Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 07/26/12 at 04:41 PM ET
Updated below (@1310) after I had a chance to think more about the Semin signing, and get angrier.
On the contrary, I feel we should all freak the f**k out.
And no, I’m not kidding.
Semin’s off the market and our Tick Tock’s in deep trouble.
The details are right there in front of you, so I won’t re-hash them. You’ve read it all summer, after several months of virtual guarantees from Ken Holland that this wouldn’t happen. You can go along and get along all you want, but the fact remains that—at the most optimistic—this is the worst period in Wings history since pre-Yzerman.
And, you’re damn right, I’ve elected to lose it. Now, don’t get scared. My family’s safe. The law hasn’t been called. All is well, relatively speaking.
Suter, Parise, Semin: gone. All the UFA defensemen: gone. The second tier forwards: gone.
Nash: traded, but not to Detroit. Weber: offer sheet tendered, but not by Detroit.
No, this is not a sign that the Wings are no longer a destination of choice. This is, very simply, a failure by management. Abject, absolute, asinine failure. This summer has been nothing short of incompetence. Holland knew Lidstrom was leaving and did nothing, and that’s a very raw but true statement, to compensate. Not replace, just compensate. And it’s his job to do so. Failure.
Shane Doan is no longer a nice-to-have. He’s now a necessity. Not just because the Wings need his grit, leadership, scoring. Ken Holland needs that signing to rescue his own credibility. Doan needs to happen to save this fan base from implosion. And if you think Holland doesn’t realize that, you’re mistaken.
Semin for 7 is gross. But it’s one year. I wonder if he would have taken 6 per year for 2 years? Well, Kenny?
Something’s broken in Hockeytown and it’s turning what should have been a glorious summer into a steaming pile of horse shit.
It’s down to Doan, Kenny.
And, oh yeah, it’s not like Stuart’s departure was a surprise either. Garrison, Wideman, Carle, Salo….gone. And we’ve got what as our top pairing? Kronwall and….White?
If this is true….
Semin’s agent, Todd Diamond, told M-Live.com that he had only one conversation with the Detroit Red Wings.
“It never got serious with them,’’ Diamond said.
Hi. That’s just negligence. If that’s true? Negligence. At this stage Ken Holland didn’t have the luxury of selecting only those players who “fit the Wing mold.” No. At this stage it’s down to signing talent to short-term deals and hoping they adapt. Never got serious?
Oh, it’s motherfuching serious now isn’t it?
One consolation in this Summer of Ass Pain? Only this: nobody in the Central has done jack squat either. Stagnancy and ineptitude all around. Hooray for the Norris.
Whatever. I’m not giving up but I’m not giving in. Doan signs in Detroit I’m happy as a school girl. But if he signs elsewhere, there’s going to be a change in tone around here. Kenny’s gonna have some explaining to do and I don’t really give a shit if his impotence this summer has been out of caution due to a new CBA. Labor strife didn’t stop Fletcher or Rutherford or Sather.
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