Abel to Yzerman
I guess it goes without saying that Ansar Khan(!) saw the writing on the blog wall. Just minutes after I’d named Bruce MacLeod as this year’s deep digger captain (a move I reversed moments later after heavy pressure from outraged A2Y readers), the MLive Wing beat writer put down the red wine long enough to grace us with a few lines of prose.
Henrik Zetterberg is healthy and Dominik Hasek is hungry. The two arrived from Europe over the weekend and joined most of their teammates for an informal practice Monday at Joe Louis Arena in preparation for the start of training camp on Friday. Zetterberg skated with the team, Hasek took the ice after most of them were done.
It was mid July when the Red Wing marketing savants unveiled this little beauty, a campaign for the ages. Designed by children, geared for the the ignorant and roundly criticized by smart people everywhere. Yes, “Fire on Ice” made its debut and the brilliance of it was startling to us all.
The pure childlike genius of this creation prompted a groundswell of artistry unlike anything seen here since TeamDub danced in his garage on webcam during a live blog last April. The contest to “replace the fire on ice logo because it sucks and sucks hard” began July 17th and wrapped up this evening. Now, your voice will be heard. We’ll open up the polls and determine a winner. And oh what a winner that winner will be. Displayed on the A2Y front page, a 25 dollar gift certificate to Ice Jerseys and the never ending admiration of all 13 of us.
Ready? Excellence awaits you.
Bruce MacLeod is the anti-
and there will be no arguments on that. The guy’s prolific, consistent and not afraid to toss some speculation in there.
Take a seat Khan(!). Your reign is over.
Updated 2037 EST: I stand corrected. I have no idea how I betrayed my sarcastic roots. MacLeod remains the anti-digger. Khan(!) retains the title.
Updated 1748 EST: this from A2Y reader BDH.
Deep Diggers: Getting Their Asses Handed to Them by the Macomb Daily since April 4, 2007.
Short. Simple. Classic. Just like Freddy Patek.
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed, Monday, that three free agents with NHL experience will try out at the team’s main camp this week: defensemen Brent Sopel and Jassen Cullimore and forward Aaron Downey.
More from MacLeod. Reaction later.
Updated 1807 EST: Pete over at Yzerman is God has just posted a very nice take on the Sopel scenario. Check it out here.
He has offensive potential? At least Kronwall and Lebda are young for all we hear that phrase. And he doesn’t look like a defensive stud either. You replace him with Lilja and what do you get? No better on defense, less physicality, oh yeah, and the almighty slapper. Let’s talk about that.
Some real sound analysis of the Wing PP strategy follows that quote. Good stuff Pete.
Two days until the Wings descend on sleepy TC and the intrigue is starting to build. Two names have great potential to throw the whole damn thing into a tailspin the likes we haven’t seen since the Edmund Fitzgerald braved the Superior one fateful night in, umm, some year in the 60’s I think.
Sopel and Grigorenko. Add them to the mix and the main hatchway’s giving in brother because we’re going to have a full load of forwards and a bursting blue line.
Oh alright. No, he didn’t actually say that. But James Mirtle, writing for AOL’s Fan House, agrees with all other smart people in saying it would take some sort of wacked-out science fiction scenario to keep the Central crown out of Hockeytown.
Detroit may remain an old team by NHL standards, but that’s not going to stop them from winning a seventh consecutive Central Division title. Given the league’s ridiculously unbalanced schedule, one that will see the Red Wings face Chicago/Columbus/Nashville/St. Louis 32 times this season, it’s going to be relatively easy pickings as long as Hasek remains healthy.
Jeremy Bonderman’s hurt. The Lions have begun their trek to glory. Tiger Woods won again and I’m sure a redneck drove pretty fast before taking his sister out for a romantic dinner. So finding Wing news today may be tough.
But not as tough as it was a month ago. Thankfully.
Great stuff from Bruce MacLeod tonite on Wing prospective blue liner, Jakub Kindl.
“About a week before we did send him to juniors, we said that we were going to send him out,” said Detroit assistant general manager Jim Nill. “Then we played him a (preseason) game and he played very well. We said that we’d give him one more and then let him go back to juniors and he played better. He wound up playing about five games.”
With seven NHL-experienced defenseman on the team at training camp last fall, there was little chance that Kindl would wind up in Detroit.
Different circumstances will keep Kindl down in GR this year, or at least prompt the Wings to start him there. A stacked blue line, plus zero flexibility with Derek Meech spell a season with the Griffs for the young Czech.
Here’s the great thing about blogging. One guy (the emperor) points to an article about the Wings offering some 9 buck tickets, then a few other guys scoff or applaud the move. Then a reader who happens to be a fellow blogger drops a few bombs in the comment section until she’s formed her argument to the extent she’s ready to post it on her own site. At that point, I read it, agree or disagree, and point you right back to both, throwing in my own elitist views for good measure.
And away we go.
It’s been nearly two years since we came up with the blog title, “Abel to Yzerman.” For most of you, the significance of that has been pretty clear. “Abel” refers to Wing legend Sid Abel. “Yzerman” is our tribute to a little-known role player who somehow eeked his way onto the Detroit roster for 23 consecutive seasons.
Why do I bring that up?
A2Y reader BobTheZee mentioned this morning that he was hoping to see more about Grigorenko’s “debut” last night. I agreed, and here you go.
“He was great out there,” McGrath said. “He can move the puck and he gave me a lot of open chances. He’s smart out there and he and Jan Mursak are two of the best European players I have ever played with.”
Added Mursak, who was a standout himself: “It is hard to tell how good (Grigorenko) is after only one game. But I liked playing with him and (McGrath). I think we will better next game.”
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