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08:29 AM ET 06.04 | When it comes to the free agent signing period, Red Wings GM Ken Holland is willing to change his M.O. this time around. Holland is eyeing Nashville's Ryan Suter if the Predators can't sign him. Holland has said with respect to the prize free agents (Zach Parise is in the same boat), he would be willing to trade for their negotiating rights, usually a window of a few days around the draft and before July 1 when they hit the marketplace for one and all. "I've never done it and it would depend on what the price is, but I'm not opposed to anything," said Holland, who knows the Philadelphia Flyers have made a history of trading for negotiating rights of UFAs such as Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and the Predators' Dan Hamhuis.

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June 4, 2012  08:53 AM ET

But doesn't Detroit want all of them?

June 4, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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But doesn't Detroit want all of them?

when Preds sign Suter....who will they talk about next??

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June 4, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Detroit is in for a rude awakening...not the slice of heaven for hockey players that everyone is making it out to be.

June 4, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Detroit is in for a rude awakening...not the slice of heaven for hockey players that everyone is making it out to be.

Blasphemy! Tie yourself to a stake and set yourself on fire!

June 4, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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Blasphemy! Tie yourself to a stake and set yourself on fire!

I approve this message.

June 4, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Detroit is in for a rude awakening...not the slice of heaven for hockey players that everyone is making it out to be.

And how long have you played for Detroit????

June 4, 2012  09:40 AM ET

"I've never done it and it would depend on what the price is, but I'm not opposed to anything," said Holland....

Well, I don't see that Holland has many other options available to him at this point. It's almost desperation time. Unless ........... the Wings want to pull an 'Oilers' and go for next year's #1 draft pick! They'll have to battle the Oilers, CBJ and Toronto very hard for the privilege though.

June 4, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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And how long have you played for Detroit????

He's just speaking from a Montreal Canadiens' fan perspective. Personal experience is very valuable in these things, you know.

June 4, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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Blasphemy! Tie yourself to a stake and set yourself on fire!

Stand by my comments...with Lidstrom gone, their D gets even barer and their lack of a goalie doesn't help the situation...way too many holes to fill...Datsyuk and Zetterberg have needed help and it hasn't been coming...the Wings playoffs the past few seasons have shown this.
Empty seats all around the building (and don't blame the age of the building) even during the playoffs...not good. Are Parise, Suter and whomever else going to be the answer? I don't think so!

June 4, 2012  10:16 AM ET

Holland open to trade for negotiating rights


To what? Dutch chocolate?

June 4, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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Stand by my comments...with Lidstrom gone, their D gets even barer and their lack of a goalie doesn't help the situation...way too many holes to fill...Datsyuk and Zetterberg have needed help and it hasn't been coming...the Wings playoffs the past few seasons have shown this.Empty seats all around the building (and don't blame the age of the building) even during the playoffs...not good. Are Parise, Suter and whomever else going to be the answer? I don't think so!

With Holland as GM and the record he has, I bet there are plenty of players willing to go to Detroit even if it means a year or two getting back to prominence. There are a few teams out there that are run really well and players look for that as FAs.

June 4, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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With Holland as GM and the record he has, I bet there are plenty of players willing to go to Detroit even if it means a year or two getting back to prominence. There are a few teams out there that are run really well and players look for that as FAs.

I agree, reputations are not made overnight...though they can break down far faster...but Detroit has a good rep for good reason...

June 4, 2012  11:38 AM ET
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Stand by my comments...with Lidstrom gone, their D gets even barer and their lack of a goalie doesn't help the situation...way too many holes to fill...Datsyuk and Zetterberg have needed help and it hasn't been coming...the Wings playoffs the past few seasons have shown this.Empty seats all around the building (and don't blame the age of the building) even during the playoffs...not good. Are Parise, Suter and whomever else going to be the answer? I don't think so!

Number 4 in attendance this year, the numbers speak for themselves. And don't give me the "well that stats might say that, but looking at the games..." bit, what we have, quantifiably, are attendance records.

June 4, 2012  11:38 AM ET
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I bet there are plenty of players willing to go to Detroit

Hockey is the only context in which this sentence is not laughable.

June 4, 2012  11:45 AM ET

I don't think the Wings can fix everything they need this year all at once. But it's never been panic in Detroit for 20 years and Holland will make good choices like always.

June 4, 2012  11:54 AM ET
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Number 4 in attendance this year, the numbers speak for themselves. And don't give me the "well that stats might say that, but looking at the games..." bit, what we have, quantifiably, are attendance records.

Empty seats are probably more indicitive of the auto industry struggles more so than the Red Wings playoff record.

June 4, 2012  12:04 PM ET
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Empty seats are probably more indicitive of the auto industry struggles more so than the Red Wings playoff record.

Yes, I was going to say that the official excuse is the economy, not the old building as he mentions.

June 4, 2012  12:07 PM ET

Who wants to live in Detroit?

 
June 4, 2012  12:15 PM ET
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Who wants to live in Detroit?

Not the point.

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