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Looking for Wing Pick Info?

Your boy Teddy Kulfan’s got short breakdowns on every Detroit pick. You can see them here.

Also check out Red Wings Central for quite a bit of news on the first round selection, Brendan Smith.  Not much over there on the later round selections, but those guys are prospect nuts so I’m sure they’ll have comprehensive reviews on all the youngsters soon.

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Wing Talk From The Draft

Updated 1420 EST:  A Rice asked below if I’d heard anything about Ryan Smyth.  Considering I’ve coined this the Summer of Smyth, it seems logical I should provide an update on the future Wing.  Here’s the latest from Tim Wharnsby at The Globe and Mail.

There will be plenty of speculation as to which sweater soon-to-be-unrestricted free agent Ryan Smyth will wear next season between now and when the free-agency period begins on July 1. In less than 24 hours in Columbus, we’ve already heard four different scenarios concerning Smyth.

1. The New York Islanders were confident that they will re-sign Captain Canada any day now.
2. He will only sign with a Canadian club.
3. The Islanders were trying to trade Smyth’s rights.
4. Smyth would prefer to test the market on July 1 and then decide on the best fit.

The first rumour is false. At this point, the Islanders have no chance at re-signing Smyth. The third circumstance may happen, but the buyer should be aware that the third scenario is the direction Smyth wants to travel. He wants to sign with a team that appears to him a win-win situation. The first win is the contract and the second win is how competitive the team will be.

And from Bruce Garrioch.

There’s a lot of talk Anaheim could bring in Ryan Smyth next season. He will be an unrestricted free agent and GM Brian Burke could have the money to spend if Teemu Selanne retires.

Expect a cap of 50.5.  If you’re wondering if you should like that…you should.

Word is Todd Bertuzzi’s looking for 3 million/year for 3 years.  Not gonna happen with the Wings.  Detroit’s looking at a one year, incentive laden contract; then probably looking to sign him longer term if he proves himself after next season.

Mathieu Schneider is willing to discuss a home team discount with Detroit, but he only has so much will power.  If someone offers him something insane like 6mil/year over two or three, it would be tough for him to turn it down.  However, if the offer is “reasonable”, like 3 or 4 over two or three, then he’d probably accept 400k less to stay with the Wings.

Hasek’s deal is as good as done, just working out some of the minor details.

And there’s this…Igor Grigorenko is considered about 80 percent of what he used to be, but the Wings are still looking forward to seeing what he can do in TC and chances are good he’ll end up with a spot.

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Fans are Rabid For Hockey In Okinawa

Unbelievable interest in the NHL in the Far East.  As I ordered my Orion beer, seaweed and raw fish the waiter was discussing Nick Lidstrom’s 5th Norris Trophy with a few patrons just to my left.  They were speaking in Japanese so I couldn’t understand precisely what was being said.  In fact, I couldn’t understand a single word.  But I could tell by their excited tone that Lidstrom was the subject.  Rumors on the streets here (e5) are that Gary Bettman heard a similar converstaion while watching Speed Racer in a Karaoke bar in Tokyo four weeks ago, just before he sang “Chevy Van.”  Heading to the airport to begin my 25 hour trek back to the states.  Semi-regular posting will re-convene soon.

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Singapore Loves Its Hockey

Blogging from the East, the far East.  A whirlwind tour of Singapore, Guam and Japan has left me hockey-less and incommunicado the last week or so.  Regular posting will re-commence soon.  I will mention that Tiger Beer is good, very good.  Have patience troopers.  A2Y will return in a few short days.

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Vanbiesbrouck: “Hasek Didn’t Battle Hard Enough”

That’s what he said moments ago on NHL Live.  He’s been calling the SCF for NHL radio and said that the “faces on the Wings bench said it all.  Hasek didn’t battle hard enough.”


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No Caption Required

But I’ll write one anyway, just for fun.


“Uh oh.”

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BJ’s and the Entry Draft: Tell Me That’s Not a Winning Combination

Stand by.  The Columbus Bloggers are ready to host a bash and every single one of you is invited.  Michael at Army of the Ohio has posted his manifesto on the event and it’s looking like they’ve got a handle on it. 

Details: 22 June, Columbus, Michael and Drew from EOB are buying the warm beers (well…they’ll have to confirm that one), and the party’s open to hockey fans and bloggers alike.

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Taming Sasquatch; Zetterberg Returns

In case you were wondering just how stupid Chris Pronger is, and really there’s no mystery anymore, Eric Duhatschek has his rap sheet laid out nicely for you.

Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger was suspended for the seventh time by the NHL Sunday. The previous six:

  * V. Pat Peake, slashing, four games, 10/29/95
  * V. Jeremy Roenick, highsticking, four games, 12/27/98
  * V. Kelly Buchberger, leaving bench for altercation, one game, 10/11/00
  * V. Brenden Morrow, crosscheck, two games, 04/03/02
  * V. Ville Nieminen, kicking, one game, 03/14/04
  * V. Tomas Holmstrom, elbow to the head, one playoff game, 05/15/07

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Khan(!): Discussions With Schneider Begin

And the first deep digger to climb out of his post-playoff hole is….Khan(!).  That’s why you’re the captain, Ansar.  After only 8 days of silence, you’re back with a vengeance.

The Wings appear to be making progress in contract talks with defenseman Mathieu Schneider. General manger Ken Holland said Friday that he spoke with Schneider’s agent, Mike Gillis, earlier this week and will talk to him again next week.

The club has made it a priority to re-sign Schneider, who’s coming off two of the best seasons of his career. And Schneider has said several times that Detroit has been the best stop in his career. So it looks like they’ll find a way to get a deal done.

Ansar also mentions the likelihood that we’ve seen the last of Markov.  More here.

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It’s Saturday And I’m Sad

I think it’s safe to say that I’m still feeling the effects of The Fluttering Puck From The Gates Of Hell.  Yes, the capstone moment of the Kick To The Groin.  Granted, when I read blog titles like this:  US Navy Assists Al Qaida Dirtbag in Search For Martyrdom, I feel warm inside.  But, it’s not enough.

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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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