Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 09/11/07 at 06:38 AM ET
Driving home yesterday I came to a startling conclusion. When I put my mind to it, and the conditions are perfect, I sound exactly like Ozzy in “Crazy Train.” Not every time, oh no. But I figured I’ve heard that song close to 700 times over the “history of my life” (Rocky II was on Versus!!!! last night) and I’ll bet yesterday and a late night in Hong Kong in ‘94 were the only times I really nailed it.
Oh, and Scott Bowman’s happy with the Wings. Unless…
“I like my relationship with the Wings organization, and quite honestly, if something big came along maybe I would consider it, but not to be a mentor or something like that,” Bowman said.
As we sometimes say in the Navy, stand the f*&k by. What did he say? “Something big?” Oh. I guess that rules out “Supreme Ruler of the Toronto Maple Leafs”. Not quite big enough. Scotty’s feeling it again. He’s been away for five years. He’s trailed Tiger, been to Budapest, ran the streets of Pamplona and partied with Lindsay and Paris. “Something big?” Scotty’s on the prowl and he’s got his eyes set on one more gig behind a bench. And not just any bench. It’s got to be a bench “big” enough to seat some serious skill. He won’t be interested in rebuilding a franchise. He wants to take some talent, mold it and dial up the engraver. Where? Your guess is as good as mine. But if a team like the Rangers is underachieving in December? Sounds pretty “big” to me.
And wouldn’t Shanny be just thrilled with that?
Hold off on those predictions that Grigorenko is a lock to make the team. Who the hell said that anyway? What a tool. Oh…me. Bruce MacLeod says the outlook is bleak.
Igor Grigorenko needs to do a lot more to make this team. He had a sub-par game against the Rangers. He was above average in a tournament against 18-22 year-olds, a tournament that he could have dominated. He came to camp out of shape. There’s still time for Grigorenko, but at the moment, the Red Wings’ brass is not impressed.
Meanwhile, while all the talk has been about Grigorenko, Evan McGrath impressed again.
McGrath was flying. He was the best forward on the team. He blocked shots. He went to the net. He showed good skills. And he was the vocal leader on the bench.
If you’ve been too busy reading the Grigorenko hype to keep up with McGrath, Red Wings Central featured him Sunday.
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