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Down On Uncle Jim’s Farm

Gabe’s comments earlier got me thinkin’ you may be hankerin’ (practicing…sorry) for an update from The Nill Factory.  Where do we turn for that?  Prospect genius Matthew Wuest at Red Wings Central, of course.  Hot off the presses with info on Mursak, Kindl and our boy Grigorenko.  No mention of soon-to-be-legend Hat Trick Dick, though. 

RWC Prospect Udpate

It’s interesting to note that goalie Stefan Liv has led HV-71 to to the final with astonishing numbers. He has league-bests in goals-against average (1.37), save percentage (.952) and shutouts (three). He is a restricted free agent with the Red Wings until July 1, when he becomes unrestricted.

Because goaltending’s never a topic of discussion around here.

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Your Life For The Next Month

Whew. The Office returns on Thursday. Must See TV(!) for many.  Not so much for us.  Wanna know what you’ll be missing this month?  You bet you do.  Steve from Eye On The Media has it broken down for you.

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Monday Morning And I’m Stress Free

If you believe that you are shockingly stupid.  Here’s what a fan of Michigan pro sports is thinking this morning.  “If the Red Wings lose, what then?” 

That’s right neighbors, the Tigers have affected the acceleration of the Stress Train.  Honestly, my thinking all winter has been that if the Wings cut my throat in April or May, the Tigers will pick up the ball and give me hope until next hockey season.

That plan, to put it very mildly, looks like it’s right down the crapper.  It would appear the Wings are our only shot at summertime happiness.  Because, two teams in 81 years have started 0-6 and made the playoffs. 

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Cool…It’s A Sunday Matinee Live Blog

Would kind of like to get through this one healthy.  Wouldn’t mind seeing Hasek get in the groove.  A few other pleasant sights would be a Cleary goal, a McCarty fight and a win.

Oh, and a wayward puck to the head of our hero Pierre wouldn’t hurt either.  At least it wouldn’t hurt us.

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DC McGuire At JLA Today

Those of you fortunate enough to attend the Wing/Hawk Injury Free Fest at the Joe today may want to take the opportunity to let Pierre McGuire know of his newly minted A2Y nickname.

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Bubba-Licious

We wanted Bubba, now we got him.  We wanted Ellis instead of Kipper, Luongo or even Jose Three or Four.  We got him.  We wanted Arnott instead of Iginla.  Got that too.

But we weren’t displeased with Edmonton once.  And LA was a nifty matchup once too.

Whatever. Whoever.  The playoffs suck no matter who the opponent is.  8 months of irritation leading up to full-blown physical pain and suffering.

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Memorandum 2008-1 To Passengers

From: Conductor, Abel To Yzerman Stress Train
To:    All Passengers

Subj:  FREQUENCY OF POSTING PRIOR TO EMBARKATION/GENERAL INFORMATION

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So That’s How You Get A Goalie Ready For the Playoffs…Got It

I know many of you have been anticipating my hard-hitting follow-up to the Babcock story I broke yesterday.  Yes, well, I’m sorry.  Apparently, I was lied to.  I take full responsibility for my shoddy blogging and outright lies. 

Spent the last two days in Bruins territory up in scenic Rhode Island.  Got back just in time to see our Czech Miracle of Insanity waddling off after giving up 3 on 6 shots.

I guess my question is, no matter the score or Hasek’s performance, why pull him when he clearly needs the work?  Do we value these two points that much?

Yeah, I guess we do when it’s a question of Calgary or Bubba in the first round.

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Shocker In Hockeytown:  Babcock Out On Eve Of Playoffs

Unfriggingbelievable.  Citing unrest among the team’s top players and an inability to co-exist with Ken Holland, Mike Babcock is stepping down as Head Coach of the Red Wings.  According to a release from the Wings, Paul MacLean will coach the Wings the rest of the way, hopefully deep into the playoffs.

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McGuire Idiocy Spawns New Glossary Entry

Not since the heady days of Darren Garcia have I witnessed such brilliance in the comment section.  The post dedicated to the tooletry that is Pierre McGuire has resulted in some truly priceless monikors. I can’t stop the voices in my head, nor can I silence the A2Y readers.  It’s time to decide on McGuire’s glossary entry and I’m leaving it up to you to judge the work of your peers.

Update 2014:  If you add quality suggestions to the comment section of this post, I’ll—in turn—add them to the poll. I have a feeling there will be many more.

Update 0323 the next day:  I’ve added a few of your suggestions.  “Home Depot” requires explanation that you’ll find in the comments.  Personally, I’ll be using that one myself on a co-worker later today.

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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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