Abel to Yzerman
I love the “ask the beat writer a question and have your answers published” features. But, I’m always just a little skeptical. Did “Judy” really script a grammatically perfect question regarding the salary cap and its ramifications on the Wings’ custodial crew?
Whatever. Maybe I’m just overly cynical today. Maybe Ansar Khan is really monitoring his email and maybe Wing fans are really writing him consistently. Maybe they’re sad and lonely and Khan(!) is their cyber soulmate, there to answer those Wing-related questions that keep them tossing and turning. This week? Jack, Cam, Chris, Dan, S.J., Steve and Pat (no hometowns listed) put our Deep Digger Captain on the spot.
Last year we decided to pass the uneventful days that made up much of the Summer of Ken with a few new features. One was highlighting a Michigan sports blog every week that wasn’t necessarily hockey-specific. One of the early sites we focused on was Where Have You Gone, Johnny Grubb? Greg Eno, one of Michigan’s true sports historians and that blog’s creator, has another one we’ll look at today.
The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James had the opportunity to speak with Scotty Bowman earlier this week.
Q: The Wings weren’t able to re-sign Mathieu Schneider and Todd Bertuzzi, but kept Dominik Hasek and signed Brian Rafalski. How do you like the team’s outlook?
A: They got a good defenseman to replace Schneider. I think they’d like to get another forward. It’s just a matter of filling the spots.
ESPN SportsNation is asking you which Detroit pro sports team “matters the most”. Pretty overwhelming results so far. Check them out here.
If I had to rank them, I’d say (1) Wings (2) Tigers (3) Lions (4) Pistons.
Edited 21 July: that’s my personal ranking. If I had to guess what the rest of the state feels, I’d probably rank them this way: (1) Tigers, (2) Wings, (3) Lions, (4) Pistons
I’ll always believe that the Tigers have a certain place in the heart of all Michigan sports fans. As someone said below, ‘68 was an amazing year and it affected much more than the Detroit hardcore baseball fan.
An amazingly eventful week, considering there’s been no hockey news to speak of. We kicked off the “Re-design the Wings Logo Because Fire On Ice Appears To Be The Work of a Crossdressing Dive Fan” contest on Monday.
WDFN has been very good to all of us this year as they gave us exclusive first rights to their weekly interviews with Chris Chelios. Here’s your chance to return the favor and help out a great cause. Listen in the next two days as they conduct their 9th annual Radiothon to stop Leukemia and Lymphoma. Click here to find out more, listen or—even better—donate.
Sergei Fedorov isn’t speaking to the Russian media. How do I know that? Because in an interview with the Russian media he told them he’s no longer speaking to them. Got it?
“37 year old center of the Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Fedorov, who according to rumors was going to get his contract bought out by his club to be then traded to the Detroit Red Wings declined to comment the situation.
—I just flew in to LA from Detroit, Fedorov yesterday told Igor Larin of Sport-Express. In California I am planning to undergo the treatment for elbow and groin injuries. Regarding possibilities of any moves to another club, I will not discuss this subject. Besides, in the middle of the last season before the start of the World Championship in Moscow I decided not to talk to Russian reporters.”
Good point Sergei.
I don’t have the link, but will post it for all the Russian linguists out there as soon as I get it.
That appears to be what an optimistic organ-I-zation would like to see this fall. Jim Nill spoke with nhl.com’s John McGourty about Grigorenko and a few other prospects.
“We think he’ll be a really good second-line guy that might suit Datsyuk. He has the potential to be a star, but it’s one day at a time to start. For instance, if we want him to go to the minors to catch up with the speed, how does he accept that? It won’t do him any good to struggle up here and not play much. A lot of Europeans don’t respect the AHL, but four weeks in the minors might be the best way to get up to NHL speed.”
My only concern is that it’s early in the morning and I may not be prepared to give this story the treatment it deserves. I’m going to try, but I have to tell you that I’m a little nervous right now. Tooling around the Wing blogs and I just be-bopped over to Behind the Jersey. What do I find? A frigging goldmine. Gather the kids. Warm the milk. Find that John Denver cd you keep handy for special occasions and pop it in. Because we have, that’s right, fun for the whole family.
It seems that I was born to write these two sentences: a cross-dressing male prostitute was arrested yesterday in Denver. According to various reports uncovered by Deadspin, Police described Darren Garcia as being 27, having long hair, significant amounts of makeup and wearing…
...a Colorado Avalanche jersey.
Thank you god.
At least one New York-based writer is thinking Ken Holland overpaid for Brian Rafalski.
I know one Devils season ticket holder who told me straight out that she wouldn’t be back next season if Rafalski was still wearing a New Jersey uniform. I know another regular at Devils’ games who liked to kid that Brian had a day job as a baker; “He specialized in turnovers.” Personally I was a Rafalski fan but only at a reasonable price. Rachunek is 27 and is getting paid $1.4 million. Rafalski is going to be 34 in September; he’s getting $6 million a year. Who’s nuts? Not Lou.
About Abel to Yzerman
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: firstname.lastname@example.org