Abel to Yzerman
I would bet that traffic on most Wing blogs is down a bit today and I’m going to take a huge leap and guess the reason would be the biggest trade the city of Detroit has seen since the Wings opened the 1996 season with Brendan Shanahan at left wing. Interesting piece at the Sporting News that effectively compares the similar routes two Ilitch-owned teams have taken with one goal in mind.
...the similarities between the two franchises are striking. The Red Wings had a highly respected coach in Scotty Bowman, and the Tigers have a highly respected manager in Jim Leyland. Both had won championships with other teams.
Both teams failed to win championships after historic, seared-into-everybody’s-memory events. Magglio Ordonez’s walkoff homer in Game 4 of the ALCS sent the team to the World Series, but they lost. And Yzerman’s double-overtime 60-foot slapshot gave the team a 1-0, seven-game win over the Blues in 1996, but they lost the next series to Colorado.
Discouraging story from the Globe and Mail, if you’re a Hab fan. Also discouraging to consider what the crowd at the Joe would have been last night had this game taken place in Detroit. Possibility of a sell-out? Sure. I wouldn’t have bet on it though.
Heading into Tuesday night, Montreal had a record of 269-197-96-1 against Detroit. The Canadiens have 24 Stanley Cup banners hanging from their rafters, compared with the Wings’ 10.
And yet, Les Glorieux have not been to the final since they last won Canada’s last Stanley Cup championship in 1993. Detroit, on the other hand, has been the NHL’s team with the most wins over the past decade and can claim three Cup titles in those 10 years
More...including some great quotes from the legends attending the game.
Look. Just have your people get in touch with mine. Ever since the Hockey Night in Canada piece aired Saturday, the IwoCPO feature story (7 seconds of air time) that examined the wit and humility that have become staples of this entity we refer to as A2Y, I’ve been flooded with emails (5 in total). Wing fans from far flung corners of the world (four from the same IP address) asking for life guidance and opinions on the State of the Dynasty.
Naturally, because I’m kind of a big deal now, I ignored them all (replied the second I got them thanking them for noticing me). But I’ll take a few minutes to answer some below.
First of all. What in the name of sweet baby jesus was Mathieu Dandenault thinking? A guy who never showed even the slightest sign of sociopathic behavior in Detroit, and only 14 penalty minutes this season, jumps Mikael Samuelsson from behind? Now, considering what we know about Samuelsson—that he’s got a bit of an agitator’s quality to him—he’d probably earned some special attention. But like that, from Dandenault? Interesting.
As for the rest of the game? Read the title: Dominant, definitely the Wings’ best game of the year, maybe their best regular season effort in the last few years.
Published reports (definitely a phrase that doesn’t carry the weight it used to) out of—where else?—Toronto and Edmonton mention Detroit as a strong landing spot for Mats Sundin, when the Leafs move him out of a sense of loyalty to their captain. The speculation goes like this: Leafs are out of it already. Sundin’s been a loyal soldier. Moving him to a contender is good for him, good for them, good for the world. Sally Strothers would be proud.
Ground rules. Obviously…we need some. Or at least we need a reminder of them. Let me quote from my soon-to-be-released manifesto, “The Difference Between The Diggers and the Wing Bloggers”.
“Red Wing beat writers must avoid any attempt at humor. It doesn’t suit them and it embarrasses us all. If the humor is unintentional and reflects their role as propaganda artists for the organ-I-zation, that’s fine. But an outright attempt to be funny? Absolutely prohibited.”
Someone didn’t get the advanced copy.
Waiting for the game to start?
This should tide you over for a while.
...we could always talk Army/Navy? Nah. First half’s almost done and this game’s over. Scratch that idea. We could talk Les Miles to Michigan, as Kirk Herbstreit reported on ESPN this morning? Nope. Miles has a presser at 1:45 to announce he’s staying at LSU. One note on that: Michigan screwed themselves by opening their elitist idiot traps. If they’d stayed quiet, Miles would be theirs…after today’s game. Idiots.
Ok. The new schedule. The schedule we all wanted? Yeah. Getting closer to it anyway.
Don’t get all excited. It’s a day old. But I just read again the transcript of the Allen interview with Stoney and Bandwagon Bob (Wojo) on WDFN and a few things jumped out at me that I think deserve my genius analysis.
About Abel to Yzerman
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