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Note To Hoss: More Money Will Not Buy Your Soul Some Rest…But A Live Blog Will

As mentioned earlier, you disregarded Triumph the other day and that saddened me.  So, for tonite, I took democracy to a new level and picked them myself.

Those without the NHL Network…rejoice and let your disdain for midget David Stern lackeys warm you.

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Go Home, Homer

Not that he’s all that disappointed in missing out on the tropical tail end of the west West Coast trip, but Tomas Holmstrom will be missing tonite’s game with Calgary and Monday’s againt Vancouver.


Forward Tomas Holmstrom was sent home to have an MRI done on his ailing back, coach Mike Babcock said.

St. James

“We’re going to send him home so we can get an MRI tomorrow,” Babcock said. “So he won’t be on the trip.”

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Kronwall In. Homer? Not So Much

Via Deep Digger captain Ansar Khan(!),

Tomas Holmstrom did not practice, still bothered by back spasms, and coach Mike Babcock said he will not play Saturday against the Flames. Tomas Kopecky takes his place on the top line. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall practiced and said his twisted right ankle feels much better. He will return to the lineup.

Also…Derek Meech moves up to a forward position, on the fourth line with Draper and McCarty.

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Scientific Breakthrough In Edmonton?

Aside from being a mild mannered reporter for the Edmonton Sun...

No wonder head coach Craig MacTavish is going grey trying to figure out his players. One minute they’re lifeless, gutless quitters, the next minute they’re battling, swarming, never-say-die comeback kings.

...Robert Tychowski is also an esteemed genetic biologist.

Clearly, this is a team with a split personality. And lately, the side of the personality that contains the suck chromosome is taking over.

“Suck chromosome…”  Got it. Hemingway and whatever famous geneticologist (made that one up too…thanks) all rolled into one.


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Integrity? That Illusion’s Shattered Brother.  It’s A Live Blog.

The polls are closed. And after 119 votes, I’ll admit it.  I recorded the first one this morning and it went to Triumph.  “Magic Power” is easily in the IwoCPO top ten.  I’m also a big Guess Who fan and I even dig me some Neil Young when the time is right.

I can also tell you this: I’ve never listened to a second of a Tragically Hip song, I don’t think.  But peer pressure’s a bitch so I stuck ‘em in there.  It came down to the wire between Rush and Young, with a push from Ronnie Van Zant’s pal the last 90 minutes or so.  The selected lyric?  Well, that just fits.

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Lidstrom For SI’s Sportsman Of The Year?  Never. Gonna. Happen.

By now you’ve seen this from Sports Illustrated’s Kostya Kennedy,

What makes Lidstrom so Sportsman-like is, well, his sportsmanship: his humility, his professionalism. He is intuitive on the ice and equally so in the locker room. Earlier this year Babcock told me that he had never coached player this good. “In what way?” I asked. Replied Babcock: “In any way you can think of.”

The fact that Kennedy picked Lidstrom instead of Gary’s Baby Boy is unique.

The fact that Lidstrom will most likely finish 30th out of 30 (I’ll get to that) is not unique, but it is almost guaranteed.

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Provincial Digging And, Finally, Signing All Three

Of greatest importance to you?  There is a poll at the bottom of this post asking you to vote for tonite’s featured Live Blog artist.  Yes, I could have gone with Edmonton rock/folk legends, or even Western Canadien(an) artists…but I’m just too lazy.  I think, and I could be wrong, that Sammy Johns—writer and singer of the timeless classic, “Chevy Van”—is from Edmonton, but he’s not in the poll.

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Waive Goodbye To Mac

Updated:  Tick Tock, on the Fan 590, just said that if Mac clears, he’s staying in Detroit.

I’m sure the emperor has beaten me to this, and if you’re reading this on the main page for the second time, I feel real and sincere shame.

Via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Darren McCarty on waivers on Tuesday.

McCarty, 36, signed a one-year contract with the Wings in the offseason after re-joining the club last winter and helping lead the team to its fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years.

More from our Diggers as I get it.

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Twin Killing? Probably Not

Dammit.  I held my breath as I looked at the schedule this morning, hoping Edmonton wouldn’t be playing again for a few more days.  I guess, in the excitement of all those Rahmani commercials last night, I forgot about the consistent “Hitchcock scouting the Oil” references from Ken and Mick.

My point?  They’re anxious in Alberta, and it would appear Craig MacTavish may be on the outs.

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I Got More Than I Could Ask For…11 Cups, a 12 of Yuengling And A Live Blog

Oh, it was a barnburner.  Right down to the 1830 deadline.  And I have to tell you, the first band I cast a vote for?  Grand Funk.  Part of me was hoping for Glenn Fry so I could yank out some classic Eagles.  But there will be many other opportunities for that.

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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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