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Tick Tock: After 85 minutes, “We Like Our Team”

Hi. Good morning. I think this is going really well. You?

Jim Nill's having a nice day. He used to work for the Wings.

Steve Yzerman's having a good week. He used to be a Wing.

Pittsburgh's having a decent day. We don't like them much.

And Kenny?

Jack Squat.

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Hey Wake Up

I know the 19 have better things to do during the off-season, but if you can put down your beverage for a minute, I have one question for you.

What UFA do want want to see in the winged-wheel next season?

No trade involved, just strictly one signing or do you feel the Wings should stay the course and let it play out during training camp.

But if you do think they should make a trade, go ahead and make the offer.

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Do You Want Mike Green?

With new management in place, the Washington Capitals may want to strengthen their defensive play and may think about moving Mike Green.

He will be on his final year of a contract with a cap hit of just over $6M.

If he is available, would he be a fit for the Wings?

He does shoot from the right side, would be a great PP addition but his defensive side is at times a liability.

If you say yes, what would you give up for Green?

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Do You Want Dan Boyle?

Dan Boyle will not be returning to the San Jose Sharks next season.

Report is the Sharks offered discussed with him a one year deal but Boyle is looking for at least two years.

He is 37 years old, shoots right and made almost $6.7K last year.

If you do want to sign him, what would you pay him for the two years?

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Do You Want Phaneuf?

As George Malik pointed out this morning, the names of Jason Spezza and Dion Phaneuf have popped up in the trade rumor talk.

Let's forget about Spezza and concentrate on Phaneuf.

Even though the reports state the Leafs would like to move him out of conference, would you have an interest in Phaneuf wearing the winged-wheel?

If so, what do you give up?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Both Phaneuf and Spezza are on deals worth $49 million US over seven years. The difference: While 2014-15 is the final season of Spezza’s contract, it is the first year for Phaneuf, whose extension was announced while the Leafs were in Michigan prepping for the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at the Big House against the Red Wings....

In terms of Phaneuf, any intrigued teams would be saddled with a long-term contract that runs into the next decade.

Having said that, it should not come as a surprise that the Leafs would be kicking tires around the league to gauge potential interest in the veteran defenceman. Indeed, MLSE president Tim Leiweke, who last month brought in Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan to serve as team president, is not a patient man.

“No one is untradeable,” Leiweke said during a recent radio interview, adding that Shanahan and GM Dave Nonis have the final say on roster decisions.

Having fielded calls on Phaneuf during the season, the Leafs feel there is a market for the captain, making the possibiliy of a deal far moe realistic.


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The Church Bell Chimed Til It Rang 93 Times

It's rough. Probably too rough to feed you.  

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Current Events

A few ditties to start your day...

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Franzen’s Inevitable Exit

Paul just posted this, and unless you've read our Deep Diggers for years you have no idea just how unique it is.

It's a very rare situation, a Wing beat writer actually criticizing a player. It just doesn't happen. It's not allowed.

Unless, of course, it is.  By Mike Babcock, or by Ken Holland.

And in the case of Johan Franzen? It's batteries release.  The Wings are obviously dissatisfied with his play, as we all are.  The media has been highly butt-hurt with his refusal to speak with them over the years.  But they've never mentioned just how irritating they found it until today.

...but talking to reporters through times good and bad is a reflection on a player, and it reflects as poorly on Franzen as does another silent spring.

Read St. James' article and understand how much of a deviation it is from the Deep Digger MO.

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Understatement Of The Day

"We need more out of Mule, it' simple - Babcock

Babcock feels Franzen should handle media a little better and it would benefit him...

via Ted Kulfan tweets.  Johan Franzen turned down numerous media requests today after practice.

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As Big Freighters Go, Franzen’s Bigger Than Most. He Might Want To Consider Playing Like It.

Two things before we get started.  1. Donate.  This is the time of year to do it.  Paul is tireless and he does this for you guys. Donate.   2.  Carolina. If the Wings are done after two more games, you can look back to a Friday game against Carolina as the real culprit.

Rumor has it that Sergei Fedorov was on the training table in some dressing room, maybe St. Louis or even Denver, in '97. Steve Yzerman, a man some would consider the greatest Captain of any team in the history of organized sports, hobbled in and pretty much called him a name typically reserved for felines and 63 percent of all Denver males.

Yzerman, according to lore, informed Fedorov (the original Enigma) that pain is pain and men are men and that pain doesn't stop a man from doing the job other men need him to do.

I don't remember how Fedorov played the rest of that series but I distinctly recall thinking he should have won the Conn Smythe that year instead of Mike Vernon.

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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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