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Helm: Leino’s Gonna Be Great

Helene St. James spoke with Darren Helm today (really…she said so) and he had this to say about Ville Leino,

While in Grand Rapids, Helm has been on a line with Ville Leino, the talented Finn the Wings signed as a free agent last spring and who, I have no doubt, we’ll also see in Detroit before the season is over.

“He’s a really skilled player,” Helm said of Leino. “He’s got a great shot, great hands. He’s starting to get used to the league a little bit more. He’s come along well and he’s going to be a great player.”

She also said Cleary will be in for a BJ on Friday or Saturday against Boston.

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Expanding Horizons For An O-6 Live Blog

Some of you felt I was shortchanging our Motown heritage by not including some traditional acts of the 60’s and 70’s.  I listened to you and caved, as usual.

I’ve excluded Grand Funk, the winners of the last home Live Blog and I took out Lightfoot because I discovered last week that he’s actually Canadia(e)n.  We just can’t have that.

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Happy Thanksgiving Mac…Now Get To Grand Rapids

UpdateHolland told Khan(!) that after the way West trip, energy’s the thing. 

Darren Helm called up today, McCarty sent down.  Why?  It’s Cleary-related, according to MacLeod.

Darren Helm’s stay in Detroit won’t likely last long. He was told that he’d just be with the Red Wings for one game, but general manager Ken Holland said that he’d re-assess when Dan Cleary’s (scratched cornea) status for Friday is clearer.

“I don’t think I’ll be here too long,” said Helm, who drove to Detroit last night. “But it’s another good opportunity.”

Also, I answered a few questions for a Montreal blogger this morning. I’d tell you the name of it, but I can’t pronounce it.

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Don’t Like A Live Blog?  Why Don’t You Change It?

I went to the source, AlanaH in Vancouver.  After she predicted a 6-0 Canuck win, she told me that the most famous rock band out of her little town was Trooper…I did a little digging.

Turns out I’d heard some of their ditties but hadn’t put two and two together.  Probably because I was too busy wondering if a certain captain is “intense” enough to do the job…eh?

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ESPN’s Scott Burnside had this to say about the Stars having to deal with Brendan Morrow’s long-term knee injury,

He re-established himself as one of the top leaders in the game by scoring big goals and bringing a big, physical game every night. His loss is on a par with the Detroit Red Wings of old losing Steve Yzerman, the Carolina Hurricanes losing Rod Brind’Amour or Calgary losing Jarome Iginla.




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Cooling Off In GR

Quick. Name the three Griffs who will be in Detroit next year. If you had to choose three, who would they be?

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Only 14 Hours Til Game Time

Note to readers:  this post started out as normal as any other.  I have no idea where or why it took the turn that it did.  I’m just sayin’.

Man, there is no better way to start the short work week than a frigging 2200 faceoff way out West.  Uncle Mike’s found you a reason to stay up.

Vancouver Province

Babcock sang the praises of the Canucks emerging young speedsters, the team’s disciplined play without the puck and the team’s solid back-end.

And, he said with a big grin, he was intrigued by a Pavol Demitra quote in Sunday’s Province:

“I read in the paper that Demitra and the Sedins are the best line in hockey, so we’ll see if that’s true.”

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Math Sucks

A few days ago we posted a wishful little ditty about just how we can keep all three.  My thinking?  That the lure of multiple Cups would keep the current Wing core intact for next season.

That’s hope talking right there.  The voice of a fan.  Bruce MacLeod has a bit of reality for us all.

Marian Hossa. Henrik Zetterberg. Johan Franzen. Jiri Hudler. Mikael Samuelsson. Ty Conklin. Tomas Kopecky. I don’t want to see any of them leave the Red Wings next season.

But all of them are free agents. And it’s difficult to see where even one of them is going to make less money than they make this season. Many, however, are going to make significantly more than they’re making now.

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As If They Needed This Reminder In Denver…

Line of the day?  In my opinion, nothing you read today will compare to this from the Calgary Herald.  Scott Cruickshank led his game recap by mentioning the Flames faced a much different test last night then the one they’d passed earlier in the week against the Dive.

...even the Wings themselves know the edge they hold.

If they match the opposition’s energy, talent will carry the day - and, in that regard, the Wings are peerless. Losers only twice in regulation this season. Heck, the Wings have been outshot only twice.

The Avs they are not.

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Note To Hoss: More Money Will Not Buy Your Soul Some Rest…But A Live Blog Will

As mentioned earlier, you disregarded Triumph the other day and that saddened me.  So, for tonite, I took democracy to a new level and picked them myself.

Those without the NHL Network…rejoice and let your disdain for midget David Stern lackeys warm you.

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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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