Abel to Yzerman
There is, apparently, no valid reason to use the word “if” when referring to Dallas Drake’s chances of making the team. Naturally, intelligent readers like yourselves knew that the minute he signed.
Your boy Khan(!), already with a contract in hand to write Drake’s memoirs, has found himself a new BFF.
Drake’s experience as the captain in St. Louis will help. Babcock loves his competitiveness.
“Dallas Drake flat-out loves hockey,’’ Babcock said. “And playing for us, he’ll be re-energized and be a huge part of our team, from a leadership standpoint, from a physical standpoint and from just being an all-around good guy.’‘
We’re going to close the polls Monday at 2100. The contest that has fascinated Wing nation for a week, the “replace Fire on Ice with a marketing and pr campaign not designed by 16-year old girls wasted on Boone’s Farm” competition, is nearly over and it’s so close that it’s hard for me to type because I’m so nervous.
Your choices are listed below and the standings are beneath them. I believe, thanks to the subtle reminders of our readers, that they are correct. But—and I know you will anyway—check my math if you must. According to my calculations, there’s a three-way tie at the top. Remember: how you vote is critical to the collective happiness of us all. You’re going to have to look at this thing all year long. Vote in the comment section of this post.
Now there’s a blue line pairing that is going to hand out punishment like candy at Christmas. Dave Waddell reported today that Nick Lidstrom has been preparing himself for the inevitable: a new defensive partner.
Lidstrom is expected to be paired with Detroit’s plumb off-season signing Brian Rafalski. Having done it so often, Lidstrom expects the transition to be quick and smooth.
“It doesn’t take that long,” Lidstrom said. “He’s a skilled defenceman.
“You get a read on how he’s moving out there. How he’s thinking the game.
“How he’s reacting in different situations. It doesn’t take that long to get to know your partner.”
Lidstrom also expects to be paired with Rafalski on the Wings’ first power-play unit.The left-handed shooting Swede will no longer have to dance along the blue line so much to improve his shooting angle from the middle of the ice.
The anti-Digger is back in rare form. Minutes after the first scrimmage of camp, Bruce MacLeod has an update.
Dallas Drake had a good first day on the job, scoring a goal and assisting on two other in Team C’s 3-1 win over Team B in a scrimmage, Friday. The Red Wings are starting training camp with their projected regular-season lines intact, meaning that Drake skating on left win with Tomas Kopecky at center and Kirk Maltby on the right side.
Well as you can see by now, the new look is nearly complete. Thanks to A2Y reader, TeamDub, we’ve got ourelves a new header. Soon, once the voting is complete, the last bit of graphics will be selected and placed on the page.
But, just hours after the new banner was introduced last night…controversy erupted behind the scenes. Dive fans contacted the A2Y art staff and began complaining in lispy phrases that they felt mith-represented, that since Abel To Yzerman wasn’t specifically a Red Wing blog (perception is everything you know), they should have had more input into the selection of the new banner.
Sometime in the next 24-48 hours, there will be a new header here at A2Y. It’s not the result of the contest, but something totally new and breathtaking. Don’t get all wadded up thinking I guaranteed something then backed out. The winner you select to replace “Fire on Ice”? That graphic will appear elsewhere on the page, prominently displayed as promised. The new header, by the way, was created by an A2Y reader. Guess if you’d like. Here’s a hint: there will be no imagery of cross-dressing Dive fans. So…that rules out one of you right there.
The votes are pouring in at such a rate that I’m starting to get nervous. My lips are so cold. Four days remain in our contest to “replace the Fire on Ice marketing campaign with something that doesn’t suck quite as much.”
Below you’ll find the selections and the current vote tally. All votes for the next 24 hours will be made in the comment section of this post.
Ansar Khan(!) was handing out balloons as the Wings boarded busses for the trip to TC today. He found a few minutes to throw a few questions at his primary antagonist, Mike Babcock. One subject was potential diamond in the rough Brent Sopel.
On veteran defenseman Brent Sopel, in camp on a tryout: “I think he has a chance to be a real good fit for us. He can shoot the puck, he can skate with the puck. He’s got to take (away) some of the erratic play he’s had. (Wings assistant coach) Todd McClellan coached him juniors, I’ve known him since he was a kid, we have a real good feel for him and think he’s a top-four NHL defenseman. Now, just because we think it doesn’t mean anything, he’s got to relax and let his skill come to the forefront and show us what he brings (though the preseason).’‘
I’ve decided I don’t like the term “blogosphere” anymore. Kind of like “Michigander” or “diet”. Not real fond of those two either. So, this will be the last time you see it at A2Y. Henceforth and thusly, any time I present to you a conglomeration of views in one sloppy post I will title it “Stealing From My Friends”.
I sense that you are apprehensive. Apprehensive like a transvestite Dive fan caught in Raleigh at 0130 on a Tuesday? No, but understandably wary. Me too. Here we go.
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