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Go Ahead And Extend That Dynasty Four More Years

Oh, bother.  There I go again with the confrontational blog title.  It’s just that, well, there’s a certain redolent Swagger coursing through Hockeytown these days and it just got a lot more obnoxious today.  You see, the coaching gold standard signed on for four more years this morning, to lead the best team in hockey, because the best GM in hockey doesn’t screw around.

Kulfan

“He’s the best coach in the business, and if he’s not, he’s one of the best coaches in the business,” Holland said. “Mike likes it here and we’ve had a great deal success under Mike. If he went on the open market, there would be a lot of interest of interest in him. But Mike likes it here.”

Oh, he is.  The best that is.

 


You know it and so do I.  They know it in hockey sewer St. Louis, heritage-laden Denver and on the banks of KC/Hamilton.  They know it in Anaheim where Randy Carlyle is a punch line and up in San Jose where Babcock, Jr.‘s pretty good but he’s no Uncle Mike.

And most importantly, they know it in a room that is as smart, experienced and savvy as any team in hockey.

Freep

“He’s been very good for our team,” captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “He makes sure that the team is prepared, he pays attention to detail, and he wants the best out of every player. He stays on top of things all the time.”

Whoa ho ho.  Wait one damn minute.  How could the guy who said that this morning be the same disgruntled Swede who…well, I’ll let renowned hockey insider Andy Strickland explain it as he did three years ago.

Rumors For Sale, Hot Juicy Rumors For Saaaaallleeeeee

I’ve been told that all world defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom began to instruct his teammates not to say a word when they go into the special teams meetings. People who have covered the NHL and the Red Wings will tell you that Lidstrom is probably the nicest player in the NHL not to mention one of the best defenseman ever. One would have to try pretty hard to get Lidstrom not to like you

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Ah yes.  The power of the Gore.  Andy Strickland’s “sources” and guarantees of a Detroit “implosion by Christmas” in 2006.

There apparently was more than just age as to why Yzerman decided to hang up the skates. The truth is Babcock better win in the playoffs or he won’t be in Detroit much longer.

Yeah boy.  The “truth” according to Andy Strickland.  Well, Uncle Mike didn’t necessarily “win” that Spring, thanks to Gary Bettman and a floating knuckleball of a puck that went past Dominik Hasek, gained steam, picked up speed and speared us all right in the nut sack.

Somehow Babcock survived that implosion and persevered long enough to win a Cup one year later, benching the best goalie of an era in favor of a forgotten Chris Osgood.  Then he should have won the next one but another searing missile to the nutsack (this time Nick Lidstrom’s), a not-so-subtle agenda from the midget commissioner, some of the worst officiating in post-lockout history stymied him and his Wings.  And then last year, dealing with crippling injuries and sporting a rookie goaltender, Babcock held the Wings together until the stallions got healthy.  He orchestrated a brilliant two-month run of hockey that fell short when it turned out the only way to get into the playoffs was to ride the herd harder than their tired post-Olympic legs could handle.

But now they’re rested and the youngsters Mike Babcock has weened for four years are right there with the veterans Andy Strickland told us would pull a Julius Caesar on his ass.  Now we’re looking at Filppula and Hudler, Franzen and Kronwall, Howard and Helm…all raised by a taskmaster Uncle who’s going to be pulling in a cool 2 million a year because Tick Tock Kenny Holland knows that when you compare him to the likes of Quenneville or Blyileelsma…well, there is no comparison.  They just don’t measure up.

Four more years and the hits just keep on ‘comin in the Season of Swagger.  Meanwhile, any comments from the gallery?  Strickland?  Anything?  No?

We didn’t think so. Suck on it Andy.  You know the drill.

 

 

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Comments

Guilherme's avatar

In four years, Lidstrom will be gone. Holmdstrom will be gone. Same with Osgood, Draper, Bertuzzi, Rafalski…

And there will be Uncle Mike, leading the Wings to Cup #15 with Tatar, Smith and Sheahan on his watch. I’m fine with it.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 10/12/10 at 12:52 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Yes, Holmdstrom.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 10/12/10 at 12:52 AM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

There is no ‘I’ in team, but there is an ‘I’ in Organ’I'zation…and that is for M’I'ke.
4 more cups is gonna kill my liver, but if it must be done, I will take one for the 19 and sacrifice some more…

What a beautiful fall day….made perfect by a contract extension.
Bring on the Dive….

Posted by The Hurricane on 10/12/10 at 12:58 AM ET

Seaner in Sharkville's avatar

An excellent analysis, a trip down memory lane, and a history lesson all wrapped in swagger. Babcock as Julius Caesar? Uncle Mike’s surely a dictator, but he clearly has the respect of his officers. Perhaps Augustus as an apt analogy? (That’s alliteration, bitches.)

