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by George Malik on 02/20/13 at 01:48 PM ET
Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to the Fan 590's Hockeycentral at Noon crew on Wednesday, addressing everything from Mikael Samuelsson and Jimmy Howard's statuses (out for 2 weeks and "iffy," respectively) to his team's performance in their first post-Nicklas Lidstrom season, the injury parade that's beset the Wings, Pavel Datsyuk's dekes and dangles and his take on improving the Wings down the line:
The interview's over 12 minutes long, and Holland speaks quickly, so expect to need to re-listen to it.
Update: Sportsnet posted the most important part of Holland's commentary, at least as it applies to possible personnel moves:
The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most injury-plagued teams in the NHL right now and are in danger of potentially missing the playoffs for the first time since the 1989–90 season.
The Red Wings are currently ninth in the Western Conference and on a four-game losing streak.
Starting goalie Jimmy Howard has been banged up of late and several of the team’s key players are dealing with injuries.
Defencemen Brendan Smith and Carlo Colaiacovo are recovering from shoulder injuries, while Ian White is out with a left leg laceration. Plus, it was revealed Wednesday that forward Mikael Samuelsson could miss up to two weeks with a fractured finger;
“We’ve been beat up so bad on the back end we’re just trying to stay in the race,” Red Wings general manger Ken Holland told Hockey Central at Noon Wednesday.
“We’ve got to get in (the playoffs). I’m hoping this is a lot like 2009-10, the Olympic year, where we sort of limped to the Olympic (break) where we were in ninth place, a point back of Calgary, we were beat up and we got healthy and went on a run.”
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