Kukla's Korner

Abel to Yzerman

Guralnick In Rare Form

Browsing the Detroit News this morning….insert your own line here…and I realized A2Y’s photographer of choice David Guralnick’s been on fire in TC.  If you haven’t been following the DetNews Wing blog, he’s been posting photos there since the big boys opened camp last week. 

image

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: guralnick

“Datsyuk Looked Brilliant”

Those are the words of anti-Digger Bruce MacLeod in his blogged recap of the second scrimmage from TC.  He also notes that Hasek and Sopel looked very good.

Grigorenko? Invisible.

It was hard to notice Igor Grigorenko, who skated with Mark Hartigan and Aaron Downey. Grigorenko even missed the net on his shootout, going with a deke, but tapping the puck wide.

Scrimmage recap from MacLeod is here.  Another very good piece on why Aaron Downey may make the team here.

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: datsyuk, deep+diggers, downey, grigorenko, hasek, prospects, sopel

Saturday With The Deep Diggers

There is, apparently, no valid reason to use the word “if” when referring to Dallas Drake’s chances of making the team.  Naturally, intelligent readers like yourselves knew that the minute he signed. 

Your boy Khan(!), already with a contract in hand to write Drake’s memoirs, has found himself a new BFF.

Drake’s experience as the captain in St. Louis will help. Babcock loves his competitiveness.

“Dallas Drake flat-out loves hockey,’’ Babcock said. “And playing for us, he’ll be re-energized and be a huge part of our team, from a leadership standpoint, from a physical standpoint and from just being an all-around good guy.’‘

 

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: deep+diggers, downey, drake, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko, osgood

48 Hours Remain

We’re going to close the polls Monday at 2100.  The contest that has fascinated Wing nation for a week, the “replace Fire on Ice with a marketing and pr campaign not designed by 16-year old girls wasted on Boone’s Farm” competition, is nearly over and it’s so close that it’s hard for me to type because I’m so nervous.

Your choices are listed below and the standings are beneath them. I believe, thanks to the subtle reminders of our readers, that they are correct.  But—and I know you will anyway—check my math if you must.  According to my calculations, there’s a three-way tie at the top. Remember: how you vote is critical to the collective happiness of us all.  You’re going to have to look at this thing all year long.  Vote in the comment section of this post.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: genius+a2y+readers

Windsor Star: Lidstrom Will Pair With Rafalski

Now there’s a blue line pairing that is going to hand out punishment like candy at Christmas.  Dave Waddell reported today that Nick Lidstrom has been preparing himself for the inevitable: a new defensive partner.

Lidstrom is expected to be paired with Detroit’s plumb off-season signing Brian Rafalski. Having done it so often, Lidstrom expects the transition to be quick and smooth.

“It doesn’t take that long,” Lidstrom said. “He’s a skilled defenceman.

“You get a read on how he’s moving out there. How he’s thinking the game.

“How he’s reacting in different situations. It doesn’t take that long to get to know your partner.”

Lidstrom also expects to be paired with Rafalski on the Wings’ first power-play unit.The left-handed shooting Swede will no longer have to dance along the blue line so much to improve his shooting angle from the middle of the ice.

More from Waddell.

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: lidstrom, rafalski

First Scrimmage A Good One For Drake

The anti-Digger is back in rare form.  Minutes after the first scrimmage of camp, Bruce MacLeod has an update.

Dallas Drake had a good first day on the job, scoring a goal and assisting on two other in Team C’s 3-1 win over Team B in a scrimmage, Friday. The Red Wings are starting training camp with their projected regular-season lines intact, meaning that Drake skating on left win with Tomas Kopecky at center and Kirk Maltby on the right side.

More from MacLeod.

 

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: drake

New Header Prompts Decisive Action From Dive Fans

Well as you can see by now, the new look is nearly complete.  Thanks to A2Y reader, TeamDub, we’ve got ourelves a new header.  Soon, once the voting is complete, the last bit of graphics will be selected and placed on the page.

But, just hours after the new banner was introduced last night…controversy erupted behind the scenes.  Dive fans contacted the A2Y art staff and began complaining in lispy phrases that they felt mith-represented, that since Abel To Yzerman wasn’t specifically a Red Wing blog (perception is everything you know), they should have had more input into the selection of the new banner.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: transvestite+avalanche+fans

Back When Hate Was Good

Jibblescribbits posted this today after finding it at Bethany’s.  I’d assume it’s ‘98 or early ‘99. 

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: chelios, fellow+bloggers

Settle…Down

Sometime in the next 24-48 hours, there will be a new header here at A2Y.  It’s not the result of the contest, but something totally new and breathtaking.  Don’t get all wadded up thinking I guaranteed something then backed out. The winner you select to replace “Fire on Ice”?  That graphic will appear elsewhere on the page, prominently displayed as promised.  The new header, by the way, was created by an A2Y reader.  Guess if you’d like.  Here’s a hint: there will be no imagery of cross-dressing Dive fans.  So…that rules out one of you right there.

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
 

4 Days Left…Excitement Is Building

The votes are pouring in at such a rate that I’m starting to get nervous. My lips are so cold.  Four days remain in our contest to “replace the Fire on Ice marketing campaign with something that doesn’t suck quite as much.”

Below you’ll find the selections and the current vote tally.  All votes for the next 24 hours will be made in the comment section of this post.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: genius+a2y+readers

« Previous       ‹ First  < 299 300 301 302 303 >  Last ›      Next »

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: wphoulihan@gmail.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts