Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 07/03/12 at 10:49 AM ET
So I’ve had Wyshynski’s chatterbox open for three days straight. On the golf course Sunday. In the airport picking up the brood yesterday. This morning. All day today. He’s got about 25 beat writers and Real Life Insiders on there, everyone tweeting and plowing me with info. The one common theme among them?
Oh, it’s so hard to be a Digger. So. Hard. Fingers aching. Eyes burning. Asses getting all cramped from all the texting and tweeting and watching TSN. Stay strong boys. You can do it.
After this is all said and done it might be interesting to go back and look at all the “non-biased” insiders whose patronization of the hockey fan has turned into their number 1 job, reminding us all consistently that they’re above the dirty masses. The Keepers of Integrity.
More when this is said and done. In September, or 2015.
For now? It’s a game of what if…and the game sucks.
Starting big and getting smaller.
What if…Suter and Parise sign together in a spot that isn’t Detroit and that spot happens to be Chicago or Pittsburgh?
I haven’t seen anything anywhere that indicates either team has the Cap space to do that. But there are some sick people working for the better teams who can arrange that thing to their liking. Ryan Martin is not alone. There are Martins working real damn hard right now, figuring out signing bonuses, incentives, and aspects to deals that won’t show up on any contract the public will ever see.
If those two end up in either of those cities? Pack it up and ship it. I’m talking about the Cup. Especially Pittsburgh. Throw Detroit in there. If we get them both…you know my stance. I’ve said it for months.
What if we don’t get Suter?
We are absolutely screwed. Kronwall and who? There is no one left who can make our blue line anything close to “good”. Nobody. Salvadore? Ok. Bouwmeester? For 7 million? Disgusting. Yandle? After Suter signs for 10, what do you think Gary will demand in a deal for him? No Suter in Detroit means that for the first time in more than fifteen years, the Wings won’t even be in the Cup favorite discussion in October. Not even a consideration. And here’s the thing…
...even if we sign Suter, coupled with Sammy’s return and the additions of Tootoo and Gusatvsson (I think…another motherEFFING name I can’t spell, like Filpppppula), that only makes us nearly as good as we were with Lidstrom. Do you get that? Even with Suter, if we get him, we’re no better than we were when we lost to Suter last April. We absolutely need him and also Semin. Or Doan. Or…
What if we have to give up Fil and Brendan Smith for Nash?
No. Filppula, Nyquist, one of then other prospects as a combination plus picks? Yes. But not Smith. I have a feeling about this kid and it’s a piece we absolutely can’t move. Wally’s expendable when you compare him to Nash. He just is. But not Smith.
Back to Doan. What if he’s available on 8 July or whenever?
Get him. If we can swallow our hatred for Tootoo, Doan’s a no-brainer. Of course, if we don’t get Suter…you might as well forget Doan because we’re not winning shit with that blue line, with or without him. But with Suter, and adding Doan? Now we’re getting better. Now we’re getting hungrier and grittier and tougher to play against. Semin. Doan. Suter. And that right there is preferable to a Nash trade, if you’re asking.
What if Parise and Suter don’t sign with anyone today? Should we whine like the Diggers, complaining about 7am flights and late nights all the way past 11pm?
Nope. It’s their life and I respect their patience. Like many have said, the process is broken. UFAs should be allowed to visit with teams a week before the gates open. These guys, and by all accounts these are two decent people, have families to consider and the rest of their lives to plan. I get it. Something is sneaking up on me though, and that’s the horrible thought that they’ve been in discussion and we’ve got two teams of agents dealing with the same team who is represented by one shady broker named Ray Shero. I just have a feeling the Pens have been working hard to land them both this whole time and the delay is due to that. Please, baby Jesus. Please no.
What if either or both return to their home teams?
I’m fine with that. I really am. Loyalty is to be applauded. Especially when that loyalty doesn’t really enhance the chances of teams I hate. I’d much rather see Parise stay in Jersey, or go to Minnesota where he’ll be immediately forgotten, than in Chicago. I’d rather Suter stay in Nashville, never to see the third round, than anywhere else other than Detroit.
What if, what if, what if….whatever. It’s gonna end soon and my life as a Wing fan will change again. For better or worse.
Tick Tock, Kenny. Tick. Tock.
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