Abel to Yzerman
At least one New York-based writer is thinking Ken Holland overpaid for Brian Rafalski.
I know one Devils season ticket holder who told me straight out that she wouldn’t be back next season if Rafalski was still wearing a New Jersey uniform. I know another regular at Devils’ games who liked to kid that Brian had a day job as a baker; “He specialized in turnovers.” Personally I was a Rafalski fan but only at a reasonable price. Rachunek is 27 and is getting paid $1.4 million. Rafalski is going to be 34 in September; he’s getting $6 million a year. Who’s nuts? Not Lou.
The subject of this post should give you an idea of the hard-hitting, late-breaking items I have in store for you. A hint? Sure. Groupies, potheads and Peklund.
The Emperor has chimed in. Kuklas Inc. will provide a 25 dollar gift certificate to IceJerseys.com for the winner of the “Replace the Fire On Ice Graphic and Slogan Because It Sucks” contest. First two days have been eventful. HockeyinHD submitted his child-like brilliance on Monday, then whined like a scorned child yesterday when Matt Schwartz forwarded his smoldering wallet of excellence.
Day 2 of the “Replace the Fire On Ice Graphic Because It Sucks” campaign is rolling right along. Matt Schwartz of Letsgowings.com fame has thrown his hat in the ring and his effort is worthy of your applause.
Every time I see those three capital letters strung together I have to (a) shotgun a beer, (b) email my friends from high school to discuss failed conquest attempts from two decades ago and (3) watch six consecutive identical Sportscenters, waiting for a hockey reference that never comes. Why? Because, as we’ve touched on before, “LOL” and all its acronymical (yep, we just go ahead and make words up here at A2Y) sisters don’t fit into what I would refer to as “guy vernacular”.
But yesterday, I read something that made me—yes, literally—“laugh out loud.”
And I’d like to share it with you in hopes that you will also.
We have our first entry in the “Replace the Fire On Ice Thing Because It Sucks” contest. Before I show you HockeyinHD‘s art though, a little investigation is required. I was perusing the LGW message boards and saw a post from Icer who pointed out something we already know. The Wing advertising geniuses aren’t exactly original.
Fire on Ice is the name of a synchronized skating team in Australia....
Also, the title of a documentary about figure skaters…..
And finally, the name of one of the forums over at calgarypuck.com…..
“Fire On Ice”, the slick marketing tool and logo design for the Wings’ ‘07-‘08 season, has elicited quite the response from A2Y readers since we posted it here yesterday. Featuring a pinkish hue, empty JLA seats and all the indicators of a power point presentation designed 6 minutes before the meeting starts, it would appear that—once again—the Wing communications/advertising romper room has failed.
But we’re all about presenting solutions when we see problems. Evidence? This.
Problem: “Fire On Ice” is a low-rent, hastily designed, dumpster diving bad idea of a device that won’t grab any new fans and could likely drive many of us away.
Solution: A contest.
Remember: Wit wins in every situation. Sarcasm is encouraged and denigration of other teams and fan bases is certainly well within the boundaries of our definitions of good taste.
Fire on Ice brother. Fire on Ice. The Wings, in their never-ending quest to keep their fans informed and happy, have unveiled next year’s marketing slogan. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the image to accompany it.
Like it? Great. You’ve got the banners, the Winged Wheel in a position of strength amongst the logos of some other squads who will fall far short of Detroit’s ‘08 Cup coronation and an action verb…“igniting.” Powerful stuff.
But hey…take a closer look. What are all those little boxes beneath the banners?
As you may know, Draper has ventured into the hockey ownership/management arena. He’s entered into a partnership with the Flint Generals and seems to be setting himself up to stay in the game after his retirement in 2020.
“I had an opportunity to get involved in the business end of hockey, learn how things run, and I’m interested in that. The game has been so good to me. It’s something I’ve done my whole life. When I’m finished playing, just because my career comes to an end doesn’t mean I’m done with hockey.”
Within minutes of the story hitting the wires, George Malik posted an article from the Russian daily Sport Express that claimed a Sergei Fedorov return to Hockeytown is an idea brewing in both camps. Frigging George. The guy’s a bloodhound. That was back on July 12th. If you haven’t seen it, head over there and read it. When you’re done, get back here because there’s another article from that same edition I want you to see.
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: email@example.com