Abel to Yzerman
One of my new favorite morning reads is Big Al at the Wayne Fontes Experience, mainly because we agree on a whole lot of things. How you doin’ Rob Parker? Idiot. Today, Al brings to light something we’ve known for years:
The Detroit sports columnists compare less than favorably to their counterparts around the country.
Except for John Niyo, who we’ve adopted here as The A2Y Exception.
Don’t let the title fool you. I have no intention of making this an every Friday thing. It just happened to be Friday, and I felt like doing a roundup and, yes, you can consider it yours if you’d like.
Don’t come back. You’ve, well, pretty much sucked. January 30th? The Wings held a 17 point lead over Dallas. The entire roster was healthy. They were in the middle of an 8 game winning streak. The MSM didn’t even mention Detroit anymore because it was so clearly the Wings and everyone else. Oh, well, there was the occasional, “they need some adversity.”
Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) let loose a torrent of literary brilliance following today’s practice. He’s all over it: Cleary (recovering), Chelios (skating), Quincey (departing) and Redmond (returning).
Cleary said he’s still hoping to play in the last three or four games of the regular season to get ready for the playoffs.
He’s lost a lot of weight being on a liquid diet after undergoing surgery on Feb. 9, having three plates and numerous screws inserted into the jaw.
“I didn’t even want to get on the scale. I usually like to play at 210, 215, so I got a ways to go,’’ Cleary said. “I got 4-5 weeks to get it back and I feel I’ll come back stronger and better than I was before I was hurt. I lost 15 pounds, but I expect it to gradually come back once my diet gets better.’‘
Rafalski didn’t stay long. Update below.
Update from the Joe via the Anti-Digger,
On the ice for Thursday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena (an unusual 3 p.m.) are Chris Chelios, Niklas Kronwall and Brian Rafalski. So is newcomer Brad Stuart, meaning nine defensemen (no Nicklas Lidstrom) are at practice.
Stuart led the Red Wings’ stretching exercises (one player does each practice) to hoots and hollers from his new teammates.
Junior Deep Digger John Niyo blogs this afternoon that Don Waddell’s asking price for Marian Hossa was steep to say the least, as far as Tick Tock Kenny was concerned.
And for what it’s worth, from what I’ve heard ... Waddell’s asking price included both Filppula and Ericsson, in addition to a top prospect (Smith?) and a first-round pick.
All that, and—by all accounts—no guarantee that Hossa would be anything but a rental. Once the Detroit sports radio idiots (and columnists) can figure out who Brendan Smith is, we’ll see if they change their tune.
Via the Globe and Mail,
Malkin’s main challenger could be the Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom though, mostly because of how Detroit has faltered in recent weeks with Lidstrom out of the line-up. If the Red Wings do finish as the best team in the NHL and they right the ship when Lidstrom finally returns, voters will be hard-pressed to ignore his contributions – and the vast difference between Detroit’s record with and without him in the line-up.
Forty hours after he registered 8 shots on goal against Edmonton, in the midst of the best game a defenseman (other than Lidstrom) has had for the Wings this year, Derek Meech is now a popular fella with the Diggers.
It’s been nearly two years since we took a hard look at the A2Y Glossary. I plan on doing that this weekend. But before I do, I’m soliciting your input. Read it over. If you think there are entries that need to go, or have suggestions for phrases we haven’t placed in there yet…place your ideas in the comment section here.
I’ll (a) ignore them or (2) take full credit for their creation.
So Drew Sharp, based on zero hockey knowledge and his access to a keyboard, blasted Kenny Holland today. Sharp said he lacked the courage to make a deadline move. Sharp said, “that’s it?” regarding the Stuart trade. Sharp claims Holland should have harkened back to the days of unlimited money and mindless spending.
Sharp, as we know, is a tool.
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