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Detroit GM: 'We might not make the playoffs'

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08:22 AM ET 01.17 | Coming out of the lockout, change greets Detroit more harshly than most and a 21-season streak is on the line. The hands fly about in various directions as Ken Holland accentuates the point he's making. His voice pitches at the unlikely intersection of comforting and confounding. "There's the possibility that we might not make the playoffs this year," the Wings general manager said Wednesday at the Detroit Sportscasters Association luncheon at Hockeytown Cafe. "But nobody can run and hide from you any longer in this league. You can't stockpile players. You're constantly tweaking." ... With all the questions, Holland concedes there's a little extra anticipation this season. But he tempers that with the realization that he's no different than other GM right now.

Detroit Free Press

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January 17, 2013  08:53 AM ET

I find it hard to believe that Detroit will finish lower than 8th in their conference.

January 17, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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I find it hard to believe that Detroit will finish lower than 8th in their conference.

I would also.
I would also find it hard to believe that these guys don't read our comments on these threads. Many's the time I see a story following something we were all talking about

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January 17, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Child, PLEASE! !!

January 17, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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A lot of ifs.IF Howard stays healthy and can steal a few games for them.IF their D can recover from losing one of the best d-men of all time.IF Franzen can adapt his game to fill a little more of the role Holmstrom did.IF Brunner can score at will.IF Holland can weasel out a few deals......Detroit will be just fine.

pretty much agree on all points danny.... if they want it they're gonna have to work for it...no coasting into the playoffs here. As far as deals go .... Holland would have to be Houdini to get something good and preserve a core here

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January 17, 2013  09:34 AM ET

I think you'd go broke betting against Detroit.

January 17, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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To be honest, i'm kinda looking towards Anaheim here. Not per se this season, but if i'm Getz and Perry and Kenny comes knocking, i'd listen. Wouldn't solve their D problems, but...

Defense is where they're lacking tho.... yeah nobody is going to fill Nicks shoes that's for sure...but they need one or two top and second liners on the team. Scoring goals isn't the problem...keeping them out of our net is.

January 17, 2013  09:53 AM ET

To***to GM: 'We might not make the playoffs'

Fixed.

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January 17, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Because I never mentioned it...I like Michel Therrien, if only because he's a walking soundbite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agL3NHgb8Rk

January 17, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Uh, Ken Holland...if WE do not make the playoffs, you can go look for another job. Or, we can reassign you to simply make pizzas at The Joe. With Ilitch's money, there is no reason why the GM of the Red Wings cannot be more aggressive and creative with trades, signings and the salary cap.
Ken, get to work, or lose your job!

January 17, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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I smell fear.

No we've got the Monster now.....that's something else you smell.

January 17, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Nothing like telling the troops before they go into battle, "probably gonna lose..."

January 17, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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Because I never mentioned it...I like Michel Therrien, if only because he's a walking soundbite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agL3NHgb8Rk



Ya gotta make it easy POTF. A lot of short attention spans around here. ;-)

January 17, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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Ya gotta make it easy POTF. A lot of short attention spans around here. ;-)

that's your job.

the 2 faovrites in this clip are:

'i think...we try to be...the worst defense-squad in tha ligue'.

and...

'and kovachu'

 
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