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Strike 3 For Holland?

He lies to the deep diggers, talks on tiny high-tech cell phones and it would appear that he uses a liberal amount of goop in his hair.  All these factors point to this: Kenny Holland’s a secretive, sneaky kid. 

And I happen to have a hunch that our boy Kenny has something up his sleeve.  What?  I don’t know.  I’m still recovering from being compared to Jiri Hudler yesterday, so my head is kind of reeling.  But, something’s nagging at me.

It could be my firm belief that if Holland doesn’t do something by tomorrow afternoon, it will be his third consecutive failure (last deadline, the Summer of Ken, and now this deadline).  I think he, and Ilitch, see that and the pressure’s on our boy wonder.

So, what would an unexpected move consist of?  A Sundin perhaps, or a Hejduk, maybe even a Jokinen? 

Khan(!) uses a Holland quote this morning that he could have pulled out of the Holland file for any of the last three years.

“The so-called rental-player price is significantly higher than it’s been in the past . . . Maybe sellers figure there’s a lot of buyers,’’ Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re prepared to deal some futures—prospects or draft picks—but we’re not going to empty the cupboard to make one more run at the (Stanley) Cup.’‘

Liar.  Not only would Holland deal a roster player (Anyone off the second line, for instance…or, heck, the ENTIRE second line), but I think he will.  He and Khan(!) probably giggled like chicks after he said that.  “Do you REALLY want me to print that?” 

Hudler’s on the table, so’s Williams, so’s Lang.  You think Kindl’s untouchable? Wrong.  I look at that quote from Holland,  and take that to mean he’s thinking the exact opposite.  Because that’s how Holland does business.  It’s sneaky and dishonest and admirable.

But it doesn’t always lead to anything.  Don’t get me wrong, last year’s Cory Cross deal shook the hockey world to its very core.  But, that was the exception.

The cupboard Holland refers to contains an insane goaltender on his, likely, last go round.  Hasek’s presence guarantees Holland smells the chance at a Cup and wouldn’t mind emptying that cupboard for “one more run.”

Jason Blake?  Nice pick up.  Similar to a Smolinski deal.  Effective, but I think Holland’s looking bigger.  As I said yesterday, I’m convinced Guerin’s out of the question, but not because of price.  If St. Louis could swallow their jealousies,  Detroit’s offer would be substantial.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com