Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 07/12/12 at 11:09 AM ET
Alexander Semin’s waiting for one thing: Shane Doan. Once Doan signs, so will Semin. For less. If you think it’s his attitude that has kept Ken Holland from signing him already, you’re wrong. The Wing Way can solve attitude issues and I believe Semin would take a one-year deal to prove the anti-Semintics wrong.
But not until the Doan decision is made.
And yes, the Wings could use Semin. Of course, he’d play with Datsyuk. Of course he’d help the power play. Absolutely, without question he’d immediately attain Enigma status and he’d be a major topic of discussion, right here, every day. Good or bad.
Yes, Ken Holland’s considering him. And this is a lie:
“I don’t think we need a whole bunch of guys,” Holland said at Wednesday’s Hockeytown Winter Classic press conference. “I think if we can get one more player, (we’ll be fine).”
That’s cute. What we need, Kenny, and I know this because you told me for months and months before your Critical Days of Summer that we needed a scorer and a top 4 defenseman. I’m just saying that you told me that and now you’re saying you didn’t or that you changed your mind. That’s all.
Holland says the summer’s hit a “slow period.” Bullshit. He says the Wings “might be done” and that he’s fine with that. Bullshit. He says he’s good with the defense, that Former Dive Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith are worthy replacements for the departed Best Defenseman Ever and our boy Disco Stu. So much bullshit that the stench overpowers me.
All of those are lies and I’m good with that. I don’t expect, or want, Kenny Holland saying a whole lot of truthful things to me. But let’s you and I be straight: he knows what he needs and so do we. That hasn’t changed in months. Sniper, scorer, a “power forward” who actually drives the net consistently and doesn’t rest on a couple of postseasons that are actually turning out to be miraculous exceptions (clear enough for you Mule?). And the Wings need one more quality, reliable defenseman. You don’t lose Rafalski, Lidstrom, Stuart over a two-year period and replace them with a tainted Dive and a rookie (no matter how good he’s going to be and he’s a Calder candidate).
Is it Semin? I think he’s being considered very carefully. But Kenny wants Doan. And so does our Uncle Mike. “Wants Doan” is an understatement as far as Babcock is concerned. If Mike Babcock gets Shane Doan the entire philosophy changes. Helm, Doan, Tootoo. Three hunters on three lines.
But I’d consider Doan a slim chance because (1) he’ll probably stay in Phoenix as Gary will somehow find a way to keep that hockey-mad city in the game and (b) because every other team in hockey wants him and if he leaves the Wings miss out to family (again) because I think he’ll go to LA to be close to “home”.
And defensemen (plural). I have no faith in Quincey. Or Big E. I love Kronwall. He’s a top 2 defenseman on any team in hockey. Any team. But he’s not enough. Smith is going to be very good. White is nice. You know where we stand. Kenny can say all he wants but every one of us, and him, know that it’s a serious concern. Serious. The Wings can win with the forwards they have right now. They will not progress with this blue line.
He must move, and will. It may not be this summer or this Fall or even at the trade deadline which is now a meaningless, pathetic, joke of a holiday for us. It could be next summer, but that blue line will be addressed. And, yeah, I’m talking about Shea Weber. And no, the elbow wouldn’t prevent that acquisition. Not for a second. I don’t care about it. Holland doesn’t care. Babcock probably liked it. Zetterberg can’t remember it. If Weber’s available now or in a year, the Wings go after him in a prolific way.
But if they don’t get him and if they don’t do anything now or this summer? I’m not one to buy into the “Hockeytown isn’t a destination of choice” crap. Based on what? You think the Pens didn’t go after Suter and Parise? Chicago? Are they no longer lucrative destinations? The Wings, and everyone outside of Walnut Grove, lost out to family.
I find the perception by some critics the Wings unsuccessful efforts to sign Parise and Suter as a sign they’re no longer a preferred destination for top talent a puzzling one. This year was an unusual one in the UFA market, as the top two free agent players had an opportunity to play together for a team closer to home for big money, a team which has never been a major player in the free agent market until this year. If the Wild hadn’t jumped into the bidding for those two, it’s possible one or both might have signed with the Wings.
It may be premature to point to this summer as the year when the Red Wings went into decline. Sure, the loss of Lidstrom to retirement hurts, and they still need to bolster their offense, but this could be more of a “blip” than the start of a long decline. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Red Wings over the past decade, it’s not to write them off when a star player retires or departs via free agency.
I trust Lyle Richardson’s word more than any MSM out there, and immensely more than some *#$%@& Detroit blogger trying to make a name for himself and his “rag” of a web site by consistently writing contrarian views to generate clicks and hits.
The Wings want Doan because Babcock knows the team needs more intensity. If not Doan, then Semin because scoring is still an issue. If neither, or maybe instead of, Rick Nash is still on their list. And everyone’s on the table except for Zetterberg, Kronwall, Datsyuk and Smith if Nash is in play. Bobby Ryan, in my opinion, isn’t as available as rumors say he is.
Bottom line: It’s not a “slow time.” Ask George. Ask him what Holland and Martin and Nill are doing right this second. Holland’s working it because he knows this team isn’t built for May as it stands right now.
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