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You wanted a rivalry?

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Stand The Flip By…Tick Tock To Deal In TC

Filppula’s deal means less than a mil to work with and that means somebody’s gotta go, eh Kenny?

Khan(!)

“We’ll have to make a decision based on the 23-man roster, the salary cap and age,’’ Holland said. “We’ll have to be prepared to trade some players. I would expect there would be interest in some of our players.’‘

A trade is pretty much guaranteed.  A trade.  But…Tick Tock may have taken it a step further, eh?  “...interest in some of our players.”

Interesting.

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Confirmed:  Fil For Five

Via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up another piece of their Stanley Cup Championship team.

The club signed restricted free agent forward Valtteri Filppula to a five-year, $15 million contract on Wednesday.

 

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My Guess? It’s Flippin’ Imminent

Updated 1012 EST:  Email from Risto Pakarinen, blogger at NHL.com:  “Hasn’t signed yet, getting closer, likely to sign before fri hearing.”

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Tick Tock generally gets what he wants.  He’s greedy that way.  And so are we.  And right now?  What we’d like is news of a Filppula deal, hopefully one of a long-term variety.

But…the Diggers are disappointing us again.  So, just for fun, I thought I’d pick up the rotary and dial Wally’s agent.  Guy named Bill Zito of Acme Sports.

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Digger…Departing

Teddy Kulfan coined a phrase.  He was the first Deep Digger Captain.  Fifty years from now when A2Y is finally acknowledged as the greatest blog ever invented anywhere on any internet, he will be given credit as one of the inspirations.

But he’s a former Digger now. 

And here’s how it went down.  An Abel to Yzerman Deep Digger Departing Exclusive.

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Shake Up In The Ranks? Dig It

Update: It’s been 131 minutes since we posted this alert, and the response has been insane.  Emails, phone calls, telegraphs.  Hockeytown is an an uproar and I’m feeling the pressure to break this one wide open.  I’m resisting.  Until 0900 EST.
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The A2Y Investigative Squad, our interns from Ferris State, have broken another one. 

Word has leaked that one of our Diggers is a Digger no more.

Which one?

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Oh….So You Want A Little Friction?

Yes, by god. I know.  I know it’s late July and I really know the hockey world has come to a complete stop waiting for TO’s Diva to make up her mind.  The only thing we know about Mats Sundin is that he really doesn’t care all that much about winning a Cup.  The rest?  Doesn’t matter to much to me.  Vancouver, Toronto, New York…doesn’t matter.

If he’d signed with Montreal by now?  Yeah, that would be a statement.  Now? I really don’t care. Pick a spot. Don’t.  Stay in Sweden. Whatever.

Meanwhile, I’ve got a ditty for you.

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Holland: Hank Priority Number 1

Tick Tock Kenny, appearing with Stoney and Wojo on WDFN, re-re-confirmed that Downey and Mac have both been offered 2-way deals.  Also said his priorities are Zetterberg, then Franzen.  Hoping each of them “buy into the Wings’ system”.  In other words, take less to prolong the Dynasty.  Sounds good to me.

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League Office: Fans Not Allowed To Attend Winter Classic

Little Gary is nailing this one. I mean he’s drilling it.  Drilling down and drilling deep as only Mini-Stern can. 

I wasn’t at the presser today, but here’s the one I held in my noggin.

Will there be a Winter Classic Gary? “Yes.”
Where? “Chicago.”

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Speaking Of The KHL…

It would look like Mark Hartigan’s got himself a cozy new home.

As posted at LGW, Latvia appears to be the destination.

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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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