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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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Nice Kindl

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 01:00 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Aaaaaannnnnnddddddd fuch.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:00 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

really - - thats the first goal??

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:00 PM ET

klank's avatar

Fugly

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/07/13 at 01:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Holy fuch.  All of the Wings covering Dong’s crease and it still goes in.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/07/13 at 01:00 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

I guess bowling the goalie is legal ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/13 at 01:01 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

No fuchin way. Ugh!

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:01 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Come on, Wings, get one back!  Quick!

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

dougie's avatar

What a chickenshit goal.

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

cigar_nurse's avatar

Just catching up bitches.  Captain Kangaroo influenced game so far.

Where did you live on the east side Cal? Grew up around 6 and Gratiot and then Cadieux and I 94.

My favorite Greektown dig was the Old Parthenon.  Now we go to the Pegasus.  Love the lamb shanks and scordaria. Have lots of Greek owned restaurants down here and their so called Greek food Sucks.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/07/13 at 01:02 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I like this line.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:02 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Why doesn’t Eaves ever get more time with the top lines?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:03 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Datsyuk will take over, and overtake.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:04 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Why doesn’t Eaves ever get more time with the top lines?

Because that is just too obivous to us fans, there has to be some esoteric hockey reason that us peons cannot figure out

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:05 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Where did you live on the east side Cal? Grew up around 6 and Gratiot and then Cadieux and I 94.

Three Mile Dr. and Harper Ave.  Cadieux and I-94?  We were practically neighbors.  Remember Geneva’s Hamburgers or the old Vouge theater?

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 01:05 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Edzo sez the goal was becuz St Lois “attacked the zone with precision and force”

It looked like a retard Chinese fire drill to me.

Posted by dougie on 04/07/13 at 01:06 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Dear NHL officials,

We are having a difficult enough time now in Hockeytown, we don’t need any ‘help’ from you. Much thanks.

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

gt500x's avatar

I still think the Wings will win this one

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 01:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Pegasus had a shish kebab with a huge lamb cut, a half of Vidalia onion, and bell peppers.

Delish.

Make it count, Wings.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/07/13 at 01:07 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Geez Kronner - -wtf

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:08 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Get Cleary off the power play!

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 01:08 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

the nbc guys moaning about a missed “too many men” - call more than I do, makes me believe I got used to it…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/07/13 at 01:08 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Edzo sez the goal was becuz St Lois “attacked the zone with precision and force”

It looked like a retard Chinese fire drill to me.

Posted by dougie on 04/07/13 at 02:06 PM ET

ya know, there’s a reason I have this thing on mute

even hearsay Oldick comments can cause brain damage

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:08 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Get Cleary off the power play!

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 02:08 PM ET

+13.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/07/13 at 01:09 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I still think the Wings will win this one

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 02:07 PM ET

Me too. 

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:09 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Get Cleary off the power play!

The pictures Cleary must have of Babs, it makes the mind dizzy

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Time to see if beer and pasta can cure this damn headache

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Any of you remember the Eastown Theater? Harper and Van Dyke I think.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:12 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Cleary is done… period.  Huge mistake if he is resigned this summer.

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

cigar_nurse's avatar

Ahh Geneva’s.The best place to get a greese coating on your stomach after a night of drinking with the wart lady serving you. Good times.

We can beat these punks. Keep Bowmeester’s non playoffs streak intact.

Get er goin Wings.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/07/13 at 01:14 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Any of you remember the Eastown Theater?

The Eastside’s answer to the Grande Ballroom.

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 01:16 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I agree (sadly) about Cleary.  I’ve loved the guy since he joined the team, but he just ain’t got it anymore.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:18 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Ahh Geneva’s.The best place to get a greese coating on your stomach after a night of drinking with the wart lady serving you. Good times.

That is a memory that will always stay with me.

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 01:19 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

It’s taken 5 years to figure out you guys were neighbors?

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 01:25 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Any of you remember the Eastown Theater?

The Eastside’s answer to the Grande Ballroom.

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 02:16 PM ET

Yea. I’m a Westsider myself. Saw mucho great music at the Eastown though.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:27 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

two icing to start the PP?

geebuz

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:28 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Z has a pained look on his face.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:28 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Jesus fuch, Kronner kills 15 seconds off our PP then ices the puck.  Twice?

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 01:28 PM ET

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what the hell. two icings in a row on the pp?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/07/13 at 01:28 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Chances are really rare vs StL.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 01:30 PM ET

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