Abel to Yzerman
Just when you thought you’d had all the Wing gear you could handle. Your bulkheads are covered in banners. Your wardrobe is red, white and white, red. Every hat, every t-shirt, every gym bag…all Red Wing.
Well, because I care, I bring you the penultimate (there you go Baroque) addition to your Wing collection.
Updated 0956: quick analysis (at bottom of this post) of several Wing forwards who left, and how they fared the next season.
Dan Cleary may have made himself a few bucks last night. We’ll get to that in a minute. First, I see that Teemu Selanne registered a point in his first game back. That’s nice. That’s a nice story. I guess, and I’ll have to check with the league office on this one…I guess with one point in one game, he’s now considered a Hart front runner? How disappointing that he couldn’t have planned just a little bit better, a return one or two games before the All Star break so that he could have justified a starter’s role in Atlanta.
Cleary? Just a minute. I’m not a big Peter Forsberg fan. Can’t quite put my finger on it. Something nags at me about him and I have trouble figuring it out.
Update 2229: Wings win 3-2 in OT. Guess the “best teams” don’t always win. In “Hockeytown” too.
Update 2027: Give the “best team” the Cup they deserve. Tied 1-1 two minutes after the last update which was the cause of the goal which led to this update.
Update 2024: Wings lead the “best team in hockey” 1-0. I’m just sayin’. Still early. I’m sure, even though the Wings are 13-0-2 against the NW, that the “best team” will prevail.
I’m worried. Worried sick I tell you. Stressing. Total anguish. A seventeen point lead in the conference is not enough on February 5th. To confirm it, check out Wild Puck Banter. The State of Hockey is right on our heels.
Pretty good piece from Don Barrie of the Peterborough Examiner. Darren McCarty played there briefly back in ‘88.
...the Wings will be watching to see if Darren could be worth signing at the trade deadline in February.
His value to previous Red Wing teams has not been forgotten.
Is there any wonder all of Michigan and every Red Wing’s fan anywhere is pulling for Darren McCarty to get it together and make it back, all the way to the Wings?
Here in Peterborough those who remember the very personable and likeable Darren from those days 20 years ago, must also be on his side.
Scott Hannan was pushed. Brett Lebda did it. I saw it. Dominik Hasek dove. I didn’t see that but I can assume it. Hejduk’s goal should have counted, but it didn’t. And all of that made me smile last night, and still warms me this morning. Somewhere in Denver the 6 remaining Dive fans angrily switched back to the Oxygen Channel, convinced the world is against them.
And we laughed at them.
I’ve decided to do something a little different and act like a juvenile for a moment. I know. I know. You’re staggered.
Did you happen to see that Tarnstrom has been dealt to Columbus?
Do you see it coming? You must have at least an idea….
Updated at 0809 EST with more hard-hitting analysis below.
Look. I’m completely objective. I think you all realize that by now. It’s who I am. Neutral. Geneva-like. So, I post this picture with no agenda. Like Gene Hackman said in “Hoosiers” while Jimmy Chitwood was draining jumpers pretending not to listen, “Because it’s what I believe, I don’t care if you play for the team or not.”
Update: 2310. St. James checks in with a quote from Lidstrom.
Wings trainer Piet Van Zant specified the injury was to the joint that connects the sternum to the clavicle. In past seasons Kronwall has been sidelined by a fractured sacrum, torn knee and broken leg.
“It didn’t look good for him the way he went into the boards,” Nicklas Lidstrom said.
Update: 2251. Some more of the Diggers are chiming in, while other Diggers appeared to have stayed home. Khan(!) has a bit here. George Malik, not a digger..good on ya, has even more here. Helene St. James still hasn’t made good on her promise to udpate and that makes me sad.
Ted Kulfan? Still hanging on to his post-All Star Game euphoria from Monday. Take it slow Ted. Gonna be a long second half.
So you’re thinking Rob Blake may be a possibility in Dynastic Red and White? Oh yes, you are.
Me? I don’t think we need him all that much. But the discussion around the former piece of trash Dive has me reminiscing about some not so pleasant trade-deadline evolutions.
About Abel to Yzerman
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: firstname.lastname@example.org