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And You Know About Leadership…How?

So yesterday, displaying an ability to see into the future that is unrivaled and probably unnerving to a few of you, I predicted a certain degree of angst over the selection of one Chris Chelios as the first NHL Cold-FX Versus Geico Bigfoot Commercial Rodeo Leader of the Year Brought To You By Ford And Mark Messier.

But I couldn’t have foreseen the picnic basket full of pleasing cheddar that was dropped in my lap this morning.

Chelios getting a “leadership” award after not shaking hands after the last series sends what message now? All I can say is there is ZERO chance that Messier would have ever done the same.

Now, I have respect for Chelly. We have had our differences, but in the end I always said that Chris was fighting for a cause he believed in. And in the end he was justified. The guy played his heart out in the playoffs and continues to be a force at his age, but when it comes to leadership….well I guess I don’t know except for what we hear and what I see.

Yes, we’ve heard from the experts and you can make that an (e5) brother.  Boy Bander Dwayne Klessel, founder of the Emporium of Swill and Bogus Crap That Idiots Still Pay To Read, has checked in and claims the following:

“We’ve had our differences…”

Really?  What differences? And your use of the word “we”, Dwayne, indicates it was reciprocal.  So, Chelios engaged you in some sort of debate?  Are we to believe Chris Chelios would actually give you the time of day?  Ummm…can’t see that one happening, DWAYNE.

“What we hear and what I see…” 

What the hell is that?  What did you see that the rest of us didn’t?  Did you happen to see 45-year old Chelios LEADING a defensive corps so decimated by injuries he was forced to play over 20 minutes/night for nearly three months?  Oh, you only saw him refuse to shake hands with the Poultry.  Luckily, one of your readers SAW much more.


Macomb County Daily

In the locker room Friday, Chelios tried to explain what was going through his mind as time wound down on the Red Wings’ season, Tuesday. He said that facing the possibility that his career might be over was part of it.

“Nobody’s bullet-proof,” said Chelios. It’s a situation where I’ve found myself not being able to control my emotions maybe twice in my life. The first thing I thought about a day later was to explain to my sons why because I try to teach them everything you’re supposed to do. I mean this with all sincerity ... no disrespect to the Ducks, no animosity towards them ... I just couldn’t control it. I don’t want to get into the details.”

Chelios said that he wants to return to the Red Wings next season. For their part, the Red Wings’ management team has said that they want Chelios back at the right price.

This past season was one of varied emotions for Chelios. He played a big part in Detroit’s on-ice success, grooming young blue-liners like Brett Lebda and Kyle Quincey. His playoff ice time was a healthy 20 minutes per game.

It was also during this season that Chelios had to deal with the shooting death at one of his restaurants of an employee by a former employee. There was also a season-long battle with NHLPA chief Ted Saskin that led in Saskin being removed from power.

Detroit Free Press

Chelios said he talked Wednesday to his sons about his action because, “I try and teach them everything that you’re supposed to do. ... I’ve always tried to do the right thing and set a great example for the Detroit Red Wings and my family. I saw Selanne’s quotes and I think if he understands, I’ve been through a lot, off the ice as well as on the ice.”

Chelios did not elaborate on this but said he was too upset to heed the Ducks, his own family or team vice president Steve Yzerman.

“I walked out on my sister, my niece, whose birthday it was ... I walked up the ramp and took a cab back,” Chelios said. “I didn’t even say a word to Yzie when I saw him on the ramp. It was just an upsetting feeling. I don’t have any regrets. It’s not an apology. It’s just an explanation of how I felt. If I could go out there today and shake all their hands right now, I would.”

Chelios said a similar thing happened to him in 1992 when he was with Chicago, but that was “because something personal happened to me with my sister.”

Real leaders fess up to their mistakes. Real “bloggers” don’t re-hash personal vendettas, bash a player’s much-ballyhooed age, and then state that “I don’t know except for what we hear and what I see.”

The “what you hear” part has been cut and pasted above. If you want to see the interview, where Chelios honestly states what happened without excusing himself from what he did, well…Now you know.

Woops.  Called out by a paying member. 

Look.  I’m biased.  Biased for Chelios? No.  I think what he did was wrong, and I think he should have shook hands…even with Pronger, Niedermayer and that punk Perry.

I’m biased against Dwayne Klessel, his self promotion, and the crap he continues to spew.  His comment, “we’ve had our disagreements” is a prime example. 

Want more? Let me remind you.  He’s claimed affilitation with NHL teams, the league itself…all false, and all to lure money from the simple minded. 

Don’t believe me?  Let’s review.

Culture Cloud

One of the ways that Eklund drew people into his blog—and began charging them for access—was by constructing a farcical backstory of how he had become an NHL insider thanks to a long career working for a number of teams, the league and as a freelance hockey writer. When I, among others, challenged the particulars, he simply erased it all and constructed a new one….

More? Here you go.

Not satisfied?  Here you go.

Oh, what the heck.  Try this if you still need convincing.

Maybe a little MSM to brighten your day?  Yep. Got that too.

While TSN was reporting that Buffalo goaltender Martin Biron had been traded, the cast of dozens at Rogers Sportsnet were showing viewers live shots of some game-show eye candy getting their makeup, the Hanson brothers performing their 30-year-old shtick and the back of blogger Eklund’s head as he provided the first in a series of often obvious and even more often erroneous rumours.

Dwayne probably thinks I have a vendetta.  He’s right. I do.  Hockey bloggers, the majority of us, are honest and forthright.  We speak our opinions and hope you enjoy them.  He doesn’t fit that description.

On too many occasions Klessel has attempted to speak for the rest of us, behind the anonymity of a made-up name “for his own protection.”  Another crock. 

Lots of crocks, in fact.  Heck, I even heard that Dwayne claims he’s the victim of personal character assassination by….nah.  Check out my paid-members-only rumour chart for that one.


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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