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Oh….Good. Lilja’s Back

This one ought to just fly under the radar.  The feelings about Andreas Lilja are so mild here at A2Y.

Khan(!)

Lilja is officially signed. It’s a two-year deal for slightly more than his previous $1 million salary.

Holland is waiting to hear back from Brad Stuart’s agent, Pat Brisson, after making the 28-year-old defenseman long- and short-term offers. He’ll continue talking to Brisson tonight and right up until noon Tuesday, when free agency begins. If he isn’t signed by then, he’s more than likely gone.

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12 Hours Until Kenny’s Summer Starts

Update 1250 EST: Coincidentally, I’m sure, Khan(!) just posted a little ditty on his blog that lists Sundin and Rolston as placeholders atop the Wing “wish list.”  Way to dig Ansar. Naturally, no credit to Kevin Allen for his revelation.

The Godfather just reported over on the Empire Home Page that Kevin Allen told the Fan590 this morning that Tick Tock’s just waiting until it’s all legal and stuff.  He’s going after Sundin and/or Rolston.

Now for those of you who are sad and confused:  Tampa Bay only has exclusive rights to deal with the hometown boy until midnight tonite. Then? It’s fair game fellas.

Let’s play make believe and pretend one of those guys is Dynasty bound.  You choose.  Oh, and just for fun—because I know you love the idea—I’ve included Tucker and Stillwuzzi.

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On Stuart and….Jagr

From the Detroit News Wing Message Board.  Believe what you read? 

RDWING1

Just some info for you all….I have refrained from commenting for the last couple of weeks as more info became available, don’t ask how I know this, but relative connections reach far and wide….The offer on the table for Brad Stuart is now a 4 yr deal for: 3.0, 3.5, 3.75 & 4.25 for an avg cap hit of 3.6 mil.

And how about this, on Jagr.

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Just Say It Dallas

Not a shocker, but Dallas Drake has essentially confirmed his retirement.

“I’m not going to be making any formal announcements until sometime later in July but I’ve always thought it would be nice to go out on top.”

Pretty good story. More here.

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Hi. I’m Back To Irritate You Again.

Yesterday I was bombarded with your hurtful phrases after I suggested the Wings pick up Darcy Tucker.  I’m still recovering from your treatment of me.

Today?

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Cap Raised.  Lockout Accomplished Nothing.  Listen To Malik.

1. I’m not backing down from my Darcy Tucker stance.  I may be a village of 1 but I’m sticking to my guns. I like the fact that people don’t like him.  I like that he can score. And considering my original suggestion of 4/year was way inflated and, frankly, stupid. I like it even more.

2. The Cap’s been raised up to 56 and change. 

And George Malik has something to say about it. 

Don’t blame the players when the NHL’s sycophants tell you that it’s player greed that’s driving the cap up—it’s league-wide revenues, which are rising largely because teams are charging fans more and more money for tickets, something that Gary Bettman swore up and down would be stopped in its tracks by a capped CBA.

More from George.

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Note To Kenny: I’ve Got Another One For You

Memo below inspired by A2Y logic Czar, Grampa Pinhead.

Dear Tick Tock,

I know I said I’d leave you alone this summer.  I said this was the true “Summer of Ken.” Your time to relax and enjoy the accolades and the rainbows, the puppies and bonfires and stuff.

But I take it back. I take it all back and I’m not ashamed.

Because Kenny?

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Fun Time For Leaf Fans: October 9th In Hockeytown

Little Gary won’t let you see the schedule for another few weeks.  But thanks to your deep diggers we now know how and when the Wings will open their defense of #11.  Oh wait.  The deep diggers don’t know either, or at least they’re not saying.

But Howard Berger is.

The Fan 590

The full NHL schedule for 2008-09 will be released in mid-July, and it will show the Maple Leafs opening up the regular season with a game at Detroit on Thursday, October 9th.

Might be interesting if the Wings, umm, you know, add another Swede to the roster in the next couple weeks.

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Can You Watch It Yet?

It’s been twenty days. 

Long enough?

This morning was the first time I could bring myself to watch this.  And despite all that followed it in the coming days?

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Vacation Deferred

So I stayed away 4 days. I think that’s pretty good.  And I’d expected to ignore you longer, but three factors forced my hand.

First, the girls at Pensblog said hurtful things.

Secondly, the Professor’s in the Hall, where he belongs.

And third, Denver’s foiled again.  And this one’s funny.

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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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