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Red Wings mid-day news: no practice today, trades unlikely, and a Mr. Hockey tribute

Updated 2x at 4:39 PM: Obviously...

Given how hard the Red Wings have been practicing of late, I'm happy to have read this quip from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

Mental fatigue was showing big time in the Wings' loss to Chicago and win over Colorado. The team needs to regroup a bit before embarking upon another 3-games-in-4-nights slate this upcoming week/end and back-to-backs in Phoenix on Thursday and Colorado on Friday (and it wouldn't hurt Brendan Smith or Jakub Kindl to get a night off during one of those two games, either).

As I'm sure most of you are peeved about the Wings' decision to not take on Jay Bouwmeester's $6.68 million salary, Jaromir Jagr's massive ego or any of the other players that the Wings don't seem to be interested in acquiring, you won't like reading the Windsor Star's Dave Waddell's attempt to discern Ken Holland's likely moves over the next 24-plus hours, which involve...Standing pat and also standing pat:

Sure Holland will tease by dangling that old bromide if the right deal comes along we’d make a move, but it’s highly unlikely such a deal is going to materialize. More likely Holland telegraphed his intentions with his assertion he’s fine with where his team is at. It could be a smoke screen to provide cover for talks, but in reality it also is the wisest course of action for this season.

Short of a massive multi-player trade, the type that just doesn’t happen anymore in a capped-controlled NHL, Holland isn’t going to be able to effect enough change to make an impact.

Frankly, the Wings have too many third and fourth-line talents to attract the interest of a trading partner. The alternative route would require dipping too deeply into their reserves of prospects and draft picks.  As bitter as it may taste to an organization used to being a perennial Stanley Cup contender, this is a season to see exactly what depth the organization has.

Realistically, the Wings were always going to be a bit of a muddled mess in this year of transition.

With less than a month left in the regular season, Detroit has overachieved to this point. The Wings have lost more man-games to injuries than any team in the league and they appear set to only widen their lead in that category. It’s only going to get worse with Henrik Zetterberg suffering a groin injury in the Easter Day debacle against Chicago and Mikael Samuelsson continuing his lost season by getting injured again in his first game back after a broken finger.

There looks to be little hope of getting Todd Bertuzzi back anytime soon and Darren Helm’s timetable to return from a sore back also remains questionable. The return of defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo, who returned April, and Kyle Quincey, by mid-April, should help the Wings stay in the scrap to make the playoffs, but that’s not the future Holland should be focused on.

This team simply has too many significant holes for Holland to fix with a couple of trades. Any attempt to plug the gaps left by the unsuccessful signings of Samuelsson, Colaiacovo and Jonas Gustavsson at a time when players are most costly, risks causing the long-lasting damage that the Wings have been trying to avoid for the past two decades.

Even if Detroit had acquired the likes of Jarome Ignila and Brenden Morrow, as Pittsburgh did, that would not have addressed all the flaws in this line-up. Unlike the Wings, the Penguins are in a position to go all in. Detroit requires more than just a pair of aging veterans past their best-by date, who would’ve marginally improved Detroit’s playoff chances at best.

The Wings are more likely to be interested in the fact that, going forward, the cap's going down from $70.2 million to $64.3 million, and if you head over to Capgeek.com, you'll find out thatbetween a quarter and a third of the NHL's teams are going to have an incredibly hard time getting down to the $64.3 million mark even if they don't sign any of their unrestricted and restricted free agents-to-be. The cap compliance buy-out market will significantly improve the number of available free agents who will have few choices in terms of employment with teams that are willing to acquire their services for anything less than deep discounts.

Do I like the concept of the Wings standing pat as a fan? Not really, but I don't believe that the team's focused on doing anything unless it can genuinely find long-term solutions to its need for a big top-six forward who can score goals and its need for a top-pair defenseman.

Those players aren't available right now, at least not without endangering the team's abilty to re-sign its own UFA's and RFA's-to-be, and at least not without endangering the team's long-term future. The Wings won't sell both the barn and the horses in the stable for one stud horse.

Otherwise...

