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Sipple: Cleary Ready For Big Year

JV Deep Digger George Sipple, still trying to make his mark in a town that is bursting at the seams with ambitious beat writers, caught up with Dan Cleary and Kris Draper yesterday.  Undoubtedly, Mike Babcock will be relieved to read that both players approve of the lines he’s tentatively floated, the same lines that will change approximately 233 times before Christmas.

“When I look at our team and the depth that we have, obviously management believes we can do it from within,” Cleary said. “Filppula—great young talent. Hudler, Franzen all have the ability to make up the second line.”

Draper agreed.

“You look at Filppula; you look at the year Clears had last year,” Draper said. “From the sounds of it, Pav and Hank are each going to play center. So we can still have a balance of some good lines.”

More from Sipple.

 

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One Day Down. Cast Your Votes Here.

It’s been more than twelve hours since I made the bold statement that I sounded exactly like Ozzy on the way home from work yesterday.  It takes a confident blogger to write that.  I’ll bet Paul wouldn’t.  Well how about this?  I sang “Cool Change” by Little River Band all the way to the house this afternoon and I nailed that sucker too.  That’s called range.

Speaking of which, we have ourselves a day of votes to tally.  Some lucky winner will win some winnings and I, for one, can’t wait to walk up to that winner and wistfully wish them well.  One day down, six to go before we determine the official A2Y graphic guru.  We’ll run the entries by you then list the current vote standings at the bottom.  All votes for the next 24 hours will take place in the comment section of this brilliantly written post.

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“Big” Day For Scotty.  Bad Day For Grigorenko.

Driving home yesterday I came to a startling conclusion.  When I put my mind to it, and the conditions are perfect, I sound exactly like Ozzy in “Crazy Train.”  Not every time, oh no.  But I figured I’ve heard that song close to 700 times over the “history of my life” (Rocky II was on Versus!!!! last night) and I’ll bet yesterday and a late night in Hong Kong in ‘94 were the only times I really nailed it.

Oh, and Scott Bowman’s happy with the Wings.  Unless…

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Previewing The Division That Gary Built:  Third Man In and The Hawks

Dave at Gorilla Crouch is an ambitious dude.  About a month ago he started sending out emails that sounded all official, suggesting Central Division bloggers join forces for one big, fat look at the Division Gary Gave Us.  He laid out a schedule, wrote us some promotional verbiage and set the stage for a three-week bonanza.

Today, Chris at Third Man In starts us off with a look at the team that Wirtz Tried To Destroy.  Things are looking up in Chicago.  And why wouldn’t they with The Enigma on board?

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Khan(!) Feeling The Pressure:  Reports Hank, Hasek Arrive In Hockeytown

I guess it goes without saying that Ansar Khan(!) saw the writing on the blog wall.  Just minutes after I’d named Bruce MacLeod as this year’s deep digger captain (a move I reversed moments later after heavy pressure from outraged A2Y readers), the MLive Wing beat writer put down the red wine long enough to grace us with a few lines of prose.

Henrik Zetterberg is healthy and Dominik Hasek is hungry. The two arrived from Europe over the weekend and joined most of their teammates for an informal practice Monday at Joe Louis Arena in preparation for the start of training camp on Friday. Zetterberg skated with the team, Hasek took the ice after most of them were done.

 

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Polls Closed: Voting Starts Tonite

It was mid July when the Red Wing marketing savants unveiled this little beauty, a campaign for the ages.  Designed by children, geared for the the ignorant and roundly criticized by smart people everywhere.  Yes, “Fire on Ice” made its debut and the brilliance of it was startling to us all.

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The pure childlike genius of this creation prompted a groundswell of artistry unlike anything seen here since TeamDub danced in his garage on webcam during a live blog last April.  The contest to “replace the fire on ice logo because it sucks and sucks hard” began July 17th and wrapped up this evening.  Now, your voice will be heard.  We’ll open up the polls and determine a winner.  And oh what a winner that winner will be.  Displayed on the A2Y front page, a 25 dollar gift certificate to Ice Jerseys and the never ending admiration of all 13 of us.

Ready?  Excellence awaits you.

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Filling In The Blanks: Sopel, Cullimore, Downey

Bruce MacLeod is the anti-

new

Deep Digger

Captain

and there will be no arguments on that. The guy’s prolific, consistent and not afraid to toss some speculation in there.

Take a seat Khan(!). Your reign is over.

Updated 2037 EST:  I stand corrected.  I have no idea how I betrayed my sarcastic roots.  MacLeod remains the anti-digger.  Khan(!) retains the title. 

Updated 1748 EST: this from A2Y reader BDH.

Deep Diggers: Getting Their Asses Handed to Them by the Macomb Daily since April 4, 2007.

Short. Simple. Classic. Just like Freddy Patek.

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed, Monday, that three free agents with NHL experience will try out at the team’s main camp this week: defensemen Brent Sopel and Jassen Cullimore and forward Aaron Downey.

More from MacLeod.  Reaction later.

 

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The Roster Conundrum

Updated 1807 EST:  Pete over at Yzerman is God has just posted a very nice take on the Sopel scenario.  Check it out here.

He has offensive potential? At least Kronwall and Lebda are young for all we hear that phrase. And he doesn’t look like a defensive stud either. You replace him with Lilja and what do you get? No better on defense, less physicality, oh yeah, and the almighty slapper. Let’s talk about that.

Some real sound analysis of the Wing PP strategy follows that quote.  Good stuff Pete.

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Two days until the Wings descend on sleepy TC and the intrigue is starting to build.  Two names have great potential to throw the whole damn thing into a tailspin the likes we haven’t seen since the Edmund Fitzgerald braved the Superior one fateful night in, umm, some year in the 60’s I think. 

Sopel and Grigorenko.  Add them to the mix and the main hatchway’s giving in brother because we’re going to have a full load of forwards and a bursting blue line.

 

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Mirtle: Wings Will Win 75 Games

Oh alright. No, he didn’t actually say that.  But James Mirtle, writing for AOL’s Fan House, agrees with all other smart people in saying it would take some sort of wacked-out science fiction scenario to keep the Central crown out of Hockeytown.

Detroit may remain an old team by NHL standards, but that’s not going to stop them from winning a seventh consecutive Central Division title. Given the league’s ridiculously unbalanced schedule, one that will see the Red Wings face Chicago/Columbus/Nashville/St. Louis 32 times this season, it’s going to be relatively easy pickings as long as Hasek remains healthy.

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Picking Up The Pace

Jeremy Bonderman’s hurt.  The Lions have begun their trek to glory.  Tiger Woods won again and I’m sure a redneck drove pretty fast before taking his sister out for a romantic dinner.  So finding Wing news today may be tough.

But not as tough as it was a month ago.  Thankfully.

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  Tags: attendance, kronwall, lebda, lilja, maltby, meech, sopel

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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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