Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 02/27/12 at 08:40 AM ET
Good morning Kenny. We’re not in the business of making demands here at A2Y. Yes we have expectations, but none of us would “demand” you do anything other than commit your very soul to keeping our team competitive, every year, for the Cup that belongs to us.
Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t have wishes. And when I say “we”, I mean “I”. Clarifying that for you because a few of the 19 are going to disagree.
My wishes are not unrealistic and I’m going to offer you avenues to make them come true.
First Kenny, a few areas of concern that have led to my three glorious wishes. Scoring is an issue unless Pavel Datsyuk’s on the ice. Of our “snipers”, none have performed as we expected: Filppula, Cleary, Franzen, Zetterberg have been individually subpar. Collectively, they’ve sucked. And that’s at even strength. On the power play, I get pee-shivers just typing those two words together. We’ve never seen it so bad. Ever, Kenny.
You must get us a scorer. Not a fourth-line depth guy. Not a professional penalty killer. A scorer with a dagger. And, while these are only wishes—not demands, it’s going to be very, very hard to understand if Chicago or San Jose land one and we don’t. That will be a tough pill to swallow Tick Tock. That’s not a threat. Just a statement of fact. If either of those two teams dramatically improve while we “get Dats back in two weeks..that’s our deadline move”. That’s just gross.
Kenny, you have a potential, good news/bad news two-year window with Nick Lidstrom. I’m betting the only way he leaves this June is with his fifth Cup in tow. I can take that. I can handle a departure under those terms. What I can’t abide, Kenny, is the greatest defenseman in the history of hockey leaving after a playoff loss, after the organ-I-zation didn’t do everything possible to arm him for his final run. What I don’t want to see, Tick Tock, is a similar scene to the one that’s been seared into our memories, one that featured another Captain and a tunnel in Edmonton.
So you go get him Kenny. Get us a game breaker for now and ever more. Get us Rick Nash and plan to pay him 8 million/year for however long the math toads tell you can work. That’s wish number 1 with a bullet. Offer Scott Howson any two players in our system. Any two. Brendan Smith (because we’re getting Suter this summer) and anyone else. And a pick. First round, second round. I don’t care. Give it up. And Kenny, if it means a roster player? It’s easier for me to tell you who I wouldn’t include. Ready? It won’t take long.
Here’s who I don’t put in a deal for Nash, a big, strong, sniper with great hands and a well of anger as yet untapped by the pansies down in Columbus:
The 1st and 3rd are obvious. The 2nd is the heart of the team, and I still believe that. The 4th because he’s a Red Wing by god. That kid is a Wing and I couldn’t bear to see him go. Not even mentioning the brutal effect on at least one of the 19 from Brazil.
Anyone else? Do it. I say that keeping in mind the fact that Columbus wouldn’t take on Franzen’s salary anyway, and Lidstrom’s just a non-issue. Homer’s too old and wouldn’t be asked for or included. Anyone else? Deal-able.
Wish number 2. Steve Ott. Oh my god I know we hate him. I know it. I also know we hated Dallas Drake and Chris Chelios. I don’t care. I’m not going to get emotional on you now because I want our Cup back. If it means bringing in a scum bag to do it, I’m game. I have no scruples. None. I want the Cup and I want it this June. If Steve Ott can contribute to that, and I believe he can with grit and hate and some will to win, put him in red and white. And do it today. I’d give up far less: a pick and a minor league player not named Smith.
Wish number 3, maybe tied with 2 or definitely in addition to 2: Teemu Selanne. We need help on the power play and I really don’t think it’s coming from within. It’s essential. If that power play doesn’t get much better we might be a first-round loser. I really believe that. Another player we’ve hated, I know. And I don’t care. I just don’t.
I don’t want to hear a damn thing about the future. You’ll get Suter this summer and probably Parise. So if you get Nash, give up Filppula and gain another sniper over the summer the puppies keep bouncing and licking places they shouldn’t. It’s pure joy. Yes, giving up a player like Wally is hard to imagine because we dig the kid.
Well, I dig Cups more. A lot more.
So those are my wishes Tick Tock. Nothing more. Not demands. I’ll still be a fan tomorrow if you don’t make them happen. But the thing is, I’ll be a happier fan with 61 in red and white than I would be with 61 in teal. And if it’s not a GM’s job to make me and the 19 happy? Then I don’t understand what is.
Make it happen, Tick Tock. I want that parade and I want it the second Tuesday in June. This June, Kenny.
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