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A Masterpiece from the Detroit News

There’s a headline I’ll bet you’d never expected to see here, eh?  It’s well-earned.  John Niyo, Ted Kulfan and Bob Wojnowski recently sat down with Mike Ilitch, Jimmy Devellano, Jim Nill, Scotty Bowman and Ken Holland.  Name a hot topic the last twenty five years and they touch on it: the defections from the Eastern Bloc, the brilliant drafts of ‘83 and ‘89, the near-trade of Steve Yzerman and the current mindset of us against the NHL.

Devellano: Kenny Holland and I have been in the company of at least two general managers—and I won’t tell you who they are—(who said), ‘We can hardly wait until we have a salary cap so we’re on a level playing field with you.’ (They were) intimating that once the salary cap is in place, they’re going to come and pass us. Well, one team missed the playoffs last year, now that they’re on an even playing field, and the other just about caught us but didn’t quite do it.

Spend the next three seconds of your life trying to guess who Devellano’s referring to, then read the rest of the story here and the full transcript here.

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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