The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/05/14 at 05:46 PM ET
I'm still trying to make heads and tails of the David Legwand deal (for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a 3rd round pick that becomes a 2nd rounder if the Wings make the playoffs) and why the Wings traded what TSN's Bob McKenzie suggested might really have been--as I'd been told--a Calle Jarnkrok possibly intent upon returning to Sweden but also standing as one of the Wings' top-of-the-tip-of-the-top prospects to Nashville; I'm still stunned to have heard that Pavel Datsyuk's been shut down for 3 weeks (basically the rest of the month), that Darren Helm's dealing with "concussion protocol" and that Stephen Weiss might not be back until next week; I'm honestly a little floored by Mike Babcock's comments regarding the Wings' youth movement (a change of philosophy for the coach?), and while today's practice was sedate, the Ilitches' statement about Mr. I's health was scary.
I'm a ball of emotions having witnessed the Wings smartly ducked out of the Kesler sweepstakes but having sent one of my favorite prospects south in what the Windsor Star's Bob Duff is deeming a "panic move," but Duff did at least capture Holland speaking with the press...
As did Fox Sports Detroit...
And the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...
The Predators just posted a video of their GM, David Poile, discussing Legwand's exit and Eaves and Jarnkrok's additions...
But the point of Wednesday's activities at the Joe was supposed to actually talk about Nicklas Lidstrom's legacy, as Mike Babcock did after practice...
And, via RedWingsFeed, the Wings posted the entirety of Nicklas Lidstrom's 21-minute media availability earlier this afternoon:
While I was writing this, the Free Press's Helene St. James also posited the following:
You may also take these for what you will:
I'd heard repeated rumbles that a player who didn't take part in summer camps and took part in his first prospect camp last fall wanted to play for his hometown team after all, and there's also this...
Busy day, emotional day, complicated day, and there are no easy answers as to whether the Wings have made the "right" or "wrong" personnel moves.
We'll find out over the course of the remainder of this regular season, we'll find out if the Wings make the playoffs, and we'll find out as Jarnkrok either develops over here or develops somewhere else.
Was ALL of this worth the cost?
You and I won't know for a while. Nor will the Wings' players, coaches or management. That's just the way hockey works--and the way life works. It's *#$%@& complicated.
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