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Were Wing Injuries Willie’s Ticket To Chicago?

Yeah, I think so.  If not for the uncertainty surrounding the Kopecky situation, Dan Cleary’s injury and Samuelsson’s foot, I’m not so sure the Boy Wonder makes the Calder deal.  But, deal he did and the Wings bring in some grit.

In Calder’s case, as you’ve all discussed by now, there is great potential and even statistical proof that there is a good chance that he may be the type of player who could bolster the Wings waning offense.

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After scoring 26 goals for Chicago two seasons ago, Calder was part of the housecleaning purge conducted by the Blackhawks last summer. He was dealt to the Flyers for Michal Handzus. But Calder never recaptured the magic in Philly. He has just nine goals and 12 assists and, worse, is an obscene minus-31 in 59 games this year. Detroit clearly hopes that Calder can recapture the offensive magic as he returns to the Western Conference and joins a veteran team with serious aspiration to win the West.

Smart people use the term “obscene” in less than obvious places. I’ve always felt that and would appreciate no argument on the subject. 

Bottom line on this deal:  Williams may have been set up by Uncle Mike, when he gave him too much responsibiity too early…then stuck with him on the PP after everyone but him saw that little Willie was a disaster on point.  How many times did I whine about his lack of puck control?  73 I think was the latest tally.

So, Holland sees his team falling apart physically and deals for the second tier forward we all knew was coming.  But Deep Digging captain Khan(!) feels more will follow, perhaps even one William Guerin.

The Wings are still heavily pursuing St. Louis Blues forward Bill Guerin, according to a source. As of Monday night, the asking price was too high. But, the Wings believe he won’t cost as much today. If the Blues don’t re-sign Guerin, they’ll have to trade him or risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Jesus…did Khan(!) just dip into the “according to a source” cess pool usually infested by Strickland and Klessel?  Here’s your source Ansar: me.  And this source still contends Guerin’s not coming to Hockeytown for no other reason than the little Blues hate them some Wings.

Khan(!) does re-hash some other options, citing Bertuzzi, Stumpel or Gelinas as possibilities.  Heck throw Horton in there too while we’re dinking around.

Oh, and for those of you who think Hank Zetterberg might be kinda good and valuable:  out tonite with back spasms.


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