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Draper: Locked Up

Various sources reported it last night. Kris Draper and the Wings have worked out an extension that will keep him in Hocke…errrr, Detroit. 

Draper, 36, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $2.128 million this season. He will earn $1.85 million next season, $1.65 million in 2009-10 and $1.25 million in 2010-11. He was offered a one-, two- or three-year deal and opted for the security of a longer term. The deal might be announced today.

TSN also has it.

Draper is still one of the top 5 defensive forwards in the game, top 3 faceoff men, and now one of the top five bargains in the NHL.

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Breaking News: Hasek Is Brittle

Of all the ailments, it had to be a hip.  It had to be the malady most closely associated with the elderly.  My only question is did Dominik Hasek fall down and break his hip? Is that the irritation? Does he have a clapper now?  What the hell is “hip irritation”? 

Here we go.  Fire up the train boys and girls because the long season of uncertainty begins tonite with young Jimmy backing up your once and current favorite whipping boy (well…second favorite) Chris Osgood. The bunnies are in a fervor, while the rest of us fall back into a routine we’re all too comfortable with.

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Grigorenko Wants a Shot With Datsyuk

The chances of Igor Grigorenko staying in Detroit past November 1st are, in my opinion, zero.  Too many factors conspiring against him: he played like garbage in TC and in the pre-season, played like garbage in Grand Rapids, the Wings’ success without him.  A2Y Russian correspondent, Green Bay Mike, found another Larin/Grigorenko interview and provides a translation.  Larin, as usual, seems intent on seeking out conspiracies and pushing for a Datsyuk/Grigorenko tandem.

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It’s a Frigging Three Ringer

Once again, the A2Y readers have spoken in numbers that astound even the most jaded of attendance counters at JLA.  129 of you chimed in to name the Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Holmstrom line.  Long winded? Yes. Cumbersome? Yes.  Begging for brevity? Naturally.  Funny?  Absolutely.

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Loose Ends

Bit of an absence there. Back in business this evening with a live blog for the Canuck game.  At that time we’ll unveil the results of the “Name That Line” voting and put it into use.  Also believe a family discussion regarding the immediate future of one Igor Grigorenko is in order.  Suggest we tackle that issue between periods.

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A2Y Poll: Name That Line

Now we’re going to get all scientific.  I’ve given you several to choose from.  If you want to add more, or if there are some I’ve neglected to add, put them in the comments and I’ll place them on the poll.

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Maintenance

Hey if you’re sad because the KK home page is down, don’t fret.  Smart people are working on it and it should be back up soon.  In the meantime, try this for fun.

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The Captain’s 500th

As the NHL celebrates the 50th anniversary of Rocket Richard’s 500th goal, we will do what we always do here.  Turn it into a Red Wing issue.  Because everything revolves around the Wings, etc, etc. 

My gift to you on this balmy Friday?  Steve Yzerman’s 500th.

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Eat It Lefties

Whoa, whoa, whoa.  Slow down.  My use of the term “lefties” has nothing to do with politics. It’s a geographical slang term referring to California…and Ian. You know, the Sharks used to frighten me.  I’d have bad visions of power plays and teal and big teeth and Ronald McDonald chasing me around the empty halls of my elementary school. 

I’m not so scared anymore.

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You Are All Losers

If you’re joining me to stay up for this pivotal October matchup, you have issues.  You need to look yourselves in the mirror and determine just what’s important to you in life.  My god.  You’re up?  You’re all pathetic.

Whatever. Crack ‘em if you got ‘em, it’s a late night West Coast live blog courtesy of Gary Leonore Bettman.

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About Abel to Yzerman

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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