Abel to Yzerman
Ted Kulfan believes it and, therefore, so should you. According to the former Digger Captain, Jiri Hudler’s earned himself a job.
He’ll open the season on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson, a line suited for Hudler’s offensive skills.
The Wings are curious what Hudler could do with more ice time.
“He’s got to shoot the puck,” coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s got to show that he can play in the top six.”
Seems like a good day to visit other hockey blogs, steal their best stuff and grudgingly attribute it to them rather than take credit for it myself. First, Center Ice Online has fifteen days to get it together before a few of us have to decide whether to drop the equivalent of fifteen twelve-packs of Rolling Rock on their product. After last night, it’s hard to justify it. Several crashes, intermittent audio, frozen pictures and a couple tantrums. For the second time in as many attempts, I stopped trying mid-way through the second. I’d rather not watch than deal with the frustration. If the glitches aren’t straightened out by 9 October (when the free preview is supposed to end), I’d suggest they extend it until they’re sure what they’re offering is worth the investment.
Just saw an ad for some sort of cheesy melt thing now offered at a big-named Mexican food franchise. The slow-mo imagery of cheddar cheese inspired me to post instead of continue to flip between MSU/Domers and UM/Penn State.
Larry Wigge’s written a nifty little diddy on Dallas Drake and mentions the Wing draft class of ‘89: an amazing effort. Lidstrom, Konstantinov, Fedorov, Bob Boughner, Mike Sillinger and Drake. Think about that: if not for Konstantinov’s misfortune in June of 2007, you’d probably be looking at three hall of famers drafted by one team in one year.
Plenty of good quotes in Wigge’s story from former teammates and opponents. Makes me wish we’d picked him up three years ago when I started whining about it.
”Players often ask you if you caught the license plate on that truck after you get plastered into the boards,” Foote said. “When you play against Dallas Drake, you have that license plate memorized. You expect to be pounded by him. Not a more fierce and honest competitor in the game.’‘
This guy’s going to win some fans in Detroit..quickly.
Thought I’d log on to the NHL Video Portal, just for fun. Watched the highlights of the San Jose series, which made me warm. Then clicked on “Center Ice” to see if the Wings game was going to be offered tonight. Ran into some problems in that a registration screen popped up. Filled it out, even though I’d done that previously. Then I got the option of the early bird special for $149 or the free preview. Selected free preview and got some sort of error code 500, which prevented me from going any further.
Called the customer service and actually spoke with someone who said “eh” and had a decidedly Canadian accent. The guy told me that they’re having “issues” with the interface right now and that if the problem isn’t solved soon they’re going to do a work-around to make sure all the games scheduled for tonight (including the Wings) will be available.
I didn’t see a single thing that impressed me. Through 61 minutes I didn’t see one hit, one shot, one save or one shift that made me sit up and take notice. My memory of the game is blank and that’s only natural because I didn’t watch the frigging thing. I do have impressions though, and I’d like to share them with you so that we can—as a community—discuss them at length. We established that norm when we started this blog in 1977 and I’d like to kind of keep it going this morning.
Gotta give your boy George Malik credit. When Wing news hits those pulsing Russian news wires, he’s on it like….(insert Bubba line here. I’ve exhausted all mine.)
Today? Igor Grigorenko tells some Russian writer for some Russian paper that he’s done with the mother country come Detroit or Grand Rapids.
Update: 1243 EST. Bruce MacLeod reports Uncle Mike says Cleary’s ribs aren’t broken and that “he’s day to day”. Mike Babcock is a lying liar so take that for what you will.
Mid-September in the Navy and all initiated Chiefs are busy yesterday and today. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that. Beers and anchors will get you more info.
An exhibition loss…no big deal. Another two more injuries (at least)? Now that’s irritating.
A quick spin through the diggers. Ted Kulfan says Hank Zetterberg was on the ice today for the public practice in Grand Rapids, showing no signs of back ache, groin pain or general discomfort. Those are, of course, the ailments three different beat writers attributed to Zetterberg’s absence from yesterday’s scrimmage in TC.
So Kulfan’s all over that one but he likes to share the wealth. Decided to skip this little tidbit brought to you by Khan(!).
Brian Rafalski said he sustained a hip flexor and left early. He said he’s not sure if he’ll be able to play in Thursday’s home exhibition opener vs. Minnesota.
I’ve been delinquent in bringing you Wing previews courtesy of my fellow bloggers. To make up for it, I’ll give you a conversation piece on this fine Wednesday. A short story to set the stage. I was at my local healthfood restaurant last week, ordering a sausage and cheese biscuit. The guy taking my order had a Penguin necklace kind of thing on, holding an id badge or whatever. Always willing to engage a fellow hockey fan in conversation, I said. “How are your Pens looking this year?”
Updated 0706 EST: Three diggers, three different reasons as to why Zetterberg sat out last night in TC. Helene St. James.
Zetterberg didn’t play in either game, but assistant general manager Jim Nill said it was just due to general soreness and not the back problems that hampered Zetterberg last season.
Updated 0649 EST: And away we go. Kulfan says it was a precautionary move to keep Zetterberg out of yesterday’s scrimmage. Protecting his back and all that. Khan(!)? A different story.
Injury updates: Henrik Zetterberg was a late scratch from Tuesday’s four-on-four scrimmage at Centre I.C.E. Arena due to a sore groin. It’s precautionary, nothing significant, the team said.
My bet is that Kulfan saw Zetterberg was sitting out, asked why and got “precautionary” as a response. Maintaining the standard, he didn’t follow up. Khan(!) probably did.
Funny how two adjacent paragraphs can prompt two completely different physical reactions.
Center Valtteri Filppula (groin), winger Dan Cleary (hamstring) and winger Henrik Zetterberg (back) sat out the scrimmage at Centre ICE Arena.
Assistant GM Jim Nill said Zetterberg, who missed the second half of last season with back problems, was rested simply because the Wings have eight exhibition games in the next 10 days.
“We don’t want to take any chances,” Nill said.
More from Kulfan on last night’s 6-1 win over Minnesota.
Kulfan: Precautionary, back
Khan(!): Precautionary, groin
St. James: “General soreness”
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