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Thursday Deep Digging

Interesting. Discussion regarding Pavel Datsyuk's "stiffness" is escalating. While our erstwhile Deep Diggers have (a) decided not to ask for any further explanation, (2) are satisfied that "stiffness" is all the clarity they need to write their one-sentence descriptions of his condition or (c) can't stop giggling; I'm getting comments here and reading elsewhere that it may be his wrist. Mike Babcock said he'll know for sure at today's morning skate whether Datsyuk can go tonite against Chicago.

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Datsyuk’s Hurting; Diet For The Geo-Bachelor

Important stuff first. It would appear Pavel Datsyuk, just as he seems to be heating up, may be hurting. Ted Kulfan/Detroit News

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk missed Wednesday's practice with what coach Mike Babcock described as "stiffness." Babcock did not say what the injury was but added he expects Datsyuk will be able to play Thursday against Chicago.
Ok Mike. Is it me, or has Babcock publicly expected every hurt Wing to play the next game after their injury...only to report a few hours before the game that they skated but "couldn't go"? I'm at the point where if an ailment is bad enough to mention to the media, it's probably bad enough to keep that player out a few games. The IwoCPO bachelor dinner tonite: a mini, microwavable container of tomato soup and one of those mini-cereal boxes of corn flakes. Both items I found hidden under the sink in my office. Man, I'm living it up. At some point I might have to teach myself how to (a) shop, (b) cook and (3) stop whining.

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Responding To Chelios

You recall, I'm sure, Chris Chelios' comments regarding Ottawa's decision not to re-sign Hasek.... ..."Whether Murray was frustrated or Ottawa was frustrated with him, I think personally it’s a stupid move to get rid of Dom because he was playing at the top of his game when he went out.” Well, Bryan Murray has returned the favor. Don Brennan/Ottawa Sun “That’s Chris Chelios. Maybe he’ll be a GM or coach someday, then he will be able to make decisions that impact the future of an organization. There’s no secret. We know Dominik Hasek is a quality goaltender. But you know the reason we let him go.” Read the rest of the article here. Pretty good stuff, actually. Brennan uses a device we don't see too much amongst our DD's...humor.

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Shots Are On The House

Yep, plenty of shots. Shots for everyone. Wear your hat, ring the bell and it's shots for the whole bar (navy reference...sorry). 45 of them. That's a lot of shots and I don't care what Southeast Asian bar you're in. But shots mean squat when the other goalie's that hot (how 'bout that?....thanks). Forget the extra motivation, the other "emotional" factors and boil it down to Ray Emery standing on his head; ending the Wings' three-game winning streak and dropping Detroit 3 points behind little Bubba. Helene St. James/Detroit Free Press

"For most all of the game we did the things we wanted to do," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Their kid made a lot of saves and made a couple of huge ones, and you have to give him credit."

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‘tis The Season To Second Guess In Ottawa

I really have no patience for fans or journalists who make a habit of second-guessing NHL general managers. It saddens me when wannabe execs view personnel moves from opinionated perches and point fingers months after...oh, the hypocrisy. Even at my most sarcastic I can't continue that sentence. The point? It's this: in Ottawa today, hours before Dominik Hasek faces his former team, the media is a wonderin' where they'd be had they not signed Martin Gerber. Don Brennan/Ottawa Sun

They could have and should have accepted a trade offer from San Jose that would have seen them with Vesa Toskala rather than Gerber, for sure, but they simply could not have gone into this campaign with Hasek as their goalie. The players couldn't have faith in him finishing the job this time, nor could the fans. But on a mid-December evening, when they are struggling and he is soaring, it is easy to fall into the trap of imagining 'what if' the Dominator was still in Ottawa colours.

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Is This A Test?

I swear, there are some days I think the Wings release certain bits of info just to see how far I'll go. It would appear that Chris Osgood's broken left wrist has healed nicely. But another ailment is going to keep him out at least another week. Helene St. James/Wing Blog

Osgood got his cast removed over the weekend only to find rash had developed; he’ll be out another week. “I wasn’t catching them that great just because of the cast,” Osgood said. “I figure like a week now. I’ll be ready maybe the last game of the road trip, but when we come back, for sure.”
It's late in the day. I'm tired. I shouldn't....oh alright. Yes, puck bunnies from Novi to Marquette are in a panic. The "Osgood Rash Watch" has begun. St. James also reports, rather than recommending various creams, that Franzen and Kronwall will both miss tomorrow night's game against Ottawa but should return Thursday for Bondra's Hawks.

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No Pacifier For Us

So sad. For those of you hoping to see Martin Gerber face the Wings tomorrow night...mainly so you could remind me how I sobbed when Ken Holland didn't sign/acquire him over the summer...not gonna happen. Via the Ottawa Sun,

DETROIT - Ray Emery will be back in goal tomorrow night as the Ottawa Senators play the Red Wings in Detroit. Emery came on in relief of Martin Gerber after Gerber allowed the first four goals in 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night. However, the Senators will be without captain Daniel Alfredsson. He skated today but is still bothered by a sore right hip.

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A Fond Memory To Start Your Week

Awww, now this was a fun read. Gather the kids round the Commodore 64, throw on some Christmas music before school, sit back and enjoy this little nugget.

“Going in to the series, I don’t think we would have said, ‘Oh, absolutely, we can pull off an upset.’ We had so much respect for Detroit.”
An Edmonton player from last year, recalling the days prior to the Punch In The Face? Nope.

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Monday With Your Deep Diggers

Dan Cleary is thecond on the team with ten goalth, but may be middle of the pack in termth of tooth-count. George Thipple/Detroit Free Preth

"I'm having a hard time speaking," said Cleary, whose two front teeth were knocked out in a game recently. He hasn't gone to the dentist yet, and he's having trouble with words that contain the letter S. After netting a goal and an assist to extend his current point streak to five games in Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Cleary joked that he wasn't in a hurry to set up a dental appointment. "I might keep 'em out now," Cleary said.

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Deal Or No Deal? Pavel’s Costly Mistake

Bruce Garrioch talks at length this morning about Pavel Datsyuk's strategic error in not signing for big bucks when he had the chance.

While indications are the Wings offered him a deal that would have paid him more than $5 million a season to make him a centrepiece of the organization, Datsyuk thumbed his nose at it. The word is Datsyuk is seeking between $6 million and $7 million a year on a new contract, so Holland decided to call off any further talks until after the season.
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