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Thursday Digging: The Bloggers

Memo to all A2Y readers: the Hasek club car has been hosed, fumigated and refurbished.  It is now, once again, open for your patronage.  The Stress Train itself won’t leave the station until mid-day tomorrow, but I understand many of you have become homeless since Games 4 and 5 against Dallas.  I feel ya.  Establish residency for as long as domestic situations require you to do so.

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Just This Once…We’re Going Juvie

Perusing the 87,000 comments at Pensblog today I staggered upon a few misperceptions.

The Wings are not the Yankees of the NHL.  An idiotic argument, considering the Cap and Tick Tock Kenny Holland’s drafting and scouting machine.  The Wings are also not the Patriots of the NHL, as our free agent signings have been limited (yet brilliant).  Other than Rafalski, who is our Randy Moss, our Junior Seau, our Dante Stalworth, etc?  Home grown (60 percent of the team), selectively dealt for (Draper, Maltby, Stuart), or signed when no one else would (Cleary, Samuelsson, Lilja).

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Breaking News From Dallas:  They’re Still Bitter

Considering how kind we were to Dallas and their fans, you’d think they would look back fondly at the Conference Finals.  Oh, I know it hurt to lose. We’ve been there.  But, I guess I was just hoping fences would be mended.  It’s a secret goal of mine to make peace with fans of the teams whose souls have been crushed under the skates of a Dynasty.

I guess that’s not going to happen any time soon.

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Stoney and Wojo Welcome Your Pal and Mine….Little Gary Bettman

90 minutes from now (1700 EST) on WDFN Stoney and Wojo will be interviewing Gary Bettman, the greatest commissioner in the history of professional sports commissionerism.

Don’t know if they’ll be opening up the phone lines, but if they do?  Well, if they do…

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Concerns? Yeah, I’ve Got A Few…But Only A Few

Still three days before we initiate Gary’s Baby Boy (yep, new glossary entry.  #29) into the ways of The Final.  Yes, a few of you have pointed out that I predicted this over a year ago.  I resisted the temptation to acknowledge your praises, but I can wait no longer.

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Wednesday Administravia

Can’t help but wonder what kind of tantrums this headline caused in more than a few NHL cities.

From yesterday’s Detroit News: Finally.  Red Wings in Cup Final After Six Year Wait.

Man. Six whole years.

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We Have Imagery…And Big News

First, I asked you kindly to submit your art. I asked you to express yourselves, to show us a part of you never before revealed.  Some of you have taken that request to heart.

If I remembered the theme to the Waltons, I’d hum it for you now.  These images are going to have that kind of effect on you.  Please, gather your children.

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Good News For Wings’ Central Sisters

No not really. But hey, any time I can rile up the Bitter Blues fans?  I’ll take it

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Now Is Not The Right Time To Grow Up

Look. It’s not like we didn’t see this coming.  It’s not as if we expected that the Finals would, umm, refine us as a group of 19 Wing fans.  So we have a choice.  We can raise our level of conversation.  We can combat the evil hordes at Pensblog with statistical references and mythical powerpoint presentations dating back to the 2003 draft…

...or we can fall back on what we know.  We can let our instincts guide us to that haven of juvenilacity where we feel warm and secure.

Me?

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Early Tuesday Dallas Digging

Reaction from Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Jen Floyd Hyphen Engel can go back to her Dem Cowboys worship.  Hockey’s over.  A few more parting shots and she’s history until January, I’m thinking.

Mini-Mo has a crusty, bright red, rectangular mark on his face that just so happens to resemble the shaft of a hockey stick, like maybe he had been cross-checked in Game 5 or something.

Wings forward Kris Draper said he did not remember his involvement in this incident. Why do I think Draper is going to remember Monday’s cross-check?

 

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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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