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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Will McCarty stay long-term?

Interesting quote from general manager Ken Holland: "Ultimately at some point in time, once (Darren) McCarty and Chris Chelios come off (injured reserve), we're going to have to make some moves. We're going to cap out. ... Do we do something here in the next day or two or do we wait?"

When Holland mentioned players coming off the LTIR, he named McCarty and Chelios. There are three on LTIR. Howard will definitely be sent to Grand Rapids when he's healthy. Chelios will definitely stay in Detroit when healthy. Holland grouped McCarty with Chelios, not with Howard.

Sounds like Mac might be in the team's long-range plans.


Anonymous Blake said...


worst news ive heard in along time

October 7, 2008 at 2:29 PM 
Blogger Bob said...

"Holland grouped McCarty with Chelios, not with Howard."

Thanks, Bruce. That's something I would never have picked up on. I guess that's why you're the writer and I'm the reader.

October 7, 2008 at 2:39 PM 
Blogger Kurt said...

I am sure Darren's a good guy but what does he add to this team right now. True, he might be OK as a 13th come playoff time but during the regular season, I just really do not see a role for him unless the wings think he is the "enforcer" on this team. Honestly, I would much rather see Leino at this point.

October 7, 2008 at 4:08 PM 
Blogger Shanahan1414 said...

That's great news in my opinion. I love Darren and what he brings to the Red Wings. He's an enforcer, a fan favorite, works hard, and he can put the puck in the net. He also brings some experience and some leadership to this great team. So as I already said I'm glad he's in our plans.

October 7, 2008 at 7:17 PM 
Anonymous Brandon Allin said...

I love Mac, but like those above me, I just don't think he has much to offer to this team. I'd love to see both Helm and Leino in a Red Wings jersey, but they're better of playing top line minutes in Grand Rapids than riding the pine in Detroit. Bruce, if a forward goes down during the season (which unfortunately will happen eventually), who do you believe will get the call first? Helm or Leino?

October 8, 2008 at 1:27 AM 
Anonymous Garth said...

Or, it could mean that Holland plans on moving either Chelios or McCarty. It's pretty much a given that a) Howard isn't going to be clled up unless one of the goalies is injured, and b) that Howard is a part of their long-term plans, ie. beyond this year. I don't think that can really be said about either McCarty or Chelios. I don't mean to be a pessimist, but this is just another way to look at it.

October 8, 2008 at 8:01 AM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Right now, it looks like Leino would be first on the call-up list, but that's not factoring in the salary cap. Helm is cheaper than Leino and they do love Helm.

October 8, 2008 at 8:46 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mac is back. Its all about chemistry. Darren became a real hockey player his first time around at the Joe. Lets not forget the bashings against the Av's years ago. So he's not a spring chicken. Everyone knows, when it comes down to crunch time, hes got the experience to help with the goals and win the games.

October 8, 2008 at 7:19 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am of the opinion that they do need an enforcer on the team, whether it's Mac or Downs. Detroit has a huge target on it's back with all of the build up hype and expectations. Fighting has been making a (thankful) comeback in the NHL as well...
I want a cop out there.

October 8, 2008 at 8:18 PM 

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