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Dig It

The day I see a direct quote, and I mean a statement with the little quotation marks around it, from Mike Babcock saying Chris Chelios isn’t assured a spot on the third D pairing?  That’s the day I stop believing stuff like this is the mark of a frigging idiot.

Babcock also said that with three or four games remaining, he will settle on his third defensive pairing – a two-man job open to Chris Chelios, Andreas Lilja and Brett Lebda.

Helene St. James, every few weeks, gives us a hint of that garbage.  Prove it Helene.  Give us a quote from Babcock saying that.  Until then?  You just continue to look stupid.

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Back To The Sack

There seems to be some tension in the comments below.  Some of the A2Y 19 have taken issue with the fact that my confidence in our goaltending has dwindled of late.  You’re calling me names and making me sad.  There must be a solution, there always is.  When I find myself at a loss to explain my views, there is always a tried and true solution:  The Sack. 

Adrienne Dater responds to readers’ queries (Yeah, I was tempted to add an “e”) via his Male Bag.  Here at A2Y, we have The Sack.  Once again, all questions were posed by you, the masses.

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I’ll Be Your Super Delegate

I used to like the phrase, “I’ll be your Huckleberry.”  It just seemed cool when Val Kilmer said it in Tombstone.  But I’ve grown out of it.  Now?  Well, the title of this post doesn’t have the same ring to it. But it does bring up a good point, and I’m all about the best of points. 

And here it is: I have no idea what a Super Delegate is.  It seems that every four years, a new phrase appears that makes me feel real frigging dumb.  Super Delegate fits the bill this year.  Am I a bad American because I’d never heard of it before? Should I feel guilty?  Should we change Dominik Hasek’s glossary entry to “the conductor”? 

It’s a valid question.

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Dale Jr. Never Has This Problem Bubba

Post coming up regarding the lost weekend that was and the state-wide disaster that our goaltending situation has become (Overly dramatic? Sure). 

But first…some riveting imagery from the SoGay Center.  I honestly thought Nashville had turned the corner, left the redneck stereotypes behind. 

Apparently…not

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Saturday Digging

1300 start today with Bubba.  I just briefed the family that little should be expected of me today, not with a game in the middle of the afternoon.  The reaction to that statement was less than enthusiastic.

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Still Insane, But Feeling Better

Our Czech Miracle of Absolute Insanity’s feeling better, according to Khan(!).

“Feeling good, very good I would say,’’ Hasek said. “Big progress compared to two days ago. I feel ready to go. Decision will be made if I’m playing this weekend or not.’‘

Asked if he could play Saturday vs. Nashville, Hasek said, “Practice just finished. I’ll see how I feel two, three hours from now, but I could do anything I want on the ice, move any way, go up and down, so I didn’t have any problems.’‘

The DD captain also reports that, not surprisingly, neither Homer or McCarty will play this weekend.

Holmstrom went on the ice before practice and tried to push off hard. It didn’t feel good, so he left the ice almost immediately.

“It’s been a week today, so I thought it was going to be good,” Holmstrom said. “I guess I’m taking baby steps. It’s frustrating.”

 

 

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Lessons In Losing Your Press Pass

Updated at 1239 ESTNice reaction to this ditty.  Apparently, Ms. Engel has earned herself the nickname, “little ball of hate.”  Naturally, considering her affiliation with the Stars and Stars fans it’s not original, but…baby steps.  If you go below you’ll see a letter written by one of the A2Y 19 to the LBOH regarding her comments about our boy Ozzie.  I think you’ll find her response interesting.

And, Ms. Engel?  Don’t pick on our goaltenders.  Only we can pick on our goaltenders.

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Whoa.  I have a feeling Fort Worth Star Telegram reporter Jennifer Floyd Engel isn’t going to be exactly welcomed in the Stars room when they return to Dallas.  Check this out.

DETROIT—Don’t be too upset about the Dallas Stars’ gutless-pig meltdown Thursday.

They aren’t.

In fact, players seemed pretty OK with gagging away a huge victory against a really good Detroit Red Wings team.

More?

 

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Cinco De Central De Century De Turco’s All Fetal

Thank you for your patience.  You’re all fine human beings, men and women I would have enjoyed swilling beer with last night watching the game in Crystal Clear High Definition Television!  I’m sure that phrase is trademarked so go back and read it only this time imagine one of those cool circles with a “c” inside it.

Stay with me. I haven’t posted in a couple days, lots of pent up issues that will probably just kind of appear in front of you and make little sense.  I’m warning you.  Plus my frigging cat is running around the house going nuts and I have no idea why.  If Sailor, the fat-ass Black Lab, wasn’t so lazy he’d hunt the bastard down, but that’s just a little too much to ask.

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Soon…Normalcy

ALCON:  Regular frequency of posting should return soon, hopefully this evening prior to the Dallas game (which can be seen on HDNet, FYI).  Busy, interesting week in the world’s strongest Navy.

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Like Yours, Homer’s Groin Is Good To Go

Last year we titled a post, “Massaging Your Groin Without Shame.”  That phrase applies today.  Many would say it applies every day. In fact, some would say it’s the state logo of Tennessee.  Not me.  I try to avoid insulting rival fan bases. 

My point?  Homer’s still got his eyesight and, apparently, his groin is ok too.

Anti-Digger

The ultrasound results are back and showed nothing wrong. The MRI results will be back later today.
Encouragingly, Holmstrom said that after feeling sharp pain Saturday, he felt better on Sunday and better still today.
“It feels better and better every day,” said Holmstrom. “Saturday was so bad. There was no way I could practice. I was worried.”
Holmstrom said that he hopes to be able to practice with the Red Wings, tomorrow.

 

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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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