  • MLive's Brendan Savage has posted a round-up of the Wings' power rankings status(es);

 

  • MLive's Jared Purcell found the bobbleheads Fox Sports Detroit placed around Downtown Detroit to celebrate "April in the D," which Fox Sports Detroit should commemorate with a, "Who will replace Larry Murphy" contest, starring contestant Larry Murphy;

 

  • "I am Rogue's" Jordan DeSaulnier reports that Wal-Mart stores will stock copies of the Hallmark Channel's Mr. Hockey: the Gordie Howe Story on May 7th, 3 days after the fim premieres on the Hallmark Channel (Saturday, May 4th);

 

  • The Grand Rapids Griffins have opened registration for their youth hockey camp, which begins on August 29th;

 

 

  • And finally, the Wings posted the one good part of Sunday's game vs. Chicago--the warm-up--on its YouTube channel:

 

Update #2: MLive's Ansar Khan duly noted that Carlo Colaiacovo's return...complicates...things on the team's blueline...

“He’s got to get in here and grab his piece,'' coach Mike Babcock said. “At this time of the year, we're not in the business of trying people out. You start in a position and if you’re not going, someone else is going to take your spot.''

The Red Wings have a surplus of defensemen. Kyle Quincey hopes to return from his fractured cheek bone this week. Brian Lashoff will be back on Thursday following a one-game stint with Grand Rapids due to the 23-man roster limit. And the club wants to get Danny DeKeyser into a game soon. With nine defensemen, Babcock has plenty of options.

Colaiacovo logged 19:46 in Monday's 3-2 victory over Colorado, his first game since Jan. 21. He had missed 33 games with a sprained left shoulder. He saw some time on the power play and on the penalty kill.

“I thought he was good,'' Babcock said. “He moved the puck, he executed. We just got to keep him healthy so he can help us. I like what he brought today and I thought he made our whole team quicker because of his ability to move the puck.''

When is DeKeyser going to "get into the lineup?" Soon...

“He’s coming to a program where things are going to be a bit different, yet we just have to get him in the lineup,'' Babcock said. “The reason we didn’t play him this weekend is because he has been off from practice since (Sunday). And we want him to be skating and comfortable for when he does go in for his first game.''

And Kyle Quincey hopes to do the same:

“It’s going to take a while to get used to, but every day it gets better and better,'' Quincey said. “The visibility is tough, especially when the puck is in your feet and it’s even harder when you’ve been off for two weeks.''

He hasn't been able to eat a lot of solid foods since the injury on March 15.

“The nerve hasn’t come back,'' Quincey said. “Once that does I will start having feeling in my teeth and gums and lips. It’s not too bad. I just dice up the food pretty good. The blender is getting a lot of use.''

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Even if Detroit had acquired the likes of Jarome Ignila and Brenden Morrow, as Pittsburgh did, that would not have addressed all the flaws in this line-up

I’m so sick of this “you can’t fix it all at once, so don’t fix any of it at all” attitude.  that is a recipe for failure.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/02/13 at 01:07 PM ET

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I must be wrong, but I thought part of the CBA is that if the cap goes down, all players under contract automatically get their pay cut by the percentage the cap went down.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/02/13 at 01:10 PM ET

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does anyone see a #1 or #2 d-man in the red wings cupboard the next few years? trade for yandle - whatever it takes - and by getting yandle you then have a legit #1 & #2 the next 5-7 years while restocking the cupboard for whoever it is they lost. probably someone who will never be as good as yandle

same gameplan for a top six forward - pominville - glencross - gaborik - weiss’s rights…whoever… who in wings prospects is going to come up and be that top guy from the cupboard in the next few years?.... who is going to come up and replace pav if he leaves- bert when he retires - filppula when he leaves- fill the void they have now- who is going to come in and be that good - we have a problem - we need a couple top six forwards and a top pair dman in the next 2 years to compete

top it off, wings are gonna have to trade for a legit top six forward around the age of 25-30 since we cant seem to give these “maybe” top six players in our system, top six oppurtunities in the first place - just bury them back in the minors -

See? I told ya. Bring out the tarp. Cover the field. I cant watch this anymore. Its over. Turn the lights out. Bring in the bull dozers and turn this place into a parking lot

btw khan said the wings dont want to trade their first this year because they may miss the playoffs and that first could be a high pick… so trade filppula to the jackets for a first and turn that into pominville… right.. right? or trade filppula and white and second to rangers for gaborik - rangers get their depth center playmaker and depth at d and wings get that goal scorer next to pav

Posted by diesel44 on 04/02/13 at 01:10 PM ET

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I guess I am in the minority.  No way a 1st for Jay Blow and Jagr be an old rental for the Bruins.

If a legit Younger Top 2 D or Younger Top 6 D is available then that would be worth a deal including a 1st Round pick.

