Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 02/27/13 at 05:00 PM ET
It's been a while since I posted anything other than a live blog (you deserve an explanation and you'll get it). I'm not even sure how to do it, but I'll give it a shot.
We've never cared too much whether our Uncle Mike was liked by the players. There have been murmurs of friction, but the Wings won so much that those were always viewed as stupid whispers that never led anywhere because they never do when your team is so much better than, say, the Blues and Denver and all those other ridiculous fake hockey towns.
The rumors, themselves, rarely emanated from the Wing room. Forget rarely...they never have. Media creations is what they've been.
'Member? Andy Strickland predicted an "implosion by Christmas"....six years ago.
That never happened. The implosion. Andy kept blogging for Dwayne Klessel and snorkling Sasquatches, but no implosion. Sorry.
It's never been the rookies or the young guys. I mean, what the hell would a Tatar have to complain about, or a Smith? No. If there's ever been unrest that we could even guess at? It's been with the veterans who felt Babcock didn't give them the ice time, the respect, or the treatment they felt they deserved.
That has left Ian White and Kent Huskins out in the cold, something that doesn't sit well with White, who isn't used to being a healthy scratch.
"I am taken aback," White said after today's morning skate. "I didn't see this coming. I feel like I'm playing the same way I've played the last seven years. I work as hard as I can every night. Maybe I don't have the stats this year that I've had in the past, but I feel I'm working hard and playing the same way I always have."
That's Helene, via Pinterest. No, not really. On the Freep.
And it is a little strange, in a purely redolent Bowman-like way. Sitting Ian White, an established, reliable--or so we thought--defenseman in favor of Former Dive Kyle Quincey (I'm using his last name because I want to be sure we're on the same page...it's been a while since I made the "no Quincey references" rule). I do not get it, but I'm not a pharmacist. 3 points separate teams 5 through 11 in the West. Detroit and LA are neck-and-neck, which makes tonite a "four-point game"...and it's Quincey over White?
Khan(!) tells us Uncle Mike wants White to do a "better job moving the puck". Better than Quincey? Your defensive pairs tonite...
Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey-Brendan Smith
Brian Lashoff-Jakub Kindl
Ok. Of those six, who is a better defender than White, or a better puck mover? Kronwall...ok. Who else?
It just seems strange. Any time QuasiDive is in the lineup and a real-life human being sits is strange to me. Especially when it's a guy we've never had issues with.
Maybe, as some of you said in the GDT, he's trade bait? Maybe. That would mean Ken Holland has to be all crazy and make a move. We all know that's illegal or something now.
Whatever the scenario, Ian White is benched and Kyle Quincey--among others--is in. And the veteran's none too pleased.
Quickly, as for me: it's been a busy few months work-wise and it's going to get even more hectic for me over the summer. I'm in a decision mode right now as to whether blogging is going to be something I have the time/creativity to continue, but that call will come after this season ends some time around September 20th. I do feel like a bit of a fraud only throwing Live Blogs up there every 8 hours when Gary says the Wings are playing so whether I'll be able to provide more content than that is probably going to be the deciding factor. We'll see, but we won't see too soon. We've got a parade to plan, bitches.
LB coming later. This ain't it.
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