Abel to Yzerman
While the hockey world (at least the part that doesn’t include Toronto) falls all over itself propping up Mats Sundin as the picture of integrity, Greg Eno reminds us of a former Wing who had no problem getting the hell out of that town as quickly as possible.
They booed him, unmercifully, every time he touched the puck. They made signs deriding him. Games at Maple Leaf Gardens became nasty. The fans were bidding him good riddance.
And he was one of theirs.
Larry Murphy, at the trade deadline in 1997, was held up as the punching bag for Toronto Maple Leafs fans frustrated with the team’s Stanley Cup drought—which continues today and is now 41 years old.
Wow. Adrian Dater’s on a roll this morning. Applauding Mats Sundin. Good. Nice guy. Tough decision. Deserves your admiration, Adrian. But then he gets a little crazy. And I think you’ll see where I’m going with this after you read a bit.
I think Sundin had this vision of himself, say, as a Red Wing, lifting up the Cup and having this awful thought suddenly like, ‘Wait a minute, this is a fraud. I’m no more a real Red Wing than that guy in the stands over there, with his store-bought red and white jersey.’
Memo to Darren McCarty:
Accept the frigging offer
Back in DC after a short-fused weekend return to Michigan. Missed the Calgary game entirely and caught a few minutes of the Vancouver game from “The Post” in Detroit. UM/MSU game from the Joe was great.
Back in Michigan for the weekend. Will be at the UM/MSU game at the Joe this evening. Believe I need a chiropractor after driving up I75 this morning. Will try to work a little live-blog action from JLA during the game.
Well, well, well…when your team has no chance of making the playoffs, set your sights on the Wings. That’s the MO of Blues apologist and Klessel groupie Andy Strickland. Last year it was his prediction that the Wing room would “implode by Christmas.”
Now? Well now his “sources” are telling him Nick Lidstrom is going to be out longer than announced. Much longer.
Updated 1513: Khan(!) reporting that Holland is refuting Berger’s original report that the Wing players are pushing for Sundin. See below.
Updated 1501: Sportsnet is confirming that Leaf GM Cliff Fletcher has met with both McCabe and Sundin, as well as their agents. Details at the bottom of this post.
Howard Berger, on Toronto’s Fan 590, just said that he’s spoken with a member of the Wing organ-I-zation who told him the players are making a push for Mats Sundin. He made a point to say that those players aren’t just Swedes.
Also, via Sportsnet...looks like there’s something going on in Toronto.
Neither Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin nor defenceman Bryan McCabe were on the ice at the team’s practice this morning at Lakeshore Lions Arena.
There are unconfirmed reports that McCabe had a brief meeting with general manager Cliff Fletcher and immediately left the facility.
Hate the deadline, just like I hate the playoffs. I can see four days into the future and my visions would typically have me nervous. I see us rocking back and forth, clicking, refreshing, reloading, clicking and waiting for the word that Kenny’s made that deal to bring us Cup Number 11. I know for certain that the pain will ensue as we watch Sundin go to Anaheim, Jokinen to Dallas, Hossa out East, Blake back to his granola in the King room because he could care less about a Cup, only his personal comfort. Too much talk about Fedorov: not coming. Brad Stuart? Same thing. Too much talk.
I see those things and I have a recommendation for Kenny. Do…nothing.
So says Damien Cox, on loan to ESPN,
We all know, of course, how that fantasy football story ended, with the 18-0 New Englanders stunned on Super Bowl Sunday by the New York Giants.
It could be that the Red Wings are headed for a similar conclusion, particularly since the Western Conference is packed with tough opponents, from defending champion Anaheim to hard-nosed Calgary to talented San Jose. Vancouver, led by superb goalie Roberto Luongo, could trip up anybody.
And if the Wings get past those obstacles, any number of upset-minded Eastern Conference clubs would await.
Updated at 1455 with Uncle Mike’s comments on Ellis. Thanks, CP, for the pointer.
Matt Ellis, one of the most popular players in Grand Rapids Griffin history, has been claimed by the LA Kings. Don’t be swayed too much by his popularity in GR. Only a reference point, but one to keep in mind when you consider the type of character guy Ken Holland let walk, and the player he kept in his place: Mark Hartigan.
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