Lots of 2nd Round picks being discarded by teams. I see some GMs overpaying/panicking to win the Cup in a lockout year.  There will have to be some Cap dumping after July 5th.

Again, if there is a Vanek, Glencross, et al available that would be a great Long Term move for the Wings… I just don’t see much happening Wed except a Domino effect once a Kipper, Lou, Bishop, Bernier, etc start to move.

Not getting up early to watch talking heads try to entertain the fans for 8 hours.

What you you see is what the Wings have for the playoffs at least until training camp next year, IMO

Posted by OnlyWings on 04/02/13 at 01:11 PM ET

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The closer to the deadline we get the more it sounds like White and Flip will be Wings the rest of the year. Why? Does Holland really think if we can just squeek into the big dance we’ve got as good a chance as anybody? He really can’t think that, right? If’n he doesn’t actually think that then he must think he’ll be able to lock Flip up long term.
Either way of thinkin makes me sick to my stomach sick

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/02/13 at 01:15 PM ET

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I’d be surprised to see the Rangers moving Gaborik for a rental second line central and bottom pairing defenseman even if it get them out of cap trouble next season.  They’d be looking for at least a first round draft pick given what St. Louis gave for J-Bo.

Posted by Django on 04/02/13 at 01:18 PM ET

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theres been talk of buying gaborik out to get under cap… spector on sportsnet 590 said about ten minutes ago he thinks baorik will get moved simply for that and him and torts are not getting along

Posted by diesel44 on 04/02/13 at 01:22 PM ET

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that Waddell article nails reality.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/02/13 at 01:24 PM ET

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flip is going to leave… if he wants 5 mil - let him - he is not worth that… not even close - get something for him - white is going to leave, sammy prob bought out because no one wants him… columbus has three 1st rounders and said they want to use one or two of them already - they have what it takes to sign flip too - he just wants a pay day like hudler and hes been disappearing on the ice - wings need to get something for him - no more of this farwell & thanks for all the fish shit - this is a business - if flip doesnt want to be realistic, trade him - look at san jose - they trade some of their players and theyve done nothing but win since - get rid of dead weight while you can

Posted by diesel44 on 04/02/13 at 01:28 PM ET

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I agree that the Wings position sucks right now, but I don’t know where Holland is supposed to find the silver bullet that people are demanding from him.  I do think he was too complacent in years past, but this year I don’t honestly know what folks want from him.  90% of the players on this team just aren’t ready for the next level.  I have faith they will be, but right now going out and getting Iginla, or Morrow, or Jesus, or Clark Kent, or whoever, won’t change the fact that the team needs time to mature.  Bouwmeester would have been nice last year, but this year it just doesn’t make sense.  Too many good things are in the offing for this team by way of our prospects to justify a shopping spree, and unfortunately, one bad contract qualifies as a spree. 

I don’t want Holland to mount an outboard motor on a canoe just to say he’s trying, we’re gonna need a bigger boat first.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/02/13 at 01:29 PM ET

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Repost:
We’ve got 46.4ish next year if we don’t re-sign anyone. So if Howard gets 5, Brunner gets 2.2, Nyquist and Andersson each get 1.2, Kindl and Smith get 2 and 2.5 respectively that gets us at 60.5ish. Now if they re-sign Flip for 5…BLAMMO!!!! My head just exploded. Holland can’t be thinking about doing that, right?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/02/13 at 01:32 PM ET

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I have no problem with Holland not trading away picks or prospects to bring someone in.  I do have a problem with him not jettisoning some of the players who aren’t in the team’s long term plans.  Get something for guys while teams are paying a premium. 

The team “as is” at best is a crapshoot to make the playoffs.  If they do get in, so many things have to go right while nothing goes wrong for them to have a chance to get through a round or two.  While losing a player like White or Filpulla would hurt those chances, they’re not good chances to begin with.  Get something for them now while you can.

I’ll be upset if the Wings miss the playoffs this year, but I’ll be way more upset if the roster next year is full of some of the same dead weight players with permanent cases of floatitis.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/02/13 at 01:38 PM ET

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I wouldn’t be surprised if Gaborik gets moved I just think it will take more than what amounts two UFA rentals and second rounder to move him.  My guess is NYR would want a first rounder for him plus prospects.  They are also in no great hurry to move him since he can be shipped out over the summer.

