Abel to Yzerman
Good evening, ladies and germs, it's your "fun" Uncle Red here, trying to bring the boys some good luck...
Helm too, eh? Well hasn't this just been a peach of a season so far...
Mike Commodore did an interview with KHL.hr and PuckDaddy tranlated it...
"They offered me a one-year deal worth one million. My gut was screaming: “Don't take it, you've got one chance, if it doesn't go well, you're done in the NHL!”
“I told my agent: ‘I don't want to play in Detroit for Mike Babcock, I don't trust him. Call him back and tell him thank you, we'll get back to you.’
"My agent then told me the GM put a 15-minute time limit on the offer. I needed to make up my mind in 15 minutes or he was gonna pull the offer off the table. This was July 1st, free agency had just started 10 minutes prior. I called the GM and told him: ‘Ken, Mike Commodore here, I like you, you're a good guy. Is it you who wants me or the coach?’ Ken Holland said that he wanted me and so did Babcock. So I told him that I would love to play for Ken, and I would love to play for the red wings, but that I didn't trust the coach from previous experience. So I called the coach, by now I had 10 minutes left.
"I called him: ‘Babs, Mike Commodore here. Please be honest with me, do you want me on your hockey team or not?’ He said he did. I wanted to know if I’d get an opportunity. I told him I am not looking for anything special, but that I needed to know if I was gonna get a fair shot and a chance to play. He said ‘I want you on my team. You will get a fair chance. We need someone physical on the back end with a right shot. I want you. You will play.’
“I hung up the phone, five minutes left. My gut screamed ‘Say No!’ This coach screwed me over nine years ago. He buried me in the paper after I had a good camp in Anaheim. He buried me so I would look bad so he could then play his boy from juniors who was an undrafted rookie at camp that year ... Kurt Sauer.
Helm out tomorrow, will have MRI today on injured shoulder.
Datysuk skated but still not sure of his return date and Bertuzzi says he will tell Babcock he wants to play tomorrow in Jersey.
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press is now thinking what many of you want to happen...
Danny DeKeyser is starting a comeback from a separated shoulder suffered Nov. 21, taking to the ice daily and increasing what he does. Realistically, he's still about two weeks away, but when he is ready, he'll need to be removed from long-term injured reserve. Right now, that can't be done without something else happening.
Here's what that something should be: trading defenseman Kyle Quincey.
Quincey has been mediocre since arriving via trade in February 2012. He's currently minus-9, worst on the team, and has just three points, all assists, after 29 games. That's not much of a return for a guy with a $3.775-million salary cap hit. If he could be flipped for a cheaper veteran defenseman or even a draft pick, the Wings would greatly improve their salary cap situation.
There are other ways to make room for DeKeyser. Henrik Zetterberg could be put on LTIR because of a small herniated disc. He'll likely have missed six games before he even begins practicing; LTIR requires a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. So that's one scenario.
Waiving someone such as Mikael Samuelsson would be of no relief: He's over 35 and on a two-year contract, so the entirely of his $3-million salary still counts against the salary cap.
The better scenario would be to unload Quincey.
Franzen, Alfredsson, Weiss then everyone else.
All three of the above will be looked to for scoring especially while Zetterberg and Datsyuk are out of the lineup.
Here is how the power play will look like tonight... Weiss, Franzen and Abdelkader with Kronwall and Alfredsson on the point. The second unit- Helm, Nyquist and Tatar up front with Kindl and Samuelsson on the back end.
Scoring could be an issue which means the defensive zone play must improve, including the play of Jimmy Howard.
We are about to find out how this version of the DRW will play-out.
Zetterberg out for at least two weeks? <sarcasm> AWESOME! </sarcasm>
Holland announce Zetterberg out at least 2 weeks with a herniated disc, plus Datsyuk is not skating today.
Bertuzzi may be back tomorrow is the only positive news today.
If there every was a time for Weiss to break out of his slump, this is the time.
added 11:39am, via Khan tweets,
Looks will Franzen will return to center to replace Zetterberg on line with Nyquist and Bertuzzi. Other lines the same in practice.
And the other lines are 8-43-11, 20-18-21, 71-90-37. D pairs the same: 52-55, 27-2, 23-4
added 11:55am, via St. James tweet,
Henrik Zetterberg (hernia) said he doesn't expect even to practice for 2 weeks.
Nick Kronwall was just on Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon and the talk was mostly regarding Alfredsson and 24/7.
After Krowall signed-off, Nick Kypreos made a statement something like this, Kronwall is a great defenseman, but not a #1. Maybe a 2 or 3 and Holland needs to find a #1 defenseman.
Agree, disagree and as Kronwall said in the interview, the Wings' defense has tried to replace Lidstrom by committee.
Now what do we do?
My plan is to continue posting in Abel to Yzerman for this season then come up with a game plan for the future.
Either RedMenance or I will continue to post a live blog until a regular blogger or bloggers step forward.
If any of the 19 wish to do the live blog, fee free to leave a comment or email me.
If you want to form a group of bloggers, that is fine be me but I will not be able to organize a posting schedule, that would be up to you to do.
So give me your thoughts, ideas on how we can maintain this great blog moving forward.
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