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Once and Future Wings

Couple stories to point you to this morning. First, Jiri Fischer will be returning to the ice in an exhibition in Saginaw this Saturday.

On Saturday, the hockey champion will make his first public appearance on the ice since his heart stopped beating. He will raise money to bring devices like the one that revived him to rinks, schools and nonprofit agencies across mid-Michigan.

Fischer will join doctors and paramedics in a 5 p.m. charity hockey game at TheDow Event Center’s Wendler Arena, 303 Johnson, Saginaw.


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The Day After

Updated below with feedback on Derek Meech’s play last night.

Jiri Hudler was so excited that the Wings kept him in Detroit that he went out and sucked worse than he has all year.  Like invisibly sucked.  Four shifts in the second. Four more in the third.  None in OT and a shootout attempt he could have kicked from the bench with more chance of success.

If not for The Lilja Situation, Hudler could easily be considered a goat today.  But far be it from us to take any of the spotlight away from Lilja.  Trouble in his own end? Say it isn’t so.  My memory is foggy, of course, but I’m sure that’s the first time we’ve seen anything similar to that.

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Tick Tock Kenny Stands Pat…Until 1518: Stuart To Wings

Unless one of those hinky deals that always seem to follow the deadline’s final minute come through in the next half hour, it would appear that the organ-I-zation is placing all their bets, all their cap space, all their hopes on an injury depleted team that’s won once in the last ten games.

As bleak as that sounds, it’s completely understandable should the health issues work themselves out in time to get some momentum for the playoffs.

But…if the worst happens in April, there will be questions.

That’s what I had written when I heard this:  Brad Stuart to the Wings for a 2 and a 4.

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Who’s Left?

Updated 1315: Fedorov to Caps for a prospect.

If Tick Tock Kenny’s going to make a move, James Mirtle has provided a list of who’s left.

Marian Hossa, Olli Jokinen,

Adam Foote

, Jeff Carter, John-Michael Liles,

Sergei Fedorov

, Tom Preissing, Brad Stuart, Ladislav Nagy, Ron Hainsey, Michael Ryder, Miroslav Satan, Bobby Holik, David Vyborny, Mike Peca, Ruslan Fedotenko, Chris Gratton, Marek Malik, Rhett Warrener

Those are just the UFA’s provided by James.  This name is one I’m still watching: Nik Antropov.

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Stress Train Is Full: Draper Hurt

I know it’s only a little after noon.  Go ahead and start drinking.


Wings GM Ken Holland was just interviewed on TSN and said he is more likely to do a smaller trade than a major move. Holland also said center Kris Draper won’t play tonight in Edmonton due to an undisclosed injury. That means Mark Hartigan will dress in his spot. Dominik Hasek will back-up Chris Osgood tonight, so that means Jimmy Howard was sent back down to Grand Rapids.


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Tracking The West

Updated 1301

All aboard.  Wing fans know what I mean.

Dallas?  Yep.  Brad Richards.

San Jose? Yep. Brian Campbell.

Anaheim?  Not yet.

Denver: Forsberg, Foote, Salei


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All The Whining That’s Fit To Print

So, as AlanaH already pointed out, the New York Times’ hockey blog Slap Shots is featuring comments from 30 bloggers representing (you guessed it Bubba) each team in the league. 

Here’s the link to the bloggers representing the Division That Gary Built.

And hey, here’s a shocker.  The Blues guys don’t like the Wings.  Grab your tissues.

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Deadline Day On Speed: Your Wing Bloggers

Sometimes, when I’m alone and it’s raining, I think I’m actually Pete at Yzerman Is God.  The way he writes is the way I speak, and I dig that.

Speaking of extensions, there is no fu*&ng way we get Hossa and extend him. It’s just not going to happen. Unless we trade Zetterberg, or Lidstrom, or Datsyuk, or Rafalski. You just can’t have five guys making 6M+. Take your pick. I’ll go with the four we got. Same argument goes for why we can’t trade for Jokinen.


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Mac’s Baggage

George Sipple may lose his Deep Digger union card for this one.

Even now, with the real possibility looming that he will don a jersey with a winged wheel for the first time in four years, McCarty has a personal life with loose ends, debts and ill will that stretch back to Alberta.

New details of how he left for Michigan late last year paint a portrait, depending on your point of view, of a tortured soul trying to find himself or an opportunist who took the money—plus a truck—and ran, much as he has been running from bad situations of his own making his entire hockey life.

More from the Freep.

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Deadline Eve Odds and Ends

A few little ditties to point you to this evening as you all grapple with the sniffles and the tummy aches and whatever ailments will keep you home from work tomorrow.

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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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