Posted by Seaner in Sharkville from Silicon Valley on 10/12/10 at 01:01 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

I love Detroit Red Wings hockey.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/12/10 at 01:04 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Suck on it Andy.  You know the drill.

And if he forgot, James Wisniewski will remind him how it’s done.

Seriously good news here. But what about McCrimmon?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 10/12/10 at 01:10 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Ho Hum… Another brilliant move securing the scariest/smartest guy I know as head coach.

You really need to be on the outside looking in to really grasp what an amazing team/ organization this is.

If you polled all the players in the league, even with the salary cap, I wagering that better than 75% would play for this team for LESS money than their current team.

I’m just thinking about how much more deep the Wings would be if the Salary Cap had a provision that allowed a team to excede the pulled out of thin air Max number, so as to maintain their original draft picks ( Kopecky , Quincey, Leino, Ritola….etc)

Best Coach in Any Sport , Any League, Anywhere.

Best Run organization Anywhere!!!

Just another day in the Motor City.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/12/10 at 01:29 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

I love Detroit Red Wings hockey.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/11/10 at 11:04 PM ET

This.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 10/12/10 at 01:30 AM ET

Riviera's avatar

Season of Swagger

The motto for the year.  Rock on Chief.

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 10/12/10 at 02:46 AM ET

edillac's avatar

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AtIQSQVYOSSK6Q8sNDdTOod7vLYF?slug=nc-wings101110

good collumn, with some beauties about Uncle Mike,like:

Mike Babcock was the first one at the rink Monday, as usual. He arrived at Joe Louis Arena about 6:30 a.m., even though his Detroit Red Wings weren’t practicing until 11. He watched video – lots of video. Ask anyone about Babcock, and they’ll say he’s prepared.

“I got the line last year from somebody, ‘Oh, you’re trying to change my game,’ ” Babcock said. “I think they thought that in a negative way. I said, ‘Yeah, you’re right, we are. We’re trying to make you better. That’s actually what they pay us for.’ ”

“You’re always changing,” Babcock said. “If you’re not changing, you’re not getting better.”

Posted by edillac from isolation on 10/12/10 at 06:34 AM ET

AndrewFromAnnArbor's avatar

up in San Jose where Babcock, Jr.’s pretty good but he’s no Uncle Mike.

He’d be better if his GM wasn’t insisting that he get Jumbo Choke and the Choke Cheerleaders to, you know, have that thing that we’ve had in the playoffs…whatcha call it…oh yeah.  SUCCESS.

If McLellan could start over with a team based on his vision, he’d probably have more success.

Mike Babcock has weened for four years

Nice.  Band of Boognish.

Blasphemy. Go see a Spirit game. That’ll get you motivated.

They’re just not as cool now that a) Jan Mursak isn’t putting pucks in the net with alacrity for them, and 2) their mascot is no longer Stephen Colbeagle the Eagle.

With sources and insider info like that, it’s a wonder Strickland hasn’t been poached by the CIA.  Bet he’s probably the only guy (along with Klessel) that knows where bin Laden is.  “Sources tell me he’s working at a Dog & Suds in Topeka under the name Alastair Fotheringaye…”

Four More Years.  The Death Stare and Fly Hair are here to stay.

Posted by AndrewFromAnnArbor from Fortress Europe on 10/12/10 at 06:57 AM ET

Triple Deke Tyler's avatar

“I got the line last year from somebody, ‘Oh, you’re trying to change my game,’ ” Babcock said. “I think they thought that in a negative way. I said, ‘Yeah, you’re right, we are. We’re trying to make you better. That’s actually what they pay us for.’

The Ville Leino Era in a nutshell.

Posted by Triple Deke Tyler from Lansing on 10/12/10 at 09:53 AM ET

AndrewFromAnnArbor's avatar

The Ville Leino Era in a nutshell.

Since when did he warrant his own era?  I’d call it the Ville Leino Moment.  Or if you want to be really far out, The Ville Leino Project Experience, with Ole-Kristian Tollefsen on keyboards and Ginger Baker on the Plaster Casters.

Excuse me while I kiss this guy.

Posted by AndrewFromAnnArbor from Fortress Europe on 10/12/10 at 10:33 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Good thing.  If Stevie Y had ended up poaching him I’d have to tear down the aztec-style sacrificial altar to #19 that takes up half of my living room.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 10/12/10 at 04:41 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

‘Yeah, you’re right, we are. We’re trying to make you better. That’s actually what they pay us for.’

holy *#$%@&.

I would love to have seen the look on that player’s face after Babbles said that.  “deer in the headlights” probably wouldn’t have covered it.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 10/12/10 at 05:38 PM ET

SYF's avatar

‘Yeah, you’re right, we are. We’re trying to make you better. That’s actually what they pay us for.’

holy *#$%@&. 

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 10/12/10 at 03:38 PM ET

Word.  Scotty Bowman was a past master of that in his early coaching days.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 10/12/10 at 08:39 PM ET

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