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Dear Gary: I Apologize

Gary Bettman deserves your scorn.  And, thankfully, you give it to him frequently.

But I’ve been knocked down a peg today.  One of the 19, RWBill, posted an image in the comments of this post that explains the innocent mistake Gary’s crack staff made last evening.

Even the most astute of commissioners can’t be blamed for mistaking Nick Lidstrom for Dick Lindstrom.

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Re-Rack ‘em

Some dude named Jean working for the Calgary Herald asked Matt at Battle of Alberta for his take on a 1998 NHL draft do-over.

1998, you’ll recall, was the year Pavel Datsyuk was drafted in the 6th round, 171st overall.

According to Matt, things might be a tad different today.

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Bettman:  “There’s an ‘n’ in there.  Put it in there.  Do it.”

He’s only won six Norris trophies Gary.  You gave him the cup a little over a week ago.

What did you say to him then?  “Congrats Dick”?

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The Legend? It Lives On From The Chippewa On Down.  In Its Honor?  An NHL Awards Show Live Blog

I’ll be editing this as we move along.

Gordie Howe, Lifetime Achievement Award?  Could it have gone to anyone else?

Lidstrom, Norris?  Check. Legendary.  2nd Best Ever?  Maybe.  Maybe Better.

Datsyuk, Selke? Check.  “Long speech, but English is little.”

Zetterberg, Selke? Denied, but with a big old consolation trophy.

Datsyuk, Byng? Check. There was no doubt.

Chelios, Masterson? Denied, but with a Cup, and still with a job…allegedly.

Uncle Mike Babcock, Adams?  Denied, but there is no doubt, none, who the best coach in the NHL is.

It’s a dynastic Live Blog.

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Alright. One More Poll

Holy…Two consecutive polls.  Good frigging sweet baby adorable Jesus.  Only on A2Y.  Progressive. Aggressive. Bold.

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Choose Your Wing Winners

Who has the best chance of winning tonite?

This is important.  Vote.

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One Week Later:  Readers Have Questions

The emails keep pouring in.  Thousands of Wing fans wanting my opinion, seeking my views.  It’s almost too much for me to handle. If not for the crack A2Y staff and interns from Saginaw Valley State University, I’d be in over my head.

Oh yes.  It’s time for reader/Chief Q and A. 

It’s time to go…back to the sack.

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One More For Gordo: We’re Gonna Live Blog The Awards Show

You’re damn right we are.  I don’t even know what time the frigging show starts, but I’ll find out.  Oh yes I will.  And we’re going to live blog it like nothing’s ever been live blogged before.

It will be riveting and it will all happen here.  Man, this day is going to drag.  The anticipation…it’s killing me already.

If you’re a new reader, lured in by our affection for Drew Sharp, you may not understand the “Gordo” reference.  One of the 19 confirmed A2Y readers, Ryan, has provided this image to clear that issue up for you.

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Good Luck Todd.  Here’s To You Losing At Least 4 Next Year.

Uncle Mike with a new deal, and a big hole to fill.

St. James

Todd McLellan will be announced as the Sharks’ new head coach tomorrow, having agreed to a three-year deal. McLellan was assistant to Babcock the past three years.

McLellan flew to San Jose this weekend, and two days worth of interviews with general manager Doug Wilson went so well McLellan cancelled a meeting he had scheduled for later this week for the job in Atlanta.

And a classic quote from Uncle Mike on the occasion of his little buddy’s hiring.


“He’s more than prepared to be a head coach in the league. (Fellow assistant) Paul MacLean is the same way,’’ Babcock said earlier today, prior to the hiring. “We’ll find some other workaholic that loves hockey and hire him.’‘


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Stop What You’re Doing

A concerned reader sent this to me today.  It’s important that you see it.

Note to Ollie Jokinen:  Come to Detroit, my friend.  You have my word, you’ll never have to do anything like this again.

Oh, and if you’re still in contact, pass the word to the piano player that he may have made a bad choice this time last year.

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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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