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Yzerman Responds

You didn’t read it here, but someone out there thinks the retirement of Steve Yzerman actually helped the Wings.  You know I’m referencing the recent article by ESPN’s Scott Burnside in which he says the absence of Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan changed the tone for the better in the Wing room.  Do I agree with that assessment?  Mum’s the word…for now.

John Niyo, though, reports this morning that Yzerman commented to the CBC last night.

“I think the team’s a better team without a broken-down, 41-year-old Steve Yzerman, no question,” Yzerman told CBC’s Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey . “That’s why I retired. I didn’t feel I could help this team anymore.

“But to think that my presence was a hindrance or a negative in the locker room, I would say that’s completely inaccurate or ridiculous.”

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Dumbest Team In Sports, Except For One Genius

Jerry Green writes this morning that the Poultry could very well be the dumbest team in all of sports.  I don’t know if I can agree with that.  Yes, there is a strong possibility that they are startlingly stupid, up and down their roster.  I’m not denying that.  But, if you’re going to average IQ’s you have to know that chris pronger’s is going to move the

median (



(Thanks Baroque) northward. 

Because he knows him some physics.  That’s right.  Dr. Sasquatch.  The eccentric genius.

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Off Day Digging

Still trying to figure out what Little Gary’s logic is in employing a three-day layoff between Games 4 and 5.  I guess the idea of shafting Canada by denying them their HNIC Saturday fix was just too tempting to resist.  A conference final doubleheader?  Ottawa/Buffalo at 5 followed by Wings/Poultry at 8?  Six consecutive stress-filled hours?  Nah.  Split it up and stick the Sens and Sabres with a 2pm Saturday start, then Detroit and the duckies with a Sunday afternoon game all of America will opt out of in favor of edging and spreading mulch.


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Wasted Opportunity

And not just one of them.  Several.  Start with the absence of Sasquatch and a depleted blue line that couldn’t even pretend to put up any form of resistance from ten minutes onward in the third.

Then move to two 5-3’s that netted nothing.

And continue that thought when you consider what a 3-1 lead would have meant to the Wings, with 11 straight potential series clinching victories to their credit.

And we move to another pivotal Game 5 in Hockeytown.  Good news?  Yep.

Detroit has outscored their last two opponents (both “favorites”) 9-2 in Game 5’s.

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All Aboard

Updated 2225 EST with your hard to believe stat of the night. Bertuzzi's goal was his third this playoff...his career high. He also equaled, with that goal, his career high in points(6). image

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Your Thursday Dose of Cheli

Courtesy of the guys at WDFN, here’s your weekly adventure with Chris Chelios.  Today…Sasquatch and what he’s got coming to him somewhere down the road, the brilliance of Nick Lidstrom and the necessity for the league to address hits to the head over the summer.

Listen here.

Heading out to dinner as part of a “team building” endeavor.  Love that stuff.  Since I won’t be around for the next two hours or so, I’m declaring the Stress Train officially open for business.

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Waiting For 4

Another long day.  I’m officially declaring the Stress Train off limits until, oh, let’s go with 2045.  This should be a day of anticipation, not dread.  Think optimistically and how positive a 3-1 lead in Detroit would be for you and your families. 

Am I “predicting” victory tonite?  Well, I’m not coming right out and saying it because we’ve all seen situations where teams lose their best players and rally around his absence.  So, no, I’m not guaranteeing a Wing victory.  I’m sticking with the same prediction I’ve had for this and every series so far: Detroit in 6.

I do, however, have a fun little game for us to pass the time.  As entertaining as “Name That Idiot”?  Maybe not.  But still nifty.

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Suspending Sasquatch: Reaction

Mine? I’ve already given you that.  I’m now officially on record as stating I’d hoped he wouldn’t be suspended because I believe that in his imbalanced state of mind he’s of more benefit to the Wings on the ice (and in the box) then in street clothes.  But, I wasn’t listened to…again.  So, I’ll just say this:  it was a dirty hit by a dirty player.  I didn’t expect a suspension because I didn’t think the league would have the guts to dole one out to a marquee player.  They did and here’s hoping the Wings take advantage of it.

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Temper, Temper: League Deals Sasquatch One Game Suspension

Updated 1638 EST: to include Scott Niedermayer quotes from earlier today regarding hit on Holmstrom. Woops. chris pronger's press box bound for Game 4. Via KK and TSN,

Anaheim Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger has been suspended for one game by the National Hockey League. Pronger received the suspension after Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom was drilled into the boards Tuesday night in the Red Wings' 5-0 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Holmstrom was cut after getting hit into the glass by Pronger and Anaheim forward Rob Niedermayer on the play in question.

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Demers’ Message To Don Cherry


Jacques Demers may want to forward the text of his most recent article to the producers of Hockey Night In Canada, not that they have a shred of influence over what Don Cherry spews when the mic is open.  But it’s worth a shot.

Holmstrom gets hit. His face is full of blood, but he gets up, gets 13 stitches, returns to the game and gets an assist on the fifth goal. That is the best thing that could ever happen to the Red Wings. If Holmstrom can pay the price and come back, that tells you a little something about the mindset of the Red Wings. It was an unbelievable mark of courage and his teammates will follow suit. Anyone who says that European players aren’t tough and will back down ought to watch Holmstrom play hockey.


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