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A Name From The Past Returns

Don't ask me why I left. It wasn't my finest hour, though I did have the privilege of watching a fine city and a great big state fall hopelessly in love with hockey when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in Dallas in 1999. For the last decade or so, I've spent most of my time in front of a classroom rather than behind a keyboard.

You teach, you learn. So I like to think that in my encore as a sportswriter I'll deliver something a little better. Suffice to say, I am grateful beyond words that we have this opportunity again.

For starters, I suspect I'll have to overcome some misconceptions. 

That's Keith Gave now of FoxSports Detrot where you can read more...

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This Is A Live Preseason Blog- Detroit/Toronto

A little eary but I have had a long day and will soon find the couch to kick back a bit.

We finally can watch the Wings in action tonight against the Leafs on FoxSports Detroit.

Pregame starts at 7:00pm and the puck drops just after 7:30pm.

Wings lineup via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Not Much News On The Detroit Red Wings Today

It's one of those days where Detroit sports fans may have to keep an eye on two games at the same time.

With not much hockey talk today, I thought you may want to discuss the games which start at 1:00pm ET today.

The Detroit Tigers host the Minnesota Twins in game #162 and if the Tigers win they will be the Central Division champs.

They also can have that title with a Kansas City Royals loss to the Chicago White Sox (2:10pm ET start).

However, if the Tigers lose and the Royals win, a one game playoff will be held tomorrow.

The other game today Detroit fans will be watching is the Detroit Lions at the New York Jets at 1:00pm ET.  With a win, the Lions can go to 3-1.

Me, I have split screen ability so I can watch both games at the same time.

You?  What will you be watching.

Have some fun talking about the games and do remember, the Wings are always a priority here but this day happens to be one filled without any hockey talk.  So enjoy the change of pace, today only.

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Let’s Call It A Live Blog- Wings/Bruins Preseason Game

The puck drops just after 7:00pm at the JLA.

Expected lineups for the game are below...

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I Guess We Can Call This A Live Blog

No TV that I know of but you might be able to listen to the game via Chicago radio.

So feel free to discuss the action between Detroit and Chicago.

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET.

Make that 8:00pm, Chicago had airplane issues.

With no TV, maybe a few of you can do play-by-play of the radio description or even better, just make stuff up!

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Who Wants A Live, Preseason Blog For Wings At Blackhawks?

Here is the Wings' lineup for tonight.

Puck drops just after 8:30pm ET and is on CSNChicago+.   If you have Directv that is channel 665-1.

The Wings also left Traverse City today and the players can now settle in to their normal daily routine.

Next game is Thursday in Detroit against Chicago with the puck dropping at 7:30pm.

Below, you can watch the highlights from Detroit's 2-1win last night over Pittsburgh, presented by awood40.

Following the first video, the 2nd video to load are the goals from Tatar and Datsyuk.

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I Know A Few Hockey Bloggers Who Wish It Was More Than A Pie

 

More here and thanks to a KK member for the pointer.

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What Happens If Mike Babcock Says No?

Most of us are aware Ken Holland will be talking to Mike Babcock about a contract extension once the Wings arrive in Traverse City for training camp.

Babcock has one year left on his contract and will be considered a "lame-duck" coach if he enters the season without an extension.

Babcock has stated he will not discuss an extension once the regular season starts which means Holland will have about a two week window to sign him.

If an agreement cannot be reached, I feel it leaves the Wings with some unanswered questions.

How will the players feel about playing for a coach on his final year of a contract?

How will ownership feel about having a coach who may be on his last leg in Detroit?

Will the Wings even think about discussing a new contract with him after the season?

Does the organization say, well, you don't want to coach here, leave now?

It could get nasty, it could be status quo or it could be a "we will deal with it when the time comes" thing.

Your feelings ahd I hope your summer is going well.

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Absolute Failure

Anibal Sanchez and Victor Martinez had no problem with it. Neither did Torii Hunter or Joe Nathan. Golden Tate came here within hours of free agency opening. Those guys came from renowned land fills in Anaheim, Seattle, Miami and Dallas.

They don't mind the "blight", the rundown downtown, the decaying suburbs. Somehow, and money cures all those ills--I know, somehow they've been able to overlook the easy answer: that Detroit isn't a geographical or financial location of choice.

The Lions get 'em. The Tigers do. I have no idea if the Pistons do, or not.

Something is downright rotten in the Wings organization and the stench is keeping quality hockey players away.

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Tick Tock: After 85 minutes, “We Like Our Team”

Hi. Good morning. I think this is going really well. You?

Jim Nill's having a nice day. He used to work for the Wings.

Steve Yzerman's having a good week. He used to be a Wing.

Pittsburgh's having a decent day. We don't like them much.

And Kenny?

Jack Squat.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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