Abel to Yzerman
36 games down, 55 points in the books, a 16 point divisional lead, comfortable leads in-conference and atop the league. What do you get the team that has everything? Oh, I’m sorry. Was that smug? Arrogant?
If you’re smelling what Khan(!)‘s cooking, add about five big trophies in there and selecting gifts for the league’s best team is even tougher.
But we’ll give it a shot. I’d intended to post this yesterday, but the dirty looks kinda…well, you know. So, here we have holiday wishes for all the Wings. Actually, it’s wishes for half the Wings. We’ll do the remainder tomorrow morning some time.
Word is out from a variety of sources on a few topics of importance to you and your family.
First, as many of you have already discussed in comments below: Zetterberg, Holmstrom and Maltby all stayed home.
...got ahold of Wings general manager Ken Holland and he said forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom and Kirk Maltby are not on this road trip.
Zetterberg saw a back specialist who told him his injury isn’t significant, just inflammation, and prescribed rest. The Wings are hoping he can get back on the ice Monday, after they return from this three-game trip, but are calling his status day-to-day. He missed the last 19 games of the regular season a year ago with a similar injury.
“Each day it gets better,’‘’ Holland said.
Holmstrom had further tests on the bone bruise in his right knee and will be out a minimum of two more weeks.
“He has a very deep knee bruise,’’ Holland said.
Whoa. This one came out of nowhere, as Holland’s moves typically do. Nick Lidstrom has extended for two more years.
The Wings just announced they have signed defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to a two-year extension that runs through 2009-10. Lidstrom was in the final year of his contract, earning $7.6 million.
“Nick has been the best defenseman in the world for several years”, Holland said in a statement. “He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice. We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.”
No indication as to whether the money is for more than the 7.6 he’s currently making…
More from TSN. No word on salary.
Updated 1255 EST: More from the Freep’s George Sipple,
Quick update from Red Wings practice in St. Louis.
Mark Hartigan has been recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL) for tonight’s game against the Blues.
Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms), Tomas Holmstrom (knee) and Kirk Maltby (knee) are not going to be in the lineup tonight for the Wings.
Mark Hartigan’s been recalled on an “emergency basis.” No word yet as to who isn’t ready (Zetterberg or Holmstrom). Diggers aren’t on this one yet, but will be soon…I’m assuming.
Good point from Nathan below: If Hartigan’s been recalled, it could very well mean neither player is ready.
Tomorrow, the official A2Y Christmas Wish List. It’s going to be exciting, I can tell you that. Today? We do a little digging, and a little scrounging for blog content we can steal and take full credit for. It’s the Christmas way.
Now I know why we didn’t hear much from recently-engaged A2Y contributor Team Dub last night. We’ve got late-breaking footage (stolen from Japers’ Rink) of him at last night’s Cap/Islander game.
Hey. Here’s a Sunday stat that will warm your
Did you wake up wondering how pathetic the Detroit News coverage of the Wings is? Really? Good, then this will shed some light.
Michael Farber can point to December 4th as the day he became the Minnesota Wild’s worst enemy. After months of serious research, that was the day he declared St. Paul as “America’s new Hockeytown.”
Three days after that the Wings outshot the Wild 34-19 and swirlied them to the tune of 5-0. And three weeks after that? All it did was get worse.
After another dominating victory over the Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings center Kris Draper packed his bag in front of his locker and was asked where he was headed.
“I’m going back to Hockeytown,” he said with a smile.
F’ing A right you are.
Igor Grigorenko has been recalled from Russia and will play on the Wings third line with Dennis Derosiers and Saline Policeman Chad Dana, 1987 standout for the Arthur Hill Lumberjacks. Dana, typically a stay-at-home defenseman said he’s comfortable playing the wing, even after a 20 year absence from organized hockey.
No, none of that’s happening. It was a gratuitous slam at Grigorenko, a tribute to my favorite Saginaw Gear and a not-so-subtle salute to my drunk friends from my hometown. Good enough?
Back spasms, according to Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod.
The biggest news from Saturday’s morning skate is that Henrik Zetterberg won’t play tonight because of back spasms. With Tomas Holmstrom back in Detroit with a bone bruise in his right knee, Mark Hartigan has been called up to give the Red Wings 12 forwards. Hartigan wasn’t at the morning skate.
Zetterberg will rest his back over the Christmas break and see how he feels on the other side.
“I’m not too worried,” said Zetterberg. “There’s been a lot of games played. I feel a little bad today. Hopefully, I get three days off, I’ll feel a little better after Christmas. Of course I want to play tonight, but if you think, be a little smart, you get a few days off and hopefully it won’t get worse. ... Today was the first time it was bad enough to not go out there. We decided not to play. It’s been pretty good lately. Overall for the year, it’s been good and bad days, but overall it’s been good.”
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