Abel to Yzerman
A day later and I have a few impressions. They're mild and I certainly don't mean to ruffle feathers, because that's not who I am. So here we go. Are you disappointed that the Wings have acquired a man who blindsided another player from behind with a sucker punch that essentially broke his neck? You are? Not me.
Not surprisingly, Mitch Albom has graced Wing fans with his viewpoints. We should have expected it.
Sure, I know. He ignores the most successful team in the state’s history 50 weeks out of the year. He has zero credibility in the Wings room or in the minds of any reasonable Wing fan. Like his large buddy at the Detroit News, Albom writes exactly nothing about Detroit hockey until he absolutely has to…when the playoffs roll around.
Woops. Watch out Klessel. Since I correctly predicted the Bertuzzi deal, I've decided to charge 11 dollars per page view, create a "chart" and hire Andy Strickland to impersonate Nostradamus on a weekly basis. Conditional and a pick? Considering the moves made by Bubba and The Team We Don't Speak Of, Holland had to take this chance. I like it. I've liked it all along. I'm assuming a physical will determine when or if Bert actually dons the Winged Wheel. Anyone want to guess how long it will take little Little Mitch to pen a sobbing column of outrage? I'm betting 24 hours. More later. *updated 2:51pm ET
I’ll be in the air headed back to DC most of the day. Feel free to use this post to comment on any deals Holland makes (or doesn’t make) throughout the day. And remember this: Nearly killing someone ONCE doesn’t make a player a bad person, necessarily.
Yeah, I think so. If not for the uncertainty surrounding the Kopecky situation, Dan Cleary’s injury and Samuelsson’s foot, I’m not so sure the Boy Wonder makes the Calder deal. But, deal he did and the Wings bring in some grit.
By now you know Kenny Holland has made his first move of the final 24, moving Jason Williams to Chicago, getting Kyle Calder from Philly in the process. I need a bit to digest this one, so I’ll have something more later tonite. I do think this is the tip of the Holland iceberg though. I think at least one more deal’s in store, of a bigger variety.
He lies to the deep diggers, talks on tiny high-tech cell phones and it would appear that he uses a liberal amount of goop in his hair. All these factors point to this: Kenny Holland’s a secretive, sneaky kid.
And I happen to have a hunch that our boy Kenny has something up his sleeve. What? I don’t know. I’m still recovering from being compared to Jiri Hudler yesterday, so my head is kind of reeling. But, something’s nagging at me.
And that’s exactly what the St. Louis organization is thinking. Trading “within the division” is a minor consideration where the Wings are concerned. The levels of hatred, bitterness and jealousy in that town, directed toward Detroit, is so pervasive that we should all be ridiculed for thinking for one second that Holland has a shot at Guerin, or that Tkachuk was a serious possibility.
Dateline: Fresno, San Diego, DC and Norfolk.
Bastards. I’m getting killed. So, I get all replies sent to my little electronic leash, AKA the Blackberry. In a meeting today, I get these two and start laughing out loud (LOL to Dique fans and Ozzie’s Bunny Brigade).
A2Y is the Robert Lang (Enigma) of Red Wings blogs. Flashes of greatness, made only more frustrating by long cold streaks.
Posted by Borat on 02/25 at 06:30 PM
At this rate maybe he’s more like the Jiri Hudler of Bloggers: some visible upside but never quite enough IT to know for sure… wink
Posted by Hockeyinhd on 02/25 at 06:37 PM
Frigging cold man. I’m telling you, this is cold. I know, I know. But, hey, it’s been a while since I experienced a true Midwestern February. Using some public transportation yesterday around O’Hare Airport and almost got into it with the bus driver, who was wearing a Blackhawk hat. I wasn’t cruel, just practical. Let him know I was a Wing fan. He became angry then said mean words to me. We exchanged niceties for a few, but I took it easy because I have great sympathy for the Wirtz-afflicted Hawk fans.
Oh, and Bubba landed the big Swedish fish. Yes, you know Floppa’s now in Nashville, a city that will welcome him I’m sure. Not only is Nashville known for its love of Swedes, but hockey in general.
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