid young players despite never getting a sniff of a top 10 pick for near on two decades, or hire elite coaches, or pick up all world forwards in the 6th round, or occasionally make amazing signings like the Hossa deal.

But yeah, he doesn’t make a big trade in years where it is monumentally STUPID to make a big trade, so he’s a deer in the headlights.

Of course, these critics don’t know the whole story.  Like how Holland traded a #24 pick in 2011 for two picks that he used to select… Jurco and Ouellet.  Or how he traded Leino for the pick he used to draft…. Mattias Backman.

No, Holland doesn’t make a stupid, wasteful rental trade so he’s a deer in the headlights.  Of course.  Keep in mind that when he does make a deadline acquisition he is, predictably, pilloried for the move when it doesn’t work out… as the vast majority of deadline moves also fail to work out.

But go ahead, Kenny… I’m sure this time the fans will demonstrate something resembling perspective.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/01/14 at 09:12 PM ET

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No, Holland doesn’t make a stupid, wasteful rental trade so he’s a deer in the headlights.

Hey straw man, can you ever, just once, reply to what someone actually wrote, rather than twisting someone’s words to argue against something NOBODY said?

Posted by Garth on 03/01/14 at 10:34 PM ET

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Hey straw man, can you ever, just once, reply to what someone actually wrote, rather than twisting someone’s words to argue against something NOBODY said?

Posted by Garth on 03/01/14 at 10:34 PM ET

Chill, Winston. HiHD replied straight up to someone’s comment about Holland “[being] a deer in the headlights, unless he can trade picks for a deadline rental, he can’t do anything” by giving good examples of how he’s flipped single draft picks into multiple good players and jettisoned future disasters like Leino into potential Top 4 d’men of the future in Backman.

Posted by SK77 on 03/02/14 at 12:24 AM ET

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Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/02/14 at 12:30 AM ET

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