Abel to Yzerman
So nice to see you. Just when we thought USA Today had come to their senses, here you are again to enlighten us with your glow of genius.
The Central Division looks interesting.
I think that may be the first time in four years anyone’s been stupid enough to actually put that thought in print. But Ted Montgomery doesn’t stop there.
I told you I wasn’t going to talk about attendance anymore, so I will today. But only because my hand has been forced…again. Apparently, there’s a guy in Grand Rapids who hosts some show on some radio station that some people probably listen to.
I don’t know if Bill Simonson is genetically an idiot, or if today was the exception. I don’t know because I’ve never heard of him before.
Kris Draper’s a frigging rebel. On a night when the boxscore could have made an emphatic statement, he had to go and throw a shorty in there. If not for his unassisted goal in the second the entire scoresheet would have been dominated by the to this point unnamed Zetterberg, Homer and Datsyuk line.
Aaron Downey’s in tonight. The Kings’ announcers just informed us Samuelsson’s out with a groin. Hadn’t heard that until then. Teddy Kulfan blogged earlier tonight that he was out, but couldn’t offer a reason.
Via Red Wings’ TV available on Center Ice online (yes, I caved). Let’s try this out and see how it looks.
JV Digger George Sipple posted a few paragraphs about Aaron Downey obtaining his work visa today. Personally, I have no idea how an NHL player waits this long to get something like that done. Does it have to be renewed every year? How come it’s always the fringe guys who have visa problems? Anyway, the blog post led to some good conversation in the comment section that I’ll point out to you now. The topic? The relevance of the tough guy on a Wing roster.
TEAM TOUGHNESS, not an enforcer is what we need most. Team toughness is backed by having an enforcer that can step in if needed. No team can afford a goon. Drake and Downey have other skills too just like Probert. He still holds a DRW record for most points in a playoff year. Guess who he topped to get that one??? Number 9
I’m going on Ebay today, and I’m selling the Stress Train. We won’t be needing it this year. Of that I’m convinced. Why?
Because Barry says we’re the best in the west.
Updated at 0650 EST with a bevy of wit below.
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Winston Churchill said that. If I was an elitist quote dropper sitting in a Denver cafe’ at 0945 on a Tuesday, I’d probably say that another way. I’d go, “....was so much owed by so many to so few.” I’d pause a minute, thip my latte, and then finish with, “Churchill”.
But, I don’t like latte, Denver or cafes. I do like that quote, but I bring it up only because I’ve finally found one that rivals it in terms of long-lasting impact and eloquence. And it’s courtesy of Mike Babcock, as seen in today’s Detroit Free Press.
“It looks like Khabibulin, who’s their best player, is playing well,” Babcock said. “You know, sometimes they call it hockey. Sometimes they call it goaltending.”
There’s nothing I can add to that.
I’m tired. Tired of the “odds and ends” thing. It’s become a cliche as thousands of hockey bloggers have stolen it from me and called it their own. I’ve recovered from that and will use this title today, maybe “potpourri” when I know the Dive fans are reading. I just don’t know. My lips are so cold.
Well, if you spent the day trying to guess the Wings’ lines minus Johan Franzen…keep trying. It took Babcock all of seven minutes to run Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Holmstrom out together and there they stayed the rest of the first.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org