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Forsberg? Forget It

You read between the lines a bit yesterday.  You studied Helene St. James’ blog entry, Forsberg to Wings? and you looked for any kind of subtle hint that she actually had a source with an inside track to Floppa’s line of thinking.  Most of you have already figured this out, but I’m going to give you a little hint.

The most important line of that entire post was the one at the top, just below the headline:  July 29, 2007

In the middle of the summer, with zero Wing news to note, St. James tapped out a few sentences, threw the Holland/Baizley reference in there, and the Free Press generated a couple hundred thousand hits.  A few speculative and not particularly earth shattering paragraphs about why the Wings would consider it, all the same discussions you’ve read on every Wing blog and message board, then the only part that matters: 

4. Why it won’t happen

First, there is a possibility Forsberg will decide to spend a year playing in Sweden.

Second, there’s the Colorado Avalanche factor. The franchise for which Forsberg played for nine seasons has $44 million committed, which gives them about the same cap space as the Wings. Given the upgrades made in signing Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan, as well as the steady presence of Joe Sakic, the Avs look like playoff contenders again and surely would be attractive to Forsberg.

 

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Michigan Sports Blog of the Week: Bless You Boys

Stand by for consistency.  I’m keeping up with the Sports Blog of the Week thing.  This weekend, I offer you a variety of selections then get down to business with the blog of choice.  Found a few interesting ones I liked but haven’t selected for some different reasons.

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Entry #5:  When All Else Fails, Fire Millen

The “Replace the Pathetic Fire On Ice Marketing Disaster With Something Not Designed By a 6 Year Old” contest is picking up steam.  A2Y expatriot TeamDub has returned with a vengeance and a graphic all Detroit fans can relate to.

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Submit your own brilliance .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and be prepared to vote in September.

 

 

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Entry #4: Our Wandering Miracle of Czech Insanity

Arizona has been heard from.  Aaron, an A2Y reader from Phoenix and varsity Photoshop user, has provided us our fourth entry in the “Replace Fire On Ice Because It’s Juvenile, Hastily Designed and Just Plain Sucks” contest.  A reminder:  whoever the 8 dedicated A2Y readers determine has crafted the best graphic/slogan for the upcoming season will win a fantastic prize and an honor that is almost indescribably unique (their graphic will be prominently displayed on the A2Y front page the entire season).

Aaron’s a smart dude.  He knows what causes us pain and has woven it into his graphic and his slogan.  Nothing causes a family more stress than #39 be-bopping outside his crease.

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Easy George

I’m not sure how fond I am of the deep diggers just jumping into the summer fray, offering analysis, after months of inactivity.  I question the motivation a bit.  So, when the Freep’s George Sipple comes out of nowhere and decides to blog a bit about Dustin Penner of all people…I begin to feel clammy and a little scared.

Sure, the Wings could use a 29-goal scorer like Penner (6-foot-4, 243 pounds). But it’s a big commitment to make for a guy that doesn’t always seem to play each shift as if it were his last.

Good point.  The Wings are a team who have stood their ground in that regard.  I can’t recall a single transaction that included shelling out big bucks for a player who doesn’t bring it every shift.

Oh…Robert Lang.  Nevermind.

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Khan(!) Tackles The Mystery That Is Jiri Hudler

Our boy Ansar digs even deeper than we thought possible as he provides yet another gripping “Red Wing Scouting Report.”  Today, the junior Enigma himself.

An Edmonton scout implored the Oilers to select Jiri Hudler with one of the club’s three second-round picks in the 2002 entry draft. When they went against his wishes, it prompted him to remark, “Now Detroit will probably take him.’‘

He was right. When it comes to skilled Europeans, the Wings are not deterred by size.

Insightful.  Perceptive.  Original.  Khan(!).

 

 

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Thursday Odds and Ends

Carol Alt used to be a super model.  Now she’s an ex-super model whose primary job these days is to serve as spokeswoman for oft mis-understood Alexi Yashin.  Clearly, it’s a job she’s taking very seriously, giving significant thought to each idiotic statement she makes.  Example?

Windsor Star

“I think he needs to go where people understood him and where he’s looked at like a god,” Alt said. “He wants to come back (to the NHL), but I just think he needs to clear his head.”

Yes. An excellent point.  Clear the head by finding the one spot on earth where people don’t think you’re the most overrated head case hockey has ever seen.  I’m sure consistent adulation will do wonders for him.

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Wednesday Questions

Updated 2 minutes after I hit “post”:  Almost forgot.  Happy birthday to my little doorknob of a brother.  If any of you see him on the town today or tonite rub his tummy and buy him a cheap warm one for me.

Tick, tock….tick, tock.  Just waiting for the summer to end.  Kenny’s done dealing.  Jimmy D’s had his annual senility-driven rant and it’s still plenty warm enough in Denver for Thomas and his pals to run the street in mascara and Dique jerseys.

Been sitting here for a few minutes considering what kind of brilliance I can provide you and I’m afraid the tank is shockingly empty. Boredom, in my case, can be a little dangerous. The last time I found myself with nothing to write this happened

Some Ho’s are, and have been, proud to be Ho’s.  And I think it’s time we all reflect on the contributions of Ho’s, and what they’ve meant to our society.  If you find that offensive, you need to take a long look in the mirror and asked yourself why you don’t place that kind of value on a Ho, especially one in particular.

That’s right, Don Ho died Saturday.  No Ho ever sang tiny bubbles like that Ho did.  America lost a Ho yesterday, a big-time Ho.

 

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We Have Our Third Entry

Hope the “dude” who felt discussing music wasn’t appropriate for a hockey blog is okay with our little contest.  Because, really, I’ll cancel it if you’re not happy with the content.

Nah.

Pete at Yzerman Is God finally got off his ass and provided us a contest entry.  Not familiar with the contest?  It’s the “Replace the Fire On Ice Red Wing Marketing Campaign With Something That Doesn’t Suck”.  Remember now?

Cool.  Away we go.

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Khan(!)‘s Weekly Scouting Report: Hasek

Stop the presses.  Khan(!) and I agree, mostly, on the unlikely prospect that our Miracle of Czech Insanity can last an entire season mentally and physically healthy.

But, what are the odds that a guy who turns 43 in January can once again make it through the season healthy? It wouldn’t be such a bad thing if he missed some time in the regular season as long as he’s healthy in the playoffs. Once again, the Wings will do what they can to minimize the risk by not overworking him and not playing him on consecutive nights.

What are the odds?  Slim.

In case you didn’t know, our Deep Digger Captain has been providing equally shallow “scouting reports” on the Wings for a few weeks now.  Here are a few more of his efforts. 

Cleary
Homer
Lilja 
Lebda
Kopecky

 

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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