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Did You Say The Wings Would Be Sellers?  Don’t Be A Dumbass

Seriously.  Did you really think there was even a possibility the Detroit Red Wings would be anything other than potential buyers at the deadline?  According to Craig Custance, the best hockey writer in Detroit, the thought has never crossed the mind of one Tick Tock Kenny Holland.

There has been speculation the Red Wings might deal one of their potential restricted free agents to clear room for signing Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen. So we asked G.M. Ken Holland: Any chance the Wings will be sellers? “No chance,” Holland told SportingNews.com. “We’re going to give this team every opportunity to be as good as we want to be. We’ll worry about the 2009-10 season as soon as this one is over.”

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Stuart In Wednesday.  Advanced Math Says Ten Days Equals Friday.

All the Diggers are chomping to bring you this:  Brad Stuart’s good to go. 

St. James

Defenseman Brad Stuart is planning to play Wednesday against San Jose.  Stuart has been out since Jan. 20 with bruised ribs and a compression fracture on his spine, but said he feels good to go. He’ll be back playing with Niklas Kronwall, which means Brian Rafalski will be back with Nicklas Lidstrom.

“I think it’s a good way kind of to get right back into it for myself, playing against the top team in the Western Conference,” Stuart said.


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Never, Ever, Never Piss Off A Wedding Singer

Updated 1634 EST:  Wyshynski has responded at Puck Daddy.  Our response to his response is below.  You may respond to either response in the comment section, which is designed to solicit responses.

Sometimes, like that one time with Darren Garcia, life as a sarcastic jackass is just too easy. 

Did you see Puck Daddy’s ode to the Burke Twitter page on Saturday?  If you did, maybe it took you twenty or thirty seconds to realize the Twittee, Twite, Twi..Twitter user was really a pretty damned funny imposter.  This kinda gave it away to me. One of Burke’s “entries”...

Got stuck behind Damien Cox at the bank machine. In case you’re wondering, his PIN is ‘1967’.

Yeah, it was at that point that I pretty much knew PD’s Sean Leahy was shedding light on a pretty funny joke.

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Portzline:  Genius

I haven’t been paying too much attention to the various power rankings this year.  And you know me, so you know why.  If the Wings aren’t sitting on top of them, then those polls simply don’t exist in my mind.  Right. Wrong. It’s how I…you get the idea.

But hark.  What’s this?

Columbus Post Dispatch/Portszline

1. Detroit (1): It’s pretty remarkable that despite substantial goalie issues the Wings are closing in on 40 wins already.

2. San Jose (3): Yes, we see they’ve won three straight. But it’s this simple: We expect them to lose on Tuesday in Detroit.

We’re going to forgive young Aaron his calendar mistake and assume he knows a lot more than most other MSM hockey writers. 


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Defending Sid

Pierre McGuire, from “between the benches” in DC.

“The lip service going toward Crosby has been over the top here this afternoon.”

Wow.  Hope Gary’s Baby Boy will be ok.  If Pierre can email a transcript of the language the big bad Caps are using on the ice to the league office? Maybe some suspensions will be in order.  For cursing.

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Sponsoring The Jack, Drapes, Howie and Your First Round Matchups

In the midst of our lively discussion yesterday regarding the difference between blogging for cash and blogging for the hell of it…I decided to open up A2Y to sponsorship.  Not the blog itself.  But an aspect of it created by you, the 19. 

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Baddest Cat Alive?  It Just Might Be Jimmy

If this works, a Van Halen lyric that leads to a Wing win?  Oh, it could become a staple.  You definitely won’t have to twist my arm to drop some Mean Street on you.

I might save that for the playoffs.  Tonite though? We’ll see if our boy Juke Joint Jimmy Howard is, in fact, the latest thing.

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“It Took 53 Minutes…”

That’s what Mickey Redmond said on April 1st, 1998. The whole quote, “It took 53 minutes to happen, but it happened.”

And it was pure coincidence that I found this today.  Just dinking around on You Tube.  A Little House re-run led to a Wang Chung music video which led to footage from a Tennessee wedding featuring a bunch of people who looked a lot alike, which led somehow to what you’re about to watch.

I’ll bet it’s been at least five years since I’ve seen this.  A few quick impressions:  we had a lot of fighters in ‘98.  Ward, LaPointe, McCarty, Rouse, Shanahan.  It was a tough, rugged lineup.  As much as I despise Patrick Roy, it’s cool to see him clapping his hands skating out to center ice to meet Osgood.  And Ozzie?  Nice effort young man.  You did us proud.

Enjoy…because you know Mickey did. 

“It’s only gonna take one thing,” he said, “and this thing is gonna ignite.”

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Nothing Splits A Fan Base Like A Garbage Goalie

Couple of spats and squabbles yesterday, eh?  Oh, nothing too serious.  But we all know this:  there isn’t a single topic out there that has the potential to start a debate like Chris Osgood.  It’s funny.  When dealing with fans of the other 29 teams, we rally behind the little tyke.  But when it’s just us?  Stand by, choose a side and watch the fur fly.

There can be no middle ground, you know.  As a Wing fan you’re either demanding his outright release…

...or you’re a dumbass.

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GDT - Game # 60:  Red Wings at Wild (8:00)

Before the “19” question whether Chief has suddenly gotten “cerebral”, no worries.  Chief invited me to provide some rationale to support his occassional rantings, hence “the numbers.”  Barring the unforeseen, I’ll try to put together “the numbers” each Gameday for your perusal (kinda like last year in the Forum), as well as the “enemies” perspective.  This is a “work-in-progress”, and hopefully it will continue to improve (as I hope the Wings PK does).  Thanks to Paul and Chief.  Hope the “19” find it useful.  Here we go!

Red Wings, 8-1-1 in their last 10, travel to Minneapolis to take on the Wild.  By the way, they left Chris Osgood at the airport; Jimmy Howard is your starter.  Howard should shine since MIN couldn’t pot one at a Michael Phelps party. Wild will be desperate as they are 10th in the West.  Take a number below.

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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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