Abel to Yzerman
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.
Matthew Wuest at RedwingsCentral.com reports that the disappointments seem to be continuing for Igor Grigorenko. After five games in the Russian “elite” League, he has only one goal. More encouraging is his write up on the next Swede, Joakim Andersson.
He’s a go-to player, and that’s a good sign.
“I hate to use the comparison, but he’s a (Henrik) Zetterberg type of player,” Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson said. “The upside isn’t as high (as Zetterberg’s), but he’s going to be a very dependable player. He might get 40 points in the NHL and give you very good defense and kill penalties.”
Read more...including an update on the Ryno return to Sweden and a disturbing start for Jimmy Howard in GR.
We, the even-keeled staffers here at A2Y, admit that the Dive no longer present us with the rivalry we enjoyed so much for nearly six years. We’ve come to grips with the fact that a team who misses the playoffs doesn’t provide the level of competition required to sustain the sort of hate-fest that we thrived on up until Roy’s failed State of Liberty in ‘02.
And, yes, we’ve been searching for a replacement. Last night may have given a glimpse into what could be a future rival. But, honestly, there is none. Not now.
Greg Eno has more on this.
Looking around the NHL the other day, I couldn’t come up with a single team that elicits anything close to the hostility that the Red Wings mustered up against the Colorado Avalanche a decade ago. Thanks to the league’s ridiculous unbalanced schedule, you can forget about getting anything going with any of the teams from the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings hardly play those teams anymore. It should be noted that residing in the East are such Original Six teams as the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, once fierce rivals with the team from Detroit. No longer, thanks to enforced separation.
Another reason to read? A quote you may have forgotten from Patrick Roy that will remind you of what an ass he is and was.
Updated 1400 EST: Be sure and read Baroque’sanalysis of the Central. The statistical ying to my reactionary yang.
You’re still reeling. This whole damn season is some sort of wacked-out opposite of everything we’ve come to take for granted thing. Eleven games against the Central and only ten points out of a possible 22? A sweep in the far west for the first time, what, ever? Blanked by Chicago? Can’t sell out the Joe? Hasek in the tank and Osgood on fire? And then, finally, this…
“Tonight—and I never, ever say this—was the first time in a long, long time we didn’t have enough people ready to play and ready to compete. That’s unacceptable and that’s not Red Wing-like.’‘
It’s rare that Uncle Mike calls his buddies out in public. Unprecedented really. But there it is, and, yep, it’s deserved. What was a cute little aside—this temporary difficulty with our little Central sisters—has become an issue.
Danny Gare just told us Nationwide is jam packed, the largest crowd since they opened the place. BJs coming off a shutout of Minnesota last night. Wings with their rightful starter back in net. Live blog here if you so choose.
Now here’s an intriguing line for tonite’s matchup with the BJs.
Jiri Hudler will center the fourth line with Dallas Drake and Aaron Downey. Hudler said he played center his whole career until coming to North America a few years ago and being switched to the wing. Kopecky, injured last Wednesday against St. Louis, said he hopes to resume skating Monday and play either Tuesday or Thursday.
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