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Abel to Yzerman

Coming To Terms With A Couple Of Steel Firms

It's not submission.  We're not Blues fans, for god's sake.  It's short-term acceptance.   For a very brief period of time we've come to understand that this franchise's singular goal is to extend the playoff streak.  That's organizationally.  They're thinking of nothing else. They expect nothing other than just getting in.

It's why Pittsburgh landed two captains, both better than the one they already had.  Minnesota improved. Columbus did and so did Boston.  The Diggers hint that we kicked Jagr's tire but not hard enough.  We're also reminded that the Wings committed to a youth movement when injuries hit us in February?  Ok. 

I call it giving up.  But that's just my isolated opinion, I'm sure.

But only for a short period of time, and only in the eyes of Holland and his team of equal-voiced advisors.  Here's why we have legitimate reason for hope:

There is no way Henrik Zetterberg views this as a gloss-over year.  There is no way that a competitive athlete can be this close to the playoffs, and therefore the Cup, and view this postseason as a nice-to-be-here deal. 

But it's not Hank we worry about.  Or Datsyuk. It's not Kronwall or Howard or even the young defense.  It's not Nyquist or whoever else Uncle Mike puts in there on any given night.

Three things must happen if this team is going to go all UM on us and "shock the world", and it would be a horrific shock to those who despise us, wouldn't it? 

Franzen must be the guy we used to know.  Actually, we never really knew him.  He is the guy we know now because the guy we want him to be has only been around for rare glimpses, but thankfully those glimpses were enough for Tick Tock to ensure the guy we do know will be around for a long, long time.  Who has the ability to get under his skin, like Yzerman got under Fedorov's? Like Bowman got under Shanahan's? Putting him at center, telling him to "choose a line" and then "dominate"?  That's not going to cut it.  The most frustrating Wing of our time, without question. 

Filppula.  Does he realize that if he actually performs for the next two months he can write his own ticket?  If Wally plays even close to his potential he could be looking at an epic payday in June or July or whenever Gary decides to let teams other than us sign free agents this summer.  I'm tired of him and I'm anxious to see him go, but I wouldn't mind an explosion of talent that carries us where few outside of the 19 of us really want us to go. 

Helm.  Poor, sweet, innocent Darren by god Helm.  I'm telling you right now that if we get Helm back healthy and if those two fuchtards I mentioned above can play the way baby jesus wants them to? We have a shot.  If we don't get two out of those three? Done like dinner after one just like Kenny and the rationalizers expect and accept.

The three paragraphs above, plus the one sentence that preceded comprise the most obvious thoughts a Wing fan has ever typed. I get that. But it doesn't make them any less critical.  Mule, Wally and God.  We roll with them, or go out whimpering awash in flagellation and excuses from Kenny and his posse.

It's a Live Blog, you bitches.   I once called the Blues the best team in the Western Conference. Now I just call them the 8 seed, if they're lucky...just like the not so distant good old days.

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TheRealYooper's avatar

big octopus swung by Al.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/07/13 at 12:46 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Al Sobotka will get a letter from the midget tomorrow.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 12:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wow.  That was teh slowest skate race Ian White has never won.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/07/13 at 12:46 PM ET

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So JayBlo does the same thing Yak did and no interference?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 12:46 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

“Ooopa” flaming cheese with bread.

most delicious

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:46 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

oh man, E was cocked and loaded on that one

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:47 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

E52 wide open on the point, Cleary sees him, and shoots the puck behind the net.

Just,wow

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 12:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, Buckets just missed a 105 mph shot just waiting at the blue.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/07/13 at 12:48 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Now that was nice work by Kindl, little bit of #5 on that one

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:48 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

like i said,

Yak has a very good shot

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:48 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

E52 wide open on the point, Cleary sees him, and shoots the puck behind the net.

Just,wow

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 01:47 PM ET

I’m thinking he must not have seen him.  Only ‘splanation.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:48 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Al Sobotka will probably be fined for that.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/07/13 at 01:44 PM ET

Or be blamed for the Red Wings shortcomings this year.

Posted by dougie on 04/07/13 at 12:49 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Ass thinks he’s Dangles.

Shut up.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/07/13 at 12:49 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Z’s definitely not at 100%

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:50 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Or be blamed for the Red Wings shortcomings this year.

He hasn’t done a damn thing in the past four years to upgrade that little twirly show of his. cheese

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 12:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Z’s definitely not at 100%

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:50 PM ET

Yup.  Cortizone shots ain’t helping.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/07/13 at 12:51 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Or be blamed for the Red Wings shortcomings this year.

Posted by dougie on 04/07/13 at 01:49 PM ET

and from outta left field…..

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:52 PM ET

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Maybe Hitch will mistake DC’s bald head for glazed donut and eat him.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 12:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

C’mon, White.  There was a Wings player right on the blue line and all you had to do was lead him into a stride.  Idiot.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/07/13 at 12:53 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

DAMN NYQUIL

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Frigging balls….

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

DAMMIT GUS!!!!

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Oh Nyquil!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Nike with the breakaway!

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Maybe Hitch will mistake DC’s bald head for glazed donut and eat him.

Or a huge eagle will mistake it as an egg, and smother him as it incubates his head.

We can only dream

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

klank's avatar

Maybe Hitch will mistake DC’s bald head for glazed donut

here I thought that was a clump of dandruff.

 

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Ice Patch has to point out the fact that a blue fell.  Such a fuching tool.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:55 PM ET

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Or a huge eagle will mistake it as an egg, and smother him as it incubates his head.

We can only dream

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 01:54 PM ET

And hatch a baby douche…..no thanks

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 12:55 PM ET

dougie's avatar

That missed shot hit a patch of octopus slime that Al did not clean up.

Posted by dougie on 04/07/13 at 12:55 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

FINALLY

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:55 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Gator draws one.

No whiskey, please

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:55 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Now THAT’s the Abber I like.  Drawing calls.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/07/13 at 12:55 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Perron just knocked the crap out of both Fil and Ass-Mule on the same shift.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 12:56 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

tHIS IS AWESOME!

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:57 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

SHOOT. THE. PUCK.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 12:57 PM ET

SYF's avatar

White’s so skittish with the puck on the PP.

No wonder the PP is whiskey dicked.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/07/13 at 12:58 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Steen being a Douche favorite slashing at Andersson’s ankles.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/07/13 at 12:59 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Eaves makes something out of nothing

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:59 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Nice drive by Eaves there.  I woulda thrown my laptop at the tv if he tried to pass there…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:59 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Fuch.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:00 PM ET

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