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Pulling For Mac in Peterborough

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.

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Divers and Dives

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.

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You’ll Be Shocked

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….

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Will Mac Get His Shot?

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.”

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Take a Seat Nik, It’s Almost Spring

Update: 2310St. 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.

 

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Kenny’s Goal: Keep Sundin Out of Anaheim

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.

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Bettman: “We’re Placing a Team In Cancun!”

No, not Gary Bettman.  Those are the words of Sally Bettman, Gary’s twin sister…a big Hamiltonian woman who was one of the 3,223 Canadians I met in Mexico.  She told me, and I agreed, that the entire nation had decided to vacation in Cancun.  She also told me, and I definitely agreed, that every drink at an all-inclusive resort is watered down to Bud Light level.

But that wasn’t the strange part.  Wanna know what was?  Of course you do.

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Stress Train? What Stress Train?

Oh…like you didn’t know I’m kind of a reactionary.  Yeah, I’m still stressed about the Zetterberg back issue.  On the eve prior to a Cancun vacation, I kept my family awake discussing scenarios that would lessen the blow if Hank were to miss extended periods of time. Is the family happy with me?  Oh no. Decidedly no.  But are they more aware, better equipped to discuss certain items of importance to me while we’re all on vacation? Oh yes.

Hey.  Happy about last night.  Of course you are.  It’s always fun to beat the Poultry, especially in their coop.  I’m glad you’re happy. It warms me.

But…

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Who The Hell Is Running This League?

Updated 23 Jan to include quote from Niedermayer

The NHL is a laughingstock in the US and too many of us continue to throw up our hands and wonder why.  A lockout that accomplished nothing, other than alienating millions who needed a reason not to watch hockey.  A TV contract (renewed for three years today) with a network half the US doesn’t receive, a network that actually employs the likes of Brian Engblom and Keith Jones as their “experts”, not to mention Joe Beninati (spelling? Don’t care) as its primary play-by-play voice—a guy who’s a joke even in his hometown. 

Shootouts that have become a farce, parlor tricks for the idiotic.  A pathetic schedule, Dominique Wilkens judging all-star shootout competitions, hockey in Miami and Nashville and a second-string Cleveland Brown quarterback with more time in tv ads than Sidney Crosby.

All that evidence of absolute ineptitude at the top and now this…

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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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