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Holland wants Wings to make playoff push before he explores trades

Mar 7, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

Ken Holland

Ken Holland wants to be a buyer at the April 3 trade deadline, but first the Red Wings general manager needs his team to win some games before he considers adding assets for a Stanley Cup run.

At the moment, the Wings (11-8-4, 6th in the West) are right on the bubble. They host Edmonton tonight, then have back-to-back games versus Columbus. So at least in the near-term, Holland may get his wish.

“First off, we got to win some games; we got to be in a position where we think we’re a playoff team and it makes good business sense,” Holland said, per “If we don’t win enough games, that decision is going to be made for me.

“We got to assess our team over the next 2-3 weeks and see if we’re in a position to be a playoff team. Then we’ll explore.”

The Wings haven’t missed the postseason since 1989-90; however, that’s a possibility their remarkable run ends this season, which happens to be their first since 1990-91 without one of the best defenseman of all time, Nicklas Lidstrom.

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  1. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Kenny needs to learn the difference between got and have

    • redwings1977 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      And you need to learn how to punctuate your sentences. See, other people can be dicks about grammar too.

  2. letthecoldcome - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Why does everyone think that the Wings aren’t capable of making the playoffs without Lidstrom? They’re still up there in the standings and they’re playing good hockey. Getting kinda sick of hearing it.

    • Jason Brough - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Nobody thinks they’re incapable. They think Lidstrom was really, really good.

  3. letthecoldcome - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Fair enough.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    It’s easy misterchainbluelightning: Kenny ‘got’ one Stanley Cup as assistant general manager and three Stanley Cups as general manager! And, he will ‘have’ several more Stanley Cups before he hands it all over to Jim Nill. Wings rule, so does Holland…

  5. clefty1 - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    The Wings are starting to play better overall as a team.

  6. fido1949 - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I think the Wings just needed a little time to figure out “how do we play without Nick?’. This may be why the kids we brought up are doing so well; they never played with Lidstrom so didn’t have any habits to break. Whatever, they seem to have it sorted out now!

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