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Fans are Rabid For Hockey In Okinawa

Unbelievable interest in the NHL in the Far East.  As I ordered my Orion beer, seaweed and raw fish the waiter was discussing Nick Lidstrom’s 5th Norris Trophy with a few patrons just to my left.  They were speaking in Japanese so I couldn’t understand precisely what was being said.  In fact, I couldn’t understand a single word.  But I could tell by their excited tone that Lidstrom was the subject.  Rumors on the streets here (e5) are that Gary Bettman heard a similar converstaion while watching Speed Racer in a Karaoke bar in Tokyo four weeks ago, just before he sang “Chevy Van.”  Heading to the airport to begin my 25 hour trek back to the states.  Semi-regular posting will re-convene soon.

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Singapore Loves Its Hockey

Blogging from the East, the far East.  A whirlwind tour of Singapore, Guam and Japan has left me hockey-less and incommunicado the last week or so.  Regular posting will re-commence soon.  I will mention that Tiger Beer is good, very good.  Have patience troopers.  A2Y will return in a few short days.

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Vanbiesbrouck: “Hasek Didn’t Battle Hard Enough”

That’s what he said moments ago on NHL Live.  He’s been calling the SCF for NHL radio and said that the “faces on the Wings bench said it all.  Hasek didn’t battle hard enough.”

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But I’ll write one anyway, just for fun.

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“Uh oh.”

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BJ’s and the Entry Draft: Tell Me That’s Not a Winning Combination

Stand by.  The Columbus Bloggers are ready to host a bash and every single one of you is invited.  Michael at Army of the Ohio has posted his manifesto on the event and it’s looking like they’ve got a handle on it. 

Details: 22 June, Columbus, Michael and Drew from EOB are buying the warm beers (well…they’ll have to confirm that one), and the party’s open to hockey fans and bloggers alike.

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Taming Sasquatch; Zetterberg Returns

In case you were wondering just how stupid Chris Pronger is, and really there’s no mystery anymore, Eric Duhatschek has his rap sheet laid out nicely for you.

Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger was suspended for the seventh time by the NHL Sunday. The previous six:

  * V. Pat Peake, slashing, four games, 10/29/95
  * V. Jeremy Roenick, highsticking, four games, 12/27/98
  * V. Kelly Buchberger, leaving bench for altercation, one game, 10/11/00
  * V. Brenden Morrow, crosscheck, two games, 04/03/02
  * V. Ville Nieminen, kicking, one game, 03/14/04
  * V. Tomas Holmstrom, elbow to the head, one playoff game, 05/15/07

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Khan(!): Discussions With Schneider Begin

And the first deep digger to climb out of his post-playoff hole is….Khan(!).  That’s why you’re the captain, Ansar.  After only 8 days of silence, you’re back with a vengeance.

The Wings appear to be making progress in contract talks with defenseman Mathieu Schneider. General manger Ken Holland said Friday that he spoke with Schneider’s agent, Mike Gillis, earlier this week and will talk to him again next week.

The club has made it a priority to re-sign Schneider, who’s coming off two of the best seasons of his career. And Schneider has said several times that Detroit has been the best stop in his career. So it looks like they’ll find a way to get a deal done.

Ansar also mentions the likelihood that we’ve seen the last of Markov.  More here.

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It’s Saturday And I’m Sad

I think it’s safe to say that I’m still feeling the effects of The Fluttering Puck From The Gates Of Hell.  Yes, the capstone moment of the Kick To The Groin.  Granted, when I read blog titles like this:  US Navy Assists Al Qaida Dirtbag in Search For Martyrdom, I feel warm inside.  But, it’s not enough.

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New A2Y Feature: The Smyth Watch

I’ve been inundated (sorry, Bubba…“flooded”) with emails asking me to keep everyone up to speed on the likelihood of a Smyth deal in Detroit.

Well, inundated might be too strong.  Actually, no one’s really asked about it.

But it’s my agenda and I plan on pushing it.  So here we go.

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Looking To Watch The Wings Practice?

Well, the organ-I-zation doesn’t think you’re important enough to do so during the regular season in Detroit.  So they, you know, kinda lock the doors to the Joe.

But hey, TC in September isn’t exactly a bad place to be.

TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets for the Detroit Red Wings training camp will go on sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centre ICE.

This will be the 10th year for the Wings in Traverse City. Players will report on Sept. 13 for physicals and a golf outing. On-ice activities begin Sept. 14 and run through Sept. 18.

No word on whether you can order those tickets online or what.  No word either on whether a certain insane netminder will be there to greet you should you decide to go.

 

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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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