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Updated 1431 CST with quotes from Maltby below
The worst-kept secret in Detroit? Kirk Maltby’s contract extension, or re-signing, whichever you prefer.
DETROIT The Detroit Red Wings recently re-signed forward Kirk Maltby to a three-year contract. It happened before the playoffs, but both sides decided it was best not to talk publicly about the deal—until now.
Detroit hosts the San Jose Sharks tomorrow in a best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal that is tied at two games apiece.
Maltby has one assist in ten playoff games this season and 28 points in 129 career postseason games, all with the Red Wings since 1996. He helped Detroit win Stanley Cups in 1997, ‘98 and 2002.
Look, I’ve done my best to quell the naysayers. When the rest of you were lighting the torches for B. Lang, demanding his benching, I was the voice of reason. At no point did a disparaging word about The Enigma grace this blog. I never once suggested anything but patience, and confidence that Bob would succeed for the good of his team, the state, Hockeytown and freedom.
I don’t know who sabotaged A2Y and posted this heresy on 30 April, but it sure wasn’t me.
Via the AP,
Forward Bill Guerin is unlikely to play in the San Jose Sharks’ next playoff game against Detroit after a teammate’s deflected shot seriously cut his face in Game 4.
The Sharks said Thursday that Guerin is doubtful for Game 5 in the best-of-seven series Saturday in Detroit.
Not sure if that’s good or bad news for the Wings. Guerin’s done exactly nothing this series.
Via the San Francisco Chronicle,
Schneider’s goal, which came during a delay-of-game penalty to San Jose’s Craig Rivet, came after the defenseman made a brilliant reactive stop of Scott Hannan’s clearing attempt. He gloved the drive, laid it onto the blade of his stick and whistled a shot back at goal which hit the Sharks’ diving Patrick Rissmiller and changed direction enough to beat Nabokov, almost lost in a crowd in front of him, and hit the roof of the net.
The result was chilling, but the overall pattern is more long-term disturbing for the Sharks. As much as they believe in Nabokov, the defensive pairings and their neutral-ice trap when ahead, it might be time for the Sharks to loosen their defensive requirements at least enough to allow for some offense. After all, the rope-a-dope is a strategy that, when employed by anyone other than Muhammad Ali, often leaves you as the dope.
Been meaning to point you guys to this site for a while. Danny Green’s a high school journalist in Newfoundland. He’s started his own blog called Danny Green On Hockey. I’ve added him to the blog roll on the port side. Give him a visit when you can. Good site.
Once again we turn to Chris Chelios as the sole source of truth out of Detroit as far as the Wings are concerned. According to him, as heard on WDFN just minutes ago, Homer was indeed hurt last night; but should be ok by Saturday. Also, Cheli discusses Ron Wilson’s tendencies to whine like the little girl he is after losses.
Just in case you missed it, Chelios’ mention of Holmstrom is quick: “He had some problems physically toward the end of the game, but he should be good for Saturday.”
Updated 1604 CST with Peterborough Pete’s breakdown.
Mike Chen, on The Battle of California, has posted a brief analysis of Game 4.
Even though it’s a three-game series with two at the Joe, I’m not jumping off a bridge just yet. The Sharks have given these games away, meaning that they were in control for most of the time. They know they can win at the Joe and they know that when they show up—such as the third period of Game 3—they’re the better team. Two consistent efforts, that’s all I’m asking for.
And the Wings can say the same Mike. They know that when they show up—such as the first period of Game 3—they’re the better team.
Just saw this image over at the Detroit News Wings Blog. Great shot from photographer David Guralnick.
Soooo….I guess we’ll go ahead and officially decree yesterday as the strangest 24-hour period in A2Y history. We started out with mass deletions, cries of the Man Keeping Me Down, threats of regulars leaving in droves. It continued with a flight that should have had me in The State That Hockey Forgot with plenty of time to spare, but ended up being the most excrutiating night of my life…and yes that even includes my first full evening in the Philippines. 20 years old, alone and scared, taken in by a…nevermind.
Now? A timeline.
Headed to the airplane to the state that hockey forgot, the state of the first round (as predicted) playoff evictees. Be back just in time for warm beer in front of the tv. Before I go, the four keys to tonite can be found in the title of this post…and the amount of frustration they can cause Nabokov.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org