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Headed to Hockeytown

The trek to JLA starts now.  Will be posting the Keys to Game 1 this afternoon from Detroit.  Live Blog will start tonite at 1930. More on that to follow.

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Cleared? Check.  Practice? Check.

Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod asks a pretty good question, “Has this story taken on a life of its own or what?”

No doubt.

Johan Franzen is on the ice with the Red Wings as they warm up for their practice.


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Just Four More, Mike

Think Uncle Mike hasn’t been thinking about this for a while? 

Detroit News/John Niyo

When asked what it would mean to see his name on the Stanley Cup, Babcock said he never used to get close enough to see the different names on the hallowed trophy.

That is, until a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where Babcock spent considerable time reading some of the names on the Stanley Cup.

“I’m not thinking about that. I’m not thinking about my name,” said Babcock, who suddenly stopped and was visibly moved.

Babcock quickly composed himself and took a swig of water.

“That’d be nice,” Babcock said.

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As some frigging genius pointed out earlier…if Mule’s practicing tomorrow, he’s playing Saturday. 

Well, he’s practicing.  St. James said the logical conclusion is....

The Wings say he is still day-to-day, but since he can get in practice tomorrow and the morning skate Saturday, the odds seem good he will in fact play Saturday night. Babcock said earlier in the week that as soon as Franzen is cleared, he’ll play.

Thanks to Tdeters for the pointer.


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Four Bloggers Via Mirtle

Updated 2020 EST with the final two bloggers.

Two Wing bloggers.  Two Pens bloggers.  All of them objective and wholesome as the driven snow.  James Mirtle asked the bustling staffs of A2Y, PensBlog, On The Wings and Empty Netters to provide insight into The Greatest Final Ever.

So far, Matt Saler and Seth Rorabaugh have weighed in. 

PensBlog and the frigging Chief chimed in later.

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Planning A Parade?

I am….hypothetically, of course. 

Here’s a bit of the preview the guys at the NYT’s Slap Shot blog asked me to provide.

What would be the ideal parade route or civic celebration if your team wins the Stanley Cup?

An ideal parade route, and let me know if we can use the massive power of The Times to arrange this, would start in Denver, truck east toward St. Louis, spend a day there showing them what they’ll never have, then on to Detroit. Is that possible?

Read the rest here.

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St. James: Franzen “Doubtful For Game 1”

Updated 1355 EST:  One more note from John Niyo.  Dan Cleary ditched the face guard today.

Updated 1344 EST:  See below. I told you bastards he was fine.  Just fine.

Here’s what else is “doubtful,” that the Diggers have an ounce of nad between them, St. James included.  Why?

First, what she’s saying today.

I just spoke with general manager Ken Holland and he said Johan Franzen is still doubtful for Game 1.

Franzen hasn’t played since Game 1 against Dallas because of headaches, but Holland said Franzen has been headache free now for a handful of days.

“He feels pretty good, no headaches, but he hasn’t been cleared to practice full out,” Holland said. “He’s day-to-day, doubtful for Game 1.”

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Thursday Digging: The Bloggers

Memo to all A2Y readers: the Hasek club car has been hosed, fumigated and refurbished.  It is now, once again, open for your patronage.  The Stress Train itself won’t leave the station until mid-day tomorrow, but I understand many of you have become homeless since Games 4 and 5 against Dallas.  I feel ya.  Establish residency for as long as domestic situations require you to do so.

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Just This Once…We’re Going Juvie

Perusing the 87,000 comments at Pensblog today I staggered upon a few misperceptions.

The Wings are not the Yankees of the NHL.  An idiotic argument, considering the Cap and Tick Tock Kenny Holland’s drafting and scouting machine.  The Wings are also not the Patriots of the NHL, as our free agent signings have been limited (yet brilliant).  Other than Rafalski, who is our Randy Moss, our Junior Seau, our Dante Stalworth, etc?  Home grown (60 percent of the team), selectively dealt for (Draper, Maltby, Stuart), or signed when no one else would (Cleary, Samuelsson, Lilja).

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Breaking News From Dallas:  They’re Still Bitter

Considering how kind we were to Dallas and their fans, you’d think they would look back fondly at the Conference Finals.  Oh, I know it hurt to lose. We’ve been there.  But, I guess I was just hoping fences would be mended.  It’s a secret goal of mine to make peace with fans of the teams whose souls have been crushed under the skates of a Dynasty.

I guess that’s not going to happen any time soon.

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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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