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Khan(!) Makes A Bid To Maintain Deep Digger Captaincy

It’s this kind of reporting that keeps Ansar ahead of his peers.

A couple of readers pointed out that the boy on stage next to Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom last night at the Awards Show had on a jersey that read “LINDSTROM.’’ Each award winner was accompanied on stage by a kid wearing his jersey. What was that Henrik Zetterberg was saying about Lidstrom not getting enough credit in Sweden?

A “couple of readers” pointed it out.  Odd.  A “couple of readers” here saw it the minute it happened.  Did you, you know, watch the awards Ansar?

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  Tags: deep+diggers, lidstrom, richard+lindstrom, zetterberg

Late To The Party: Hank Named TSN Player Of The Year

I’m late, not Hank.  I’m sure you’ve all read this over on the varsity page (like Malik, AlanaH is a posting machine), but somebody seems to think Zetterberg’s pretty good.

The inaugural TSN NHL Player of the Year featured a showdown between playoff co-scoring leader and MVP, Zetterberg, and regular season scoring leader and MVP, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  Zetterberg prevailed with 97 points including 13 first-place votes, while Ovechkin was runner up with 81 points and 12 first-place nods.  Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom finished third with 38 points including three first-place votes.

More from TSN.

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Dear Gary: I Apologize

Gary Bettman deserves your scorn.  And, thankfully, you give it to him frequently.

But I’ve been knocked down a peg today.  One of the 19, RWBill, posted an image in the comments of this post that explains the innocent mistake Gary’s crack staff made last evening.

Even the most astute of commissioners can’t be blamed for mistaking Nick Lidstrom for Dick Lindstrom.

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Re-Rack ‘em

Some dude named Jean working for the Calgary Herald asked Matt at Battle of Alberta for his take on a 1998 NHL draft do-over.

1998, you’ll recall, was the year Pavel Datsyuk was drafted in the 6th round, 171st overall.

According to Matt, things might be a tad different today.

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  Tags: datsyuk, fellow+bloggers, fischer, konstantinov, samuelsson

Bettman:  “There’s an ‘n’ in there.  Put it in there.  Do it.”

He’s only won six Norris trophies Gary.  You gave him the cup a little over a week ago.

What did you say to him then?  “Congrats Dick”?

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The Legend? It Lives On From The Chippewa On Down.  In Its Honor?  An NHL Awards Show Live Blog

I’ll be editing this as we move along.

Gordie Howe, Lifetime Achievement Award?  Could it have gone to anyone else?

Lidstrom, Norris?  Check. Legendary.  2nd Best Ever?  Maybe.  Maybe Better.

Datsyuk, Selke? Check.  “Long speech, but English is little.”

Zetterberg, Selke? Denied, but with a big old consolation trophy.

Datsyuk, Byng? Check. There was no doubt.

Chelios, Masterson? Denied, but with a Cup, and still with a job…allegedly.

Uncle Mike Babcock, Adams?  Denied, but there is no doubt, none, who the best coach in the NHL is.

It’s a dynastic Live Blog.

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Alright. One More Poll

Holy…Two consecutive polls.  Good frigging sweet baby adorable Jesus.  Only on A2Y.  Progressive. Aggressive. Bold.

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Choose Your Wing Winners

Who has the best chance of winning tonite?

This is important.  Vote.

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One Week Later:  Readers Have Questions

The emails keep pouring in.  Thousands of Wing fans wanting my opinion, seeking my views.  It’s almost too much for me to handle. If not for the crack A2Y staff and interns from Saginaw Valley State University, I’d be in over my head.

Oh yes.  It’s time for reader/Chief Q and A. 

It’s time to go…back to the sack.

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One More For Gordo: We’re Gonna Live Blog The Awards Show

You’re damn right we are.  I don’t even know what time the frigging show starts, but I’ll find out.  Oh yes I will.  And we’re going to live blog it like nothing’s ever been live blogged before.

It will be riveting and it will all happen here.  Man, this day is going to drag.  The anticipation…it’s killing me already.

If you’re a new reader, lured in by our affection for Drew Sharp, you may not understand the “Gordo” reference.  One of the 19 confirmed A2Y readers, Ryan, has provided this image to clear that issue up for you.

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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: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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