Kukla's Korner

Abel to Yzerman

Goodbye Grand Rapids: Mac Says He’s Ready

Darren McCarty’s played, what he hopes, will be his final home game as a Grand Rapids Griffin.  He notched an assist last night in their 5-3 victory, giving him ten points in 13 games.  Now? He says he’s ready to hit Hockeytown.

Grand Rapids Press

“The last few games, things are coming together. Hockey-wise, everything is getting there,” McCarty said. “I think I’m ready to make that next step.”

Kudos (I would say “high marks”, but I’m not Canadian(en), so I’m not allowed) to Michael Zuidema of the GR Press for his coverage of McCarty’s comeback bid, and the Griffs in general.  His articles should be mandatory reading for the Diggers, as he’s done a good job balancing the big story (McCarty) with the daily grind of pumping out daily stories as a beat writer.

McCarty still has two more road games left this weekend before reporting to the Wings on Monday.

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: mccarty

Train Delay

I didn’t see the hit on Kopecky, and I didn’t see Downey’s antics, and I didn’t see Rafalski’s body slam of a guy who outweighs him by thirty pounds.  No, I wasn’t passed out.  Damn you all for thinking that.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: babcock, bitter+little+bitch+blues+fans, bowman, downey, drake, fedorov, hasek, holmstrom, kopecky, kronwall, legace, little+gary, rafalski, stress+train, verizon+sucks, zetterberg

Man, The NHL Network Rules

At least that’s what I hear.  Because, you know, I haven’t seen a frigging second of it all year.  Why?

Because Verizon Fios doesn’t carry it here in DC. Nor do they carry the Center Ice Package. So, if I want to watch hockey I have to go down to the…ready?.....yes, The Verizon Center.


Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

Pencil Him In For Sunday

Nick Lidstrom reported little pain after the morning skate today.  He’s ready.  Chris Chelios? Not so much.

St. James

Lidstrom, who suffered a sprained right knee Feb. 18 at Colorado, skated again today and reported improvement.

“I’m hoping for Sunday,’” he said. “I’m feeling a little bit sluggish because I’ve only skated for two days, and I just want to get a few more practices under my belt.”

Chris Chelios, who suffered a chipped right fibula Feb. 22 at Calgary, also skated, but isn’t improving.

“Actually, not at all, to be honest with you,” Chelios said.

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

Have A Happy And A Healthy

Well, well, well.  Happy learned how to putt.  My second favorite line in that movie, only behind…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

The Dater Response

As many of you have noticed, Sobbing Dive Apologist Adrian Dater jumped feet first into the A2Y sand box today, defending himself following a kindhearted ode to his brilliance we posted earlier today.

A quick recap.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

Eat It Strickland: Lidstrom May Play Sunday

Well, so much for that Strickland prediction of a “two month” injury to Nick Lidstrom.  Whew.  Deep breath, since we all believed that garbage. 

WDFN, Khan(!) and the Anti-Digger are all hinting at a Sunday return for the captain.


Mike Babcock said he could return to the lineup Sunday at home against Nashville.

“It’s a possibility,’’ Lidstrom said. “I felt a little sluggish out there, haven’t skated in two weeks, skated (Monday) and felt OK, so I’m hoping it’s going to improve the next few days so I can play hopefully this weekend.’‘

Thanks to Okie, Czar of the KK Forum, for the pointers.


Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

Bitter, Bitter In Saint Loo

You know, I bring up from time to time the fact that the Blues fans have a Wing hatred that runs deeper than most of us even imagine.  It’s tough for us to fathom; probably because we haven’t lost to any team as consistently, and as painfully, as the Blues have to Detroit over the years.  I’ve always just assumed it was genetic, inbred, inherited, whatever. 

But I’m finally realizing where it stems from…the media in St. Louis.  For whatever reason, they are infatuated with the prospect of Wing failure.  Yes, you know of Andy Strickland’s fictional follies over at Klessel’s pay-for-swill site.

Now another SL media member is chiming in.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

Digging Deeper: Dater Dumber By The Day

Updated at 1124 ESTI’ve pasted below the response Matt Saler provided to Dater’s blog entry. 

Been a few days since you’ve stuck your head in an oven?  Scars healing from the last self-induced fork to the temple?  Good. So you’re feeling healthy, spry even.

The only redeeming quality of sobbing Dive apologist Adrienne Dater?  He actually makes the Detroit sports columnists look smart.

I honestly think the Avs would beat Detroit in the first round of a playoff series right now, too. BUT, only if they get Smyth back. They really need that presence in front of the net to do it. Otherwise, Detroit still has the edge with their puck control. But the skill disparity up front has been largely wiped out with the returns of Sakic, Stastny and, now, Foppa.

Oh…it gets better.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

Tuesday Digging

I put the pegs in the holes, then I put more pegs in different holes.  I look at the drawings and I see the arrows but I don’t trust the arrows.  I drink a little, then remove the pegs and examine them.  I throw one to watch it bounce then I draw pictures of airplanes and goblins on the third page of the directions.  I then skip to the sixth page and it all makes sense…until I get to the ninth page when I realize the peg I threw at the beer bottle is missing and the four poster bed will surely fall apart with a child sleeping in it if I don’t find that peg.

And that’s my life according to Ikea.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

« Previous       ‹ First  < 602 603 604 605 606 >  Last ›      Next »

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


Most Recent Blog Posts