Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 03/26/13 at 09:16 AM ET
I've been an angry elf lately. Spinning testy yarns about our boy Murph getting canned, Tick Tock failings, Uncle Mike singlehandedly driving the most talented Red Wing in history from Detroit.
Sometimes I forget that it could be so much worse. We could be fans of the 29th ranked team in the NHL. Our beat writers could be melting down on a weekly basis like Adrian Dater does. That would suck. I'm so glad I'm not them, so glad I'm not a Dive fan, so very warm and happy that my team doesn't suck year after year after season after generation.
I take the Wings for granted. I take this playoff streak that is looking so very rosey for granted. I do. To an extent all of you do, except for the smartest kids: HockeyinHD and the little louis fella, whatever his name is today. While they're coming up with formulas and breaking down compounds and shit, the rest of us are figuring out new and creative ways to fit "whore-style" into a sentence. Remarkable.
I say all that because typing is fun and because I have a point.
We take these guys (Babcock and Holland) for granted, because we know they're talented. We know it. All of hockey knows it. They've done great things for us. We want more great things. Baby Jesus, that babbling teapot of potential and promise, told us we'd have more great things because Wing fans deserve them.
Kenny Holland, Tick Tock to many of us, has skirted around the issue. He's told us he's considering acquiring more great things, but only if The Team Has A Chance. 'Member?
"So, we need to win some games. We've got six games before the deadline. First off, we want to win some games because we want to make the playoffs. But the more games you can win of the six, it lets you think that you've got a chance to be a playoff team, and then you can maybe try to add something. Let's see."
Yes, Kenneth. Let's see. He gave Helene St. James that quote on the 22nd of March. Since then? The Wings have won three straight, all in hostile environs. All of them with a road power play that is suddenly humming (whore-style), a defense that is better than we ever could have imagined, and a starting goalie who is playing as well as anyone in Gary's NHL.
So what now? This is fun. Watch this...
Pierre LeBrun discusses Pittsburgh this morning, as everyone else is. You need to know something about me. I want to beat Chicago and I love it when the Wings lay waste to Denver and St. Louis. I dig that, but those teams are not threats to The Wing Legacy. Pittsburgh is. If we have a real "rival", it's Pittsburgh. None of those other teams have beaten the Wings, at the Joe, in a Game 7, for the Cup. Ever. The Pens have. So when I consistently bring them up, it's because I'm consistently reminded of what could--and should--have been. Neither of those Talbot goals were exactly sniper's artwork, you know? Nevermind. Shut it out. Shut it out.
Lebrun brings up the fact that Pittsburgh is well under the prorated Cap, should they decide to go after Iginla. How much room do they have? According to CapGeek, they have 19 million to spend today and 25 at the deadline.
The Wings have 23 million and 31, respectively. Yes. Fil, Brunner and--especially--Howard need to be dealt with. Or in Filppula's case, just plain dealt.
But there is money to be spent, and holes to fill. I'm wondering, as you are, if these last three games are enough to convince Tick Tock that a few additions could mean a run to June. Could it?
Are there even players out there worth the effort? Is Keith Yandle a guy who would be a final piece? No. Is Iginla? Maybe. All the smart kids say that in order to propel the Wings into competitive conversation, they need a top six forward AND a top 4 defenseman. That' s not considering The DeKeyser Issue, though.
The whole point of this is that the Wings look much, much different than they did five days ago. So, as always, we're left to wonder what Kenny's mindset is and whether anything more than tire kicking is in the immediate future...for once.
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