Posted by Django on 04/02/13 at 01:40 PM ET

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So if Howard gets 5, Brunner gets 2.2, Nyquist and Andersson each get 1.2, Kindl and Smith get 2 and 2.5 respectively that gets us at 60.5ish.

If any of those guys get what you’re guessing they’ll get then Detroit is in real trouble and Holland really needs to lose his job.

Posted by Garth on 04/02/13 at 01:44 PM ET

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that Waddell article nails reality.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/02/13 at 02:24 PM ET

Yeah, a lot of people around here need to read it.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 04/02/13 at 01:44 PM ET

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khan said it himself, the wings dont want to trade their first rounder this year because they think they may not make the playoffs and that first could be big in the lottery draft this year - so what is the hold up? the wings organization thinks they may miss the playoffs? why not trade filppula and white and try to trade sammy - get something for them before loosing them for nothing - and in turn you can use what u get for them for someone else -

***why not gamble trading them, get something for them and possibly make the playoffs anyways especially when the wings organization thinks they may not make the playoffs anyways….when ultimetly it doesnt matter after that

Posted by diesel44 on 04/02/13 at 01:47 PM ET

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My head just exploded. Holland can’t be thinking about doing that, right?

Well we will know by tomorrow one way or the other.  To go all chicken little on you:  he could be worried about getting lambasted in the press when Detroit misses the playoffs and he 1) didn’t acquire anyone at the deadline, 2) moved out Filpulla and White for picks.  It’s safer to say he likes the team as it is and oh, hey look Carlo Colaiacovo is back in the line-up.  That’s like a player at the trade deadline for nothing right?

Posted by Django on 04/02/13 at 01:47 PM ET

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Spoiled fan base. Wings are rebuilding and still competing for a playoff spot. Teams would love to be in their position right now. Deal with it. They’ll use free agency, buyouts and expiring contracts to deal with the problems on the roster over the summer.

Posted by jpellek on 04/02/13 at 01:49 PM ET

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So…

why do we leave so much cap space for the trade deadline every year?

If our prospects are so good, why can’t we get a player who’s ready today—not who’ll be good after four years of over-ripening—in return for one of them?  If they’re not so good, why hold on to them all?

If the barn and all the horses in it are so good, why are we a .500 team that’s even in goals scored this year?

The management of assets on this team is baffling.

Posted by captaineclectic on 04/02/13 at 01:49 PM ET

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I must be wrong, but I thought part of the CBA is that if the cap goes down, all players under contract automatically get their pay cut by the percentage the cap went down.

You are indeed wrong.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/02/13 at 01:54 PM ET

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sounds more like spoiled management - how many sold out games have we given the wings organization? we expect a winning team

Posted by diesel44 on 04/02/13 at 01:54 PM ET

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Well we will know by tomorrow one way or the other.  To go all chicken little on you:  he could be worried about getting lambasted in the press when Detroit misses the playoffs and he 1) didn’t acquire anyone at the deadline, 2) moved out Filpulla and White for picks.  It’s safer to say he likes the team as it is and oh, hey look Carlo Colaiacovo is back in the line-up.  That’s like a player at the trade deadline for nothing right?

Posted by Django on 04/02/13 at 02:47 PM ET

I seriously think the organization has become too invested in the playoff streak.  Holland’s moves the past 4 years or so seem more designed to get the Wings in the playoffs than give them a good chance to win the Cup.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/02/13 at 01:56 PM ET

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no one wants buyouts - their is a reason their being bought out - underperforming players with bad attitudes who get hurt alot

and our ufa pickups the last couple years have been atrocious - cant wait for booth or kesler to want to play in front of their family and get hurt again

Posted by diesel44 on 04/02/13 at 01:57 PM ET

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Posted by jpellek on 04/02/13 at 02:49 PM ET

You can be happy withe mediocrity if you want, but I want my favourite team to be good.

Not just good enough to lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Posted by Garth on 04/02/13 at 01:57 PM ET

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There’s no point in doing a trade this year. The team is 2-3 players away from being a contender, and they’re not gonna find players worth a damn at the deadline that will address that issue or long term issues. Cleary, Filppula, White, Sammy will likely be gone next year. You’ve added a good young D-man and have 5 more in the pipeline. Nyquist has improved, as has Tatar. Trading those guys for a Jagr or Bouwmeester type player isn’t the elixir the organization needs at this point. Its the reality.

