Abel to Yzerman
Kirk Maltby didn’t skate again today, or at least didn’t practice due to a sore shoulder. Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod reports that the Wings have reached down to Grand Rapids.
Mark Hartigan is on the ice for this morning’s skate, being called up from Grand Rapids yesterday. Hartigan flew in from Toronto (the Griffins played the Marlies yesterday afternoon) this morning. Kirk Maltby (shoulder) didn’t skate for the second consecutive day and won’t be in the lineup tonight. Matt Ellis had his first practice with the team since suffering a concussion last Thursday. Ellis might return to the lineup next Tuesday at the earliest.
James Mirtle has some telling stats regarding Selke candidates. Naturally, I wouldn’t be mentioning it if Zetterberg wasn’t rightfully at the top of his statistical breakdown. I would like to, however, point out this from a reader in the comment section.
Even if Brind’Amour is not yet a Selke Trophy candidate, I would rather have him on my team than every player on this list. Yes, I am including Zetterberg.
I’m sure you all agree with that.
Yes. The Wing/Lightning (tilt, matchup) game (scrum, bonanza, faceoff, match, tete a tete) tonite is on HDNet. Damn, now that’s some good news. I can’t imagine being able to watch Derek Meetch on a wing in anything other than high definition. And of course you know why Uncle Mike’s considering putting Meech on the wing, because Kris Draper’s out with a knee. And Kirk Maltby’ s most likely out with a shoulder. And Matt Ellis is out with, yeah, a head.
Here’s my stance on Wing injuries: anyone but Zetterberg and Lidstrom. I, like you, lull myself into some idiotic rationalization regarding ailments. “As long as it’s not…”, or an even better one, “good thing he got hurt in November and not March.” I want to punch myself in the temple every time I catch myself thinking that, as if an injury in the first quarter of the season fulfills a quota that would prevent bad things in April. Godddd…idiot.
Oh…you’re above that? Okaayyyy. Lying liar.
Mike Ilitch won’t let me in the Joe. As a paying customer? Sure. As a blogger? Not a chance.
Ted Leonsis? Now that’s a different story. Yep. Live blogging from the home of the Caps who are down already to future Wing Olli Jokinen and the Panthers. More to come. Wings news at intermission.
Check out Snapshots this morning for a comprehensive rundown on everything Wing related, particularly views on tonite’s Flame game and several takes on the goalie
Look hard enough and you’ll even see a few subtle rebuttals to a certain blogger who feels a Czech “implosion” is imminent.
George Johnson at the Calgary Herald has a good piece on your starting goaltender.
“I can deal with whatever comes.
“I mean, when people say, ‘Oh, he’s just a backup . . .’
“I guess some guys, as they get older, can accept that. I never could. In my mind, no matter how much I play or I don’t play, I believe I’m capable of getting the job done. I’m no kid anymore, but I want to improve. I still want to play in the big games at playoff time and win another Stanley Cup.
“And I do know this: I’m a better goalie at 35 than I was at 25.”
Statistics bear him out. And so far this season at any rate, he’s light years better at 35 than the legendary Dominik Hasek at 42.
There is a strong likelihood that within a month the world will have returned to normalcy. Dominik Hasek will have regained his starter’s job. Chris Osgood will get the nod every four games or so. Joy will envelop us all and we’ll all look back at November as Iwo just being his reactionary self, finding controversy where none exists. It could happen.
Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod reports that Osgood will start tomorrow night against Calgary.
Babcock said after today’s practice that Chris Osgood will be in net against the Calgary Flames, Tuesday night, at Joe Louis Arena. It will be the second consecutive start and fourth in the past five games for Osgood, who is 10-1-1 this season with a league-best 1.66 goals-against average.
With Dominik Hasek brought in as the starting goalie a year ago, Osgood starting back-to-back games has been a rarity. Before four games ago, the only time that Osgood previously started back-to-back games when Hasek was healthy was the final two games of last season.
I smell a tantrum coming…
Look. We understand. We know what a drought is. We know that one of the effects of said drought is a level of Lowe-like desperation that could prompt an organ-I-zation to execute plans many of us would consider to be less than savory. We get it.
So we, the Wing fans, aren’t angry with Toronto for trying to steal away everyone from the janitors on up. In fact, because the staffers here at A2Y appreciate the O6 and TO’s place within that legendary group, we’d like to help. You can’t have Kenny, and you can’t have the Captain. And, no, you can’t have Scotty either…even though you feel you’re owed a stop on the Bowman tour of hockey towns.
But there are plenty of other Wing icons to choose from.
Yes. Multiple sources. Multiple. Credibility abounds. Take your pick.
As reported in Sunday’s Toronto Sun, word around the league suggests that the Leafs will only make a move in the GM position if they can land a star name such as Mark Messier, Ron Francis or Steve Yzerman.
“The Leafs need to have somebody with star power,” said an NHL executive to the Sun.
Star power? Larry Brooks has a suggestion.
Dialogue has resumed between Scotty Bowman and the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment aimed at working out a deal so the nine-time Cup-winning coach and one-time player personnel director would become the Toronto club’s president and director of hockey operations, Slap Shots has been told.
Enjoy your Monday.
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