Abel to Yzerman
Paul just posted this, and unless you've read our Deep Diggers for years you have no idea just how unique it is.
It's a very rare situation, a Wing beat writer actually criticizing a player. It just doesn't happen. It's not allowed.
Unless, of course, it is. By Mike Babcock, or by Ken Holland.
And in the case of Johan Franzen? It's batteries release. The Wings are obviously dissatisfied with his play, as we all are. The media has been highly butt-hurt with his refusal to speak with them over the years. But they've never mentioned just how irritating they found it until today.
...but talking to reporters through times good and bad is a reflection on a player, and it reflects as poorly on Franzen as does another silent spring.
Read St. James' article and understand how much of a deviation it is from the Deep Digger MO.
"We need more out of Mule, it' simple - Babcock
Babcock feels Franzen should handle media a little better and it would benefit him...
via Ted Kulfan tweets. Johan Franzen turned down numerous media requests today after practice.
Two things before we get started. 1. Donate. This is the time of year to do it. Paul is tireless and he does this for you guys. Donate. 2. Carolina. If the Wings are done after two more games, you can look back to a Friday game against Carolina as the real culprit.
Rumor has it that Sergei Fedorov was on the training table in some dressing room, maybe St. Louis or even Denver, in '97. Steve Yzerman, a man some would consider the greatest Captain of any team in the history of organized sports, hobbled in and pretty much called him a name typically reserved for felines and 63 percent of all Denver males.
Yzerman, according to lore, informed Fedorov (the original Enigma) that pain is pain and men are men and that pain doesn't stop a man from doing the job other men need him to do.
I don't remember how Fedorov played the rest of that series but I distinctly recall thinking he should have won the Conn Smythe that year instead of Mike Vernon.
Yesterday I told you it wasn't quite time for Gordo. Today? Lightfoot is knee deep with the rest of you onboard the Hasek.
Serious trouble is what we're in. Last night offered no hope. It was worse than Sunday only because Boston didn't play as well but dominated the Wings in an even more convincing fashion, and they did it at JLA.
Zetterberg participated in a full practice today and stated he will skate tomorrow morning, meet with the doctors, then...
So, one of 19, should he play if the doctors give him the go-ahead, or should he wait another game?
added 1:20pm, via Craig Custance tweet,
Babcock on the status of Zetterberg, who will consult with doctors: "They'll let us know - if he's available, he'll be going."
There are no trends. Some would say, during the playoffs, that nothing real exists. We boiled the Easter Bunny on Sunday, a nifty addition to a growing list of domestic pets sacrificed in the name of our cause.
We've turned an innocent train, just a small, clean little choo choo, into a den of sin and drunken excess. We've done everything possible to assure an easy entrance into Hell just based purely on our conduct during the last ten playoffs, or so.
We've been juvenile, disgusting, despicable, redolent.
Yesterday was not the refs. It wasn't the Wings trying to play Boston's style. Brendan Smith's attempt to go with Chara was not anything more than a young, frustrated kid tired of getting run. And I mean he was run. All day.
It was an ass kicking. Simple as that. Or as Stu Nahan said, "Butchering. Plain old butchering."
Boston had more energy and, obviously, much more desperation.
And the Wings couldn't match it. Honestly, it would have been tough to expect them to. Do you really think Danny DeKeyser knows what it's like to face a veteran team, a heavy Cup favorite backed into a corner? Did Tomas Tatar go into yesterday fully prepared for that kind of intensity? Of course not. There is no way he could have seen that coming.
None of you have been able to really enjoy an Easter in close to 25 years. Blame the Red Wings for that. While fans of other teams have stress-free holidays every other year or so?
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