Posted by jpellek on 04/02/13 at 01:59 PM ET

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There’s no point in doing a trade this year. The team is 2-3 players away from being a contender, and they’re not gonna find players worth a damn at the deadline that will address that issue or long term issues.

Is there a rule that only allows teams to acquire rental players at the deadline?

I guess I missed that.

Trading those guys for a Jagr or Bouwmeester type player isn’t the elixir the organization needs at this point. Its the reality.

It’s funny that you use a made up a fantasy trade that nobody ever thought would happen to support your point and then use the word “reality”.

Posted by Garth on 04/02/13 at 02:05 PM ET

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so i can look forward to our top six forwards being hank, bertuzzi if he doesnt retire, brunner, pavel, abdelkader and franzen?

kinda looks silly when pittsburgs is crosby malkin neal kunitz dupuis cooke

or bostons bergeron krejci marchand seguin horton lucic peverly

or chicago kane toews hossa saad sharp bickell stalberg

Posted by diesel44 on 04/02/13 at 02:09 PM ET

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Agree Garth, playoffs mean nothing as this team can’t compete in the real season and hasn’t been able to for 4 years.

Sell Fil, Cleary, Colo, White to stockpile picks.  Wings probably still make the playoffs “losing” all these guys.  Cleary and White were worth nothing about 3 weeks ago, but they’ve gone on a little run here and can get you a 4th or 5th.  Some team out there needs Holland’s infamous “depth.”

Posted by jkm2011 on 04/02/13 at 02:10 PM ET

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I’m not so sure I agree with getting rid of Colo.  even after barely playing this year he looked damn good last night.  he’s the closest thing we have to a puck-moving defenseman at this point.  the rest of them are like keystone cops trying to get the puck out of the zone.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/02/13 at 02:19 PM ET

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He’s not helpful from the press box/trainer’s room.

Posted by captaineclectic on 04/02/13 at 02:20 PM ET

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yeah but he’s back to playing.  I say see what he does rest of the year and the POs (assuming we make it) then decide on him this summer…

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/02/13 at 02:22 PM ET

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It’s very simple then, the prices too high?  Sellers market?  Start cutting some dead weight then.  The Wings need to cut bait with guys they know will not be around next year.  San Jose did it with their guys that were not in their plans, Holland needs to do the same.  I am sick of hearing how he did nothing because the “prices were too high” if that’s the case, become a seller.

Posted by bababooey on 04/02/13 at 02:26 PM ET

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I think most on here agree.  Giving up prospects or pick for JBO wasn’t the right move.  If the forgone conclusion is we may not make the playoffs this year then move everyone you can for picks or young talent in the forward ranks.  It appears we have enough prospects on D.  That being said, make an aggressive move for a top pair D.  Right now I am not sure we have one top pair dman.  If our prospects will not be top line talent for a few years and KH won’t make any moves they have given up on Pav and Z.  Shame.  Shoot me now, but if management has given up on finding help for Pav and Z then why not trade them.  Pav is certainly a rental and will be off to Russia with love if nothing is done to help them.  Management gave up on putting a winning product on the ice a few years ago.  They are happy with a mediocre product as long as it keeps the playoff streak alive.  As long as that happens season ticket holders keep buying tickets.  They keep making money.  Just one level better than the cap floor dwellers.  They can still fill the seats and sell merchandise.  Mr I has turned his attention to the tigers.  Fire away shoot me down.

Posted by murph1jj on 04/02/13 at 02:28 PM ET

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kinda looks silly when pittsburgs is crosby malkin neal kunitz dupuis cooke
or bostons bergeron krejci marchand seguin horton lucic peverly
or chicago kane toews hossa saad sharp bickell stalberg

Come on, man.  In this, the day of the salary cap, you can’t have a team like those you listed.  And you certainly can’t add Iginla or Jagr to that mix either.  It’s just not possible.

And if, somehow, you are lucky enough to do something even close to that top six (which, as I said, is impossible…come on, show me ONE team that has a top six like any of those you listed…you can’t, because it doesn’t exist!), you can only—I repeat, ONLY—do it through drafting.  Every single guy on each of thos teams’ top six was drafted by the team he is currently on.  It’s not like Neal, Kunitz, Dupuis, Cook, Horton, Peverly, Hossa, Sharp and Stalberg were brought in from elsewhere to complement their respective teams’ homegrown talent.

