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Island Hopping

Important, critical work.  That’s what I accomplished in Hawaii.  And now I’m back in the nation’s capital(ol) for 24 hours before the trek begins anew, this time to the hockey-mad Pacific isle of Guam.  Based on research conducted by the A2Y interns up at Northern, we’ve not had a single visit—not a click—from Guaminians since this blog was unveiled to the Gore back in 1977.

So, naturally; that’s where I’ve decided to hold the first-ever A2Y 19 gathering.  That’s right.  For those of you who (a) live in Guam or (2) can get there within 48 hours, I’ll be hosting a bash.  And get this, all the alcohol’s on me.  Details to follow.

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Exhibition Game 1:  Stress Train Is Warmed And Ready

Aloha from Waikiki.  As the kids would say, don’t hate.

Oh.  I’m an idiot for even mentioning the stress train in September? 
MacLeod

Nicklas Lidstrom left tonight’s preseason opener with 16:55 left in the third period when a shot by Montreal’s Shawn Belle deflected up into Lidstrom’s face. The Detroit captain crumpled to the ice holding his face with a pool of blood fast in forming beneath him. Lidstrom didn’t return to the game.

The anti-digger did also say his x-rays were precautionary and it “could have been a lot worse.”

 

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Draper and The Chief

No…not me.  But the Wings stopped by Selfridge Air Base today en route to TC.  I wasn’t aware there were any Navy Chiefs stationed up there, but I was wrong.

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Looks Good, Eh?

Yeah, I’m talking about the cosmetic changes here at the Empire.  But, I’m a little disturbed.  In the comments below, one of the 19 asked if the new “professional look” was an indication I may have shifted from my self-appointed role as keeper of all juveniliciousness to a more “mature”, “adult”, “responsible” approach toward blogging.

I’ve done some introspection and realized that yes, I have.  I’ve decided that with the unveiling of the new KK look, it’s time I grew up.

Example?

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Get On The Frigging Bus:  McCarty Signs

Helene St. James reports Mac’s back in the fold.

I just got off the phone with Pat Morris, the agent for Darren McCarty, and Morris told me McCarty has signed a two-way deal with the Red Wings.

“He’s back for another year,” Morris said. “There’s stiff competition to make the lineup, but there are not a lot of guys like him in the top 12 forwards.”

 

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Uncle Mike Lays Down The Law

Edit:  Banner will be back up there some time tomorrow.

First, hope you’re all enjoying the third iteration of the Empire…this time complete with a whole slew of quality bloggers.  What a concept.  First-rate writers representing a number of teams, blogging consistently.  And you don’t even have to pay for it, not even the trade rumors.

Fan of Uncle Mike?  Of course you are.  Why? 

Here:

“You know what I did because everyone kept telling me it was a short summer?” Babcock told ESPN.com. “I said, ‘OK, let’s do the math.’ I said to [assistant coach] Paul [MacLean], ‘How many days did we have off last year?’ He said, ‘113.’ ‘How many this year?’ ‘106.’ ‘OK, then, don’t anyone tell me it was such a shorter summer.’ We had seven fewer days. Who cares. So let’s gas that thing right away so we don’t have to hear about that anymore.”

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9/11

Important people are going to say a lot of things today.  Some of what they say will sway you, maybe cause you to vote one way or another.  Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, because of what happened seven years ago, I guarantee these words will be spoken.

“I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

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Hossa:  One Year Wonder?

For those of us (yes..us, meaning “me”) hoping Marian Hossa has every intention of signing a long-term deal for about 6/year, just so he can stay part of the glorious Wing family?  Umm

“I look at it like I’m here for one year,” Hossa said after an informal skate with some of his new teammates. “During the year, we’ll see how the cap room is going to stay or move. Then we’ll talk with the GM (Ken Holland) and see if they like me to stay here or I like to be here, if I’m a good fit in the group. We don’t know yet. We’ll see in the future. It’s tough to say right now.”

 

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For Lions Fans: An Intervention

Name me one franchise.  Just one.  In any league, anywhere.  Find it and I don’t care where you look or what you reference.  Look as hard as you want for as long as you want.

There is not one team, not a single one, as pathetic as the Detroit Lions.  I have great sympathy for the die hards, and there are thousands.  They’re crushed today, not so much because they expected the Lions to succeed, but because they’re disgusted with themselves for allowing optimism in their lives, as if Matt Millen or the Fords had left Detroit.

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Heika:  Hossa Is The Hangover Cure

Worried about that mythical Cup hangover?  I haven’t been, but it seems to be a topic of discussion among those wishing you sadness.  And there are many. Mike Heika, of the Dallas Morning News, says Marian Hossa’s the reason the Wings will come out firing.

The summer is short anyway, due to the fact you played until June; and when you make that a summer of partying, it makes it very difficult to get back into the routine necessary to fight through a tough season. Mix that with the fact every team is gunning for you, and there’s clearly Stanley Cup hangover.

But Hossa changes that for the Wings. He is a respected player who has told his new teammates that he believes in them, and that he wants to do everything he can to help them win again in what could be his one season with the team.

That’s pretty powerful.

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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: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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