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Sometimes?  Well Sometimes It’s Good To Be Dumb

Dude.  I just read something that reminded me of a great piece of advice I received at a young age.

I was 22, a young Sailor doing what young Sailors do in the Philippines.  I happened to wander into a nifty dive called the Irish Rose out in The Barrio, where a few old Chiefs were sitting around doing what old Chiefs did.

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As you’re considering where the NHL’s runner ups will fall on the Official A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart, you may want to keep this little ditty in mind:

Brendan Shanahan has allegedly contacted Ray Shero and asked about the possibility of joining the Pens.

Opinions in Pittsburgh?  Perky.

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Creating The Official A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart.  Week 1: Denver

Editor’s note:  I can’t figure out where to put the updates. For two years, I’ve been placing them all over. Italics. Bolds. Military time. Civilian time.  Cursive. French. I can’t stay consistent.  Until now.  There are two updates at the bottom of this post. Neither are very important. But they’re written well. Read them if you must.
Note for note.  That’s how I play Aerosmith’s “Same Old Song And Dance”.  It’s remarkable.  I just started playing the guitar three weeks ago and I can already do everything Joe Perry does.  Solos, complicated riffs, fingers flying.  Rocking.  A guitar savant is what I am.

Sometimes it’s hard when I have to hit the red and blue notes at the same time, but all I do is press the “+” symbol on the Wii remote and start over.

I’ve gotten so good that while I’m rocking out I let my mind wander to the teams who hate us the most and where they will fall out in our newly designed A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart.  Rocking out.  Thinking.  It’s what I do.

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Dirty, Thieving Hawks Do It Again

Good god. First they steal our New Year’s Day Game.  Then they take our legend.

And we haven’t even mentioned the fact that they still have our Enigma, the greatest scapegoat in the history of hockey blogging.


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Updated below: looks like Google screwed the pooch on this one. 

I’ve made no secret about my respect for the guys who run The Pens Blog.  I think it’s the most creative, funniest, boldest hockey blog on the Gore.  In my opinion, what they’ve done over there has shattered boundaries and made a lot of shrivs sit up and take notice.

Today?  Censored.

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Farewell Scotty

Will Scotty Bowman help the Hawks?  Absolutely.  How could he not?  Will Chicago pose more of a threat due to his knowledge of the Wings?  Maybe.

Does it matter, in the grand scheme of things?

Not when you consider that it would appear he took the job for a pretty damn good reason. 

Good luck Scotty. Thanks for ending 42 years of frustration.  And thanks for doing it again.  And again.  Oh, and again.


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Oh…It’s On Now

You wanted a rivalry?

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Stand The Flip By…Tick Tock To Deal In TC

Filppula’s deal means less than a mil to work with and that means somebody’s gotta go, eh Kenny?


“We’ll have to make a decision based on the 23-man roster, the salary cap and age,’’ Holland said. “We’ll have to be prepared to trade some players. I would expect there would be interest in some of our players.’‘

A trade is pretty much guaranteed.  A trade.  But…Tick Tock may have taken it a step further, eh?  “...interest in some of our players.”


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Confirmed:  Fil For Five

Via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up another piece of their Stanley Cup Championship team.

The club signed restricted free agent forward Valtteri Filppula to a five-year, $15 million contract on Wednesday.


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My Guess? It’s Flippin’ Imminent

Updated 1012 EST:  Email from Risto Pakarinen, blogger at NHL.com:  “Hasn’t signed yet, getting closer, likely to sign before fri hearing.”


Tick Tock generally gets what he wants.  He’s greedy that way.  And so are we.  And right now?  What we’d like is news of a Filppula deal, hopefully one of a long-term variety.

But…the Diggers are disappointing us again.  So, just for fun, I thought I’d pick up the rotary and dial Wally’s agent.  Guy named Bill Zito of Acme Sports.

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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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