Posted by Garth on 04/02/13 at 02:30 PM ET

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Paul I got to say I wasn’t to impressed with him last night.  I thought he looked every bit as bad as White, Smith and Kindl in the last half of the game.  Even his nice poke check was due to him being caught absolutely flat footed.

That said, it was his first game back and he’s played probably less than 50 minutes all season so the sample size is pretty small.

Posted by Django on 04/02/13 at 02:34 PM ET

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I’m so sick of this “you can’t fix it all at once, so don’t fix any of it at all” attitude.  that is a recipe for failure.

That’s completely wrong.  The problem with your position is that you must assume a) the transactions made now fix anything substantively anyway, b) they’ll fix the issues next year and c) they won’t just create more, larger problems that will need to be fixed down the road.

Broadly, yes, it’s pretty stupid to make asset-intensive short-term acquisitions when the short-term improvement is dwarfed by the long-term cost.

In application, this means it’s pretty stupid to add one or two guys this year which might make the 2013 Wings marginally better when the cost of doing so stands as much or more chance to make the Wings as much or more worse for a number of years down the line.

If we were talking about a Wings team that’s one of the 2 or 3 best in the West already and that was among the legit favorites to win a Cup this year, the whole profit-loss equation tilts somewhat.  Overpaying a little bit in that kind of situation is different.  Sort of.

This year?  Thought exercise:

If the Wings added Bouwmeester, Jagr and Roy… all freaking 3 of them… would they be one of the top 3 teams in the West and/or one of the top 5 teams in the NHL?  I really don’t think they would.  And hell, even if they were you’d be talking about 2-3#1’s, 4-6 prospects and a couple roster players.

It’s raising the bet in Hold’Em when you have K-7.  Oh, there’s a 9% chance you’ll flop a winning hand but that other 91% of the time is going to send you to the poor house.

Same deal here.

Sure, the Wings could add a couple guys at deadline prices that are greater than the guy is worth, and it would possibly make them a little better… but so what?  What are we really talking about here?  Going from a first round out to a second round out?  Going from losing in 5 to losing in 7?

It’s a stupid, pointless sucker bet of the type that sets organizations back years.

I’d give Holland maybe a 50% chance at being able to get the Wings back into the top 5 on the NHL within the next 3-5 years assuming he doesn’t get any top 12 picks and has to cobble that club together with middle-round picks and FA acquisitions.

If he goes brain-dead and starts making moves just to make the dopes around here feel sated by deadline activity that number goes to 10%, tops.

The Wings are going to need every single draft pick they have between now and then to come anywhere near replenishing both their roster and their system to the point they need to get to in order to be able to afford finishing touches on the roster via trades and FA.

Moving assets now to go from having a 11% chance to win a Cup to a 12% chance is, as mentioned before, pretty stupid.

Maybe if Detroit can trade for a guy who is already signed for multiple years or something, maybe then.  But for an ostensible rental player?  Dumb suggestion.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 04/02/13 at 02:37 PM ET

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It’s funny that you use a made up a fantasy trade that nobody ever thought would happen to support your point and then use the word “reality”.

Name me one player available out there that Detroit could trade for that would make the team instantly better without sacrificing future players. There isn’t one, and management realizes this. You don’t just make a move for the sake of making a move. I’m sure pieces will come available over the summer with the cap going down and buyouts occurring that could, but right now its not possible. You wanna move players like White and Fil for picks, go ahead, but that’s all you can really do.

This team will be fixed in the offseason one way or the other, but not at the deadline this year.

Posted by jpellek on 04/02/13 at 02:44 PM ET

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If the deadline prices are too high and the market is thin then why doesn’t the Wings brass start moving out the deadweight?

Posted by bababooey on 04/02/13 at 02:46 PM ET

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Those players aren’t available right now, at least not without endangering the team’s abilty to re-sign its own UFA’s and RFA’s-to-be, and at least not without endangering the team’s long-term future. The Wings won’t sell both the barn and the horses in the stable for one stud horse.

Sorry I have to ask the question.  If the Wings are currently mediocre and not going anywhere, at least as far as ufa’s go, what’s the fascination with re-signing their own ufa’s?  I take that comment to mean there is no potential ufa to be had out there that is better than the Wings crop of potential ufa’s, that’s absurd.

Posted by bababooey on 04/02/13 at 02:51 PM ET

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You wanna move players like White and Fil for picks, go ahead, but that’s all you can really do.

My concern is that they don’t even do this.  We shall see.

Posted by Django on 04/02/13 at 02:56 PM ET

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The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.