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Abel to Yzerman

Coming To Terms With A Couple Of Steel Firms

It's not submission.  We're not Blues fans, for god's sake.  It's short-term acceptance.   For a very brief period of time we've come to understand that this franchise's singular goal is to extend the playoff streak.  That's organizationally.  They're thinking of nothing else. They expect nothing other than just getting in.

It's why Pittsburgh landed two captains, both better than the one they already had.  Minnesota improved. Columbus did and so did Boston.  The Diggers hint that we kicked Jagr's tire but not hard enough.  We're also reminded that the Wings committed to a youth movement when injuries hit us in February?  Ok. 

I call it giving up.  But that's just my isolated opinion, I'm sure.

But only for a short period of time, and only in the eyes of Holland and his team of equal-voiced advisors.  Here's why we have legitimate reason for hope:

There is no way Henrik Zetterberg views this as a gloss-over year.  There is no way that a competitive athlete can be this close to the playoffs, and therefore the Cup, and view this postseason as a nice-to-be-here deal. 

But it's not Hank we worry about.  Or Datsyuk. It's not Kronwall or Howard or even the young defense.  It's not Nyquist or whoever else Uncle Mike puts in there on any given night.

Three things must happen if this team is going to go all UM on us and "shock the world", and it would be a horrific shock to those who despise us, wouldn't it? 

Franzen must be the guy we used to know.  Actually, we never really knew him.  He is the guy we know now because the guy we want him to be has only been around for rare glimpses, but thankfully those glimpses were enough for Tick Tock to ensure the guy we do know will be around for a long, long time.  Who has the ability to get under his skin, like Yzerman got under Fedorov's? Like Bowman got under Shanahan's? Putting him at center, telling him to "choose a line" and then "dominate"?  That's not going to cut it.  The most frustrating Wing of our time, without question. 

Filppula.  Does he realize that if he actually performs for the next two months he can write his own ticket?  If Wally plays even close to his potential he could be looking at an epic payday in June or July or whenever Gary decides to let teams other than us sign free agents this summer.  I'm tired of him and I'm anxious to see him go, but I wouldn't mind an explosion of talent that carries us where few outside of the 19 of us really want us to go. 

Helm.  Poor, sweet, innocent Darren by god Helm.  I'm telling you right now that if we get Helm back healthy and if those two fuchtards I mentioned above can play the way baby jesus wants them to? We have a shot.  If we don't get two out of those three? Done like dinner after one just like Kenny and the rationalizers expect and accept.

The three paragraphs above, plus the one sentence that preceded comprise the most obvious thoughts a Wing fan has ever typed. I get that. But it doesn't make them any less critical.  Mule, Wally and God.  We roll with them, or go out whimpering awash in flagellation and excuses from Kenny and his posse.

It's a Live Blog, you bitches.   I once called the Blues the best team in the Western Conference. Now I just call them the 8 seed, if they're lucky...just like the not so distant good old days.

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RWBill's avatar

Who’s out so Sheahan is in?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/07/13 at 12:44 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

oh my, fine one-on-one defensive play be the Kaiser.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/07/13 at 12:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Bonjour, Bitches. The Circus is back in town. Bout’ fuchin’ time.

There’ a new kid in town too. Forward, bitches. Forward.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 12:44 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

  Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/07/13 at 12:41 PM ET

its on NBC, not NBC sports if that helps

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:42 PM ET

Found it, thanks.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:44 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Good morning from the left coast, damn these early games.  Damn Doc.  Damn Edzo. Damn Douche Canoe.  Damn NBC to hell. 

2 points on the line.  Go get ‘em.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/07/13 at 12:45 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Doc had to bring up the Penguins, of course.

raspberry

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 12:45 PM ET

klank's avatar

that was a great play on Tarasenko by Keyser Soze.  very calm he is.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/07/13 at 12:45 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Who’s out so Sheahan is in?

According to Khan, 22 is out

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:45 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

DAMN

Thank you post

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:46 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

22 out ok.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/07/13 at 12:46 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Who’s out so Sheahan is in?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/07/13 at 12:44 PM ET

Tootoo, I think.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 12:48 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

This will be a good test for Der Kaiser

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:48 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Edzo pointing out that St Lose might have gotten away with “subtle interference”?  My world no longer makes sense.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/07/13 at 12:49 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Sparty says hello

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:49 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Gator just crunched Backes.  Cool.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:49 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I see the Trolls are out in force today. You know who you are.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 12:50 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I see the Trolls are out in force today. You know who you are.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 12:50 PM ET

Why I gotta be a troll, huh?

wink

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:51 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I see the Trolls are out in force today. You know who you are.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 12:50 PM ET

Yep, their bridge must be under repair, stirred them from their slumber

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:51 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

wow Franzen backchecking, holy cow, I didn’t believe I’d see that this year.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/07/13 at 12:52 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Why I gotta be a troll, huh?

wink

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/07/13 at 12:51 PM ET

Thats a good question.  Why DO you gotta be a troll?  :p

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:52 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

holy crap who tied rockets to Franzen’s skates?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

klank's avatar

Edzo pointing out that St Lose might have gotten away with “subtle interference”?

E52 was bowled over!

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

I really liked the last winter classic sweater the wings used.

I like the new sweaters the wings will use next year even more.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

holy crap who tied rockets to Franzen’s skates?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

He musta heard us bitching…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Thats a good question.  Why DO you gotta be a troll?  :p

Because is just the natural way of things. First trolls drag you down to their level and then they beat you with experience…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Is the ice terrible, or are they just having alot of trouble picking up passes?

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

dougie's avatar

My Hockey IQ has been lowered by 20 points.

Thanks, Edzo.

Posted by dougie on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Looks like Jimmah is working on not giving up so many rebounds.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 12:55 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Damn Andersson.  That was friggin epic.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 12:56 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Pietrangelo, you just don’t block a Datsyuk shot

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/07/13 at 12:56 PM ET

Avatar

My Hockey IQ has been lowered by 20 points.

Thanks, Edzo.

Posted by dougie on 04/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

He’s trying to make the entire NBC audience as hockey smurt as he be.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 12:56 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

2 DET SOG

5 STL SOG

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:57 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Why I gotta be a troll, huh?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/07/13 at 12:51 PM ET

You know I’m not referring to you. You’re just a game wrecker.( keeding) wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 12:57 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

DONG

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 12:57 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Howard drilled in the crease - no call

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/07/13 at 12:57 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Howard’s lucky he didn’t get an embellishment penalty

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 12:57 PM ET

Avatar

Another line epicly bad line change.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 12:57 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Is it only me or are there more icings in ten minutes of play than the whole 07 season incl. playoffs?

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/07/13 at 12:58 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Jimmah Dong!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 12:59 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Jimmah playing the angle nicely

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 12:59 PM ET

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