Abel to Yzerman
Not real sure why I used the term “whither” in the headline. Sounds all Shakespearian, so that’s cool. Before we get into the second word used in that header, I thought I’d let you know about something I observed on the flight to San Antone yesterday. I somehow got upgraded to first class. Giddy up. As a result I got to use the “executive head” in the front of the plane, not the coach stalls like the rest of you unwashed have to use when you fly.
Check this out. On the mirror in the “executive head” there’s a little sign that says something like, “for the convenience of your fellow travelers, please clean the wash basin before returning to your seat.” I wasn’t into that. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever cleaned a basin, executive or otherwise. But that’s not the interesting thing. Written below the English version of that little suggestion was the same thing, I assume, in French. I had a feeling. So I took a stroll back to the coach bathroom.
Dateline: San Antonio.
72 and sunny here on the River Walk. Well, I haven’t actually been to the River Walk but I hear it’s cool. The Alamo? Now that’s a sight to behold. Well, I haven’t had a chance to visit it, but I’ll bet it’s, you know, historic.
Brooke Army Medical Center? Never heard of it? You should have. I spent an hour there yesterday and met a few heroes. This isn’t the forum for it, but I’ll say it anyway: you have servicemembers all over this nation recovering in hospitals just like Brooke. Every single one of them I met yesterday, no matter how badly injured they are, have only one wish.
Good morning troopers. As Paul pointed out, I’ll be back on a regular posting schedule starting Saturday morning. But for now, I noticed something interesting and thought I’d share.
You all followed the “Implosion” and “No, really…they’re going to implode soon” stories out of Klessel’s Boy Band Tribute Page. Young Andy Strickland intimated that he had a “source” in the Wing organ-I-zation feeding him quality info pointing to disfunction in the Wing room.
Ok. We disputed that, then shot it to hell thanks to help from our DD’s.
Here’s a little more evidence that it was crap. Today Strickland posted a long manifesto on potential trades, showcasing the fact that he’s not just a Detroit insider, but that his ear is to the ground in a plethora of NHL cities.
So, it struck me as odd that as he discussed Phoenix, Columbus, Boston and Edmonton (in addition to St. Louis) he made no mention of his adopted Red Wings.
Don’t you think that the same “insider” feeding him nuggets regarding the Implosion would also have a bit to say about trade talk in Hockeytown?
Back on Saturday. See you then.
IwoCPO asked me to post a little note to the readers of A2Y. He stated his "real" job will keep him busy through this Friday, but posting will re-commence on Saturday. I guess in the meantime, you can twiddle your thumbs... -Paul
After last night’s comeback win at Nassau, according to our Deep Diggers, Mike Babcock was either “ecstatic”, “beaming”, or “happy as a school girl on pajama day at school.” Ok, the last one was mine.
But he was a happy kid. And Dom Hasek said the win was at least partly a result of a passionate Babcock pep talk between the second and third periods.
Hasek said Babcock’s second intermission speech lit a fire in the team.
“The coach came in and said we have to find a way, this is not Red Wings hockey, we have to go in front of the net and pay the price to score the goals,” Hasek said.
Updated 0650: After a month-long walkabout, the Acid Queen has returned and returned with a flourish. I mention it here because her first post-walkabout topic is the generator of this particular disussion, Boy Bander Dwayne Klessel. Read her thoughts here and take note of her pointer to a recent bloggers’ access conversation at the Atlanta Journal Constitution web site. I think you’ll find that interesting.
Oh, the drama. When Klessel’s boy wonder, Andy Strickland, posted his anonymously-sourced report of continuing friction in the Wings room yesterday a variety of reactions ensued.
First: we read it and wondered, naturally, if there was any truth to it whatsoever. We’ll get to that.
Second: the A2Y correspondence staff went into overdrive, contacting Strickland and the DD’s, sharing a block of pleasing cheddar, and considering how to present the info flooding our Commodore 64’s.
Third: we waited for the fallout from Hockeytown.
Ansar Khan, Wings beat writer for Mlive addresses Strickland in an email I received…
It’s crap. I’m going to address it a little in my blog. But I’ll just say this: Sure, Babcock’s not the loveable sort, but isn’t that why they hired him? They didn’t want another players’ coach like Dave Lewis, they wanted someone to kick these guys in the pants after two playoff flops.
I can tell you this: The front office is very happy with the way the team has played this season. They really thought they’d be struggling to make the playoffs and they feel they’ve overachieved, that Babcock has gotten the most out of them. Are there issues? Of course. The bottom line, as Babcock is fond of saying, will be how the team fares in theplayoffs.
If they get bounced early, he’s likely gone. If they win two rounds, he’ll stay. It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t matter what the players think of him; all that counts is how the team performs.
And the hits just keep onnnnn comin’!
Reliable word has it that former Deep Digger captain Ted Kulfan will soon join Dwayne Klessel’s stable of bloggers. Rather an interesting choice since Ted has had a little difficulty maintaining any blogging frequency for the company that legitimately employs him, namely the Detroit News.
So, Kulfan to Klessel…in exchange for, oh…his soul? Let’s call that one an (e7). Those of you with Navy backgrounds know how I feel about that particular rating.
Note to Ted: you take enough grief as a Deep Digger. Are you sure you want this kind of attention?
One of Dwayne’s camp followers, St. Louis’ Andy Strickland, reported back in November that the Wings dressing room would “implode by Christmas.” That didn’t transpire…a shocking turn of events, considering all the truth and accurate predictions typically displayed on that Den of Swill.
But, now Andy’s got more. He returns to his “source with the organization” to bring us this.
Sources tell me Babcock and former Selke Trophy winner Kris Draper had a major blowup in Colorado in which the two exchanged one curse word after another.
One player recently said that it’s to the point where players roll their eyes when Babcock enters the dressing room.
Players such as Robert Lang, Chris Chelios, and Mathieu Schneider apparently are leading the charge against their Head Coach.
Again, his source is Legace of course. It can be no one else. And that lends little credibility.
But…even tools of Dwayne can’t be stupid enough to fall for the same crap twice can they?
Unfortunately, no. Strickland’s stupid for lending his name to the pathological lies of Klessel’s site. But, he can’t be so dumb that he’d allow himself to be used twice for no reason whatsoever.
So, yeah…there might be something there. There might be Bowman-like friction. I don’t doubt that.
But, if there is, it’s the kind that will be forgotten with a Cup over your head.
Here’s what I’ll do for you. I’m going to write the DD’s today and ask for their reaction on this “story.” I’m sure they’re all more than happy to talk to yours truly. Right?
Back at the end of December, we discussed the very real possibility that the divisional race could be decided in the subsequent 30 days.
Bubba plays thirteen times. 8 of those games are against St. Louis, Chicago and Columbus. Now, granted, that’s not the cakewalk it was last year…except St. Louis, which may be even worse. Three games against legitimate playoff teams: Anaheim, Calgary, Detroit. You could easily expect a 20 point month from Bubba, particularly with a healthy Vokoun.
The Wings? A five-game West Coast swing through LA, Anaheim, San Jose, Denver and Phoenix. Montreal at home, Bubba at home, ‘dique at home. 14 games and asking for 20 points might be greedy.
Due to a wildly inconsistent month from our boys, and a maddeningly strong one for Bubba…that nasty prediction has come to fruition. Nashville’s had a 20 point month (at least, one game left with the Dive) and the Wings can hope for no better than 17, pending tomorrow’s game against the NYI.
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