Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 07/06/13 at 02:33 PM ET
Greg(g) Krupa is smarter than you and he'd like to use 2000 words to prove it. Daily.
Not bad for a general manager whom some lily-livered folks around town unjustly have accused of borderline incompetence, as the Red Wings attempt one of the most difficult managerial tasks in sport, rebuilding on the fly.
That would be me. And a few of you. Not quite 19, but a few.
I stand by every criticism I've had of Ken Holland the last five years. Every one of them. While I'm at it, I also revel in the shrewd way he's conducted himself the last two weeks. Letting LeCavalier go to Philly, where rich people go to die without Cups, turned out to be a good move. When everyone was saying (including all of our Diggers) that Weiss would come in no lower than 6? Holland gets him for 5. And Alfredsson? That was a gas-station phone call type of deal (see Hossa in '08), but he still had to so some work to pry him away from Boston.
Krupa, though, says we're "lily-livered" if we dare to do what he doesn't have the nuts to...and that would be question the Wings. He never has. St. James, Kulfan, Khan(!)...they lay dormant when the Wings do, spouting and spewing the company line as summer after summer passed with nothing to show for it. Nick Lidstrom last final three years were wasted by management's inactivity. But, hey, if you dare toss a dart in Tick Tock's direction, you're "lily-livered."
And he's not done. Oh no.
And as for the folks around town who think players desire not to play for the Wings because Babcock is too intense?
I do not have the space for that in this column. I will save it.
He doesn't have the space. Gonna save it. You do that Greg(g).
According to George the Wings have like 8 million left to spend before camp ends and by then they've got to do some shaving. @helenestjames says Brunner's looking for 3.5 over 2 or 3 years. If all that is true? We may see the Swiss kid back, despite the claims to the contrary the Diggers have typed at Tick Tock's direction. Naturally, we still have to get the Griffs signed too. I'll leave that to you, Kenny. And your management team.
A few other items:
Greg Wyshynski is not happy. Not one bit. He, the keeper of the league's integrity, feels Alfredsson would have been better suited in Boston if he's serious about a Cup run. You're Daniel Alfredsson. You're going to leave Ottawa and take massive abuse in doing so. You know this. You have a choice between Boston, Detroit and a few others. It's not about the money because the money's gonna be the same no matter where you go. About 5 for 1. So you pick the team you feel has the best chance to win with you on the roster. You're Daniel Alfredsson and you've played in the Eastern Conference for 17 years. You kind of know the league. But, seriously, Greg Wyshynski knows better. You should have listened to him Daniel.
Personally, I don’t think Alfredsson made the right decision. First, because the Boston Bruins are closer to a Stanley Cup than are the Detroit Red Wings, due to something called “defensemen.”
Know this. Wyshynski has no knowledge of how strong Detroit's D is. None. The only thing he's doing there is what he's done for years and built a blog around: subtle, or outright, digs at you, Wing fans. If not at you, specifically, 19.
I'll take Kronwall, Ericsson, DeKeyser, Quincey, Kindl and Smith over Chara, Seidenberg, Boychuk, Krug and whoever else they've got. By a large margin? Nope. But Lambert's daddy couldn't come up with anything else because the Wings are clearly better offensively, at least equal in net and behind the bench, and so he blindly points to the D. Ok. Wait for it. As much as Detroit's blue line matured in a span of two months, see how good it is in December.
But hey, Greg. I'm sure you've done your research, as usual. You're right. Alfredsson was impetuous, hasty. Misguided.
So Rosby called Cleary? See that. I read it. So it's true. Then they re-signed Adams so he's probably not going there. Which brings us to Brendan Morrow. Similar players. I'd like Cleary back because he's ours. But I dig Morrow. I just do. I like his grit. Doesn't have the "pace", of course. But I'd like that signing.
Back to Krupa and Holland for a minute. I get it. I waffle on Holland every day. But, that's what we--fans--do. Krupa can suck it if he finds that to be "lily-livered." Just because I criticize Ken Holland doesn't mean I think he's garbage. By and large, I understand he's what's best for me and my family. What I don't like is yet another tool with "real journalist" in his auto signature telling me what I'm supposed to like or dislike.
So, yeah. Suck it Greg(g).
Soon we need to talk about how weird it is not being in the West. I love seeing St. Louis miss out on everyone but 8th tier UFAs. But it's strange that it doesn't really affect us. We need to discuss that whole dynamic soon. Enjoy your Saturday, bitches.
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