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MLive took a page from the Dominik Hasek book of showing your opponents some token respect.  Their headline this morning reads, “Wings Looking To Clinch Title Against Lousy Blackhawks”. 

And what is going on over there with the Khan(!)s?  Yesterday I thought it was a misprint.  Today? Not so sure.  Are there two Khan(!)s? Is this some sort of Booth nepotistic charade?  Who the hell is BILL Khan(!)?  I’ll track it down for you, have no fear.

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Coast To Coast With Cheli

Chris Chelios held a conference call with hockey writers this afternoon.  Entire transcript is below.  Among other things, he discussed winning the Cup in 2002.

If you look back, probably the biggest highlight has to be on the ice when we won the 2002 Cup with my two boys who were 15 and 14, or 14 and 13 at the time, to share that with two sons who love hockey as much as I do. That was definitely the highlight of my career. You know, not making it any more important than the Cup that I won in Montreal, but I celebrated that alone, and to do it with my two boys and my family, it was something special.

 

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Emmerton Signs; Hank Likely Out For Chicago Games

Embattled Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) reports today that the Wings have signed their 2006 top pick Cory Emmerton to an entry-level contract.

Emmerton skated with some of the Wings at Wednesday's optional practice at Joe Louis Arena. He'll join Grand Rapids for the AHL playoffs. Emmerton got off to a hot start at Kingston, where he was one of the OHL's leading scorers before breaking his ankle in December. He returned late in the season and continued to put up points in the playoffs. "He's a point-producer, sees the ice well, moves the puck well, good around the net,'' Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. "He just needs to add strength and keep improving his skating.''

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And When the Trades Dry Up…

...that’s when the feces really start to fly over at the Klessel Emporium of BS and Boy Band Groupies.  We haven’t been shy here at A2Y about telling you who we’d rather not face.  You know San Jose, AKA The Team We Don’t Speak Of, is not a pleasing thought.  And recently we’ve added Calgary to the list.  I don’t want to see them either.  That’s me talking.  That’s me saying thoughts of The Enigma’s soft wristers arching into Kipper’s mitt make me sad.

But it’s definitely not the organ-I-zation talking.

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Wednesday Seems Like a Good Day To…

...rub a little salt.  Now, as you know, I’m not one to take enjoyment from another fan base’s pain.  It doesn’t excite me to consider the fourteen remaining hockey fans in Denver who are trying to temper hope with reality.  Five points back with 3 games remaining against Bubba, AlanaH’s Nucks and Calgary.  And if they squeek in?  A matchup with certain despair.  And Bubba?  Oh dear.

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Our Girl Kara: Are The Wings/Bubba Really That Good?

You know, the woman just irritates me.  She said she’d be boycotting the NHL earlier this year and I looked forward to her absence.  But she keeps on writing and it just makes me sad.  She was offended, shocked, dismayed by the violence.  She lit the torches. 

If the hit on Williams and the many others we’ve seen this season was part of the game—as old-school apologists suggest—I want no part of this game.

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Hull: Datsyuk’s Chances of Staying in Detroit Are “None.”

Not sure how many of you caught it, but Brett Hull just said Pavel Datsyuk is unhappy with Mike Babcock and will definitely be leaving over the summer.  Eddie Olczyk made a great point in return, asking what more could Datsyuk want? He’s playing in every situation, leading forwards in minutes and points.  Sounds like a lot of Hull bluster to me.  We’ll see.

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Liking 1st Less and Less

Oh….good.  Bubba lost last night. They’re floundering, as we knew they would.  3-5-1 over their last nine, two of those wins against the listless Oil.  As we’ve said here before, their playoff will be over after the first-round.  We know the look of a team headed in that direction, so it’s not exactly a dangerous prediction. Thankfully, Anaheim’s picking it up so maybe they’d like that 1 seed? 

Because we don’t want it, Duckies.  Take it if you must.

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Inevitably, Kronwall Out For Rest Of Season

Updated 1515 CST with Holland comments below.

Except for the part about staying healthy for an extended period of time, Nik Kronwall is supposed to be the second coming of Nicklas Lidstrom.  And this one hurts maybe more than any of the multiple serious injuries he’s suffered.

Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will be out six-to-eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his sacrum, general manager Ken Holland said Saturday.

Kronwall won’t need surgery but is likely done for the season unless the Wings reach the Stanley Cup finals.

Nicklas Lidstrom will miss Sunday’s game in Columbus due to lower back strain, but Holland said it’s nothing serious.

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So I Took A Week Off

It’s not like anything important’s been going on.  Back in the nation’s capitol (capital) for the day, then it’s on to the State That Hockey Forgot for the weekend.

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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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