Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 04/26/14 at 09:16 AM ET
A few ditties to start your day...
Back to Franzen, a topic we really haven't left. Dougie made this comment this morning and I am fully onboard.
I simply cannot abide people with high talent levels who don’t consistently produce. I have a guy like that working for me now, and he is gone,gone,gone as soon as I can find someone with even marginal talent, and a will to succeed.
I don't have the vocabulary to describe how strongly I agree with that statement. It is one of the few times hockey and the lives the other 99 percent of us live can be accurately compared. I would take a mediocre-to-good worker, who performs at the same level every day, over a mercurial one, somebody who shows amazing potential every once in a while, then falls back on the easy routine of just getting by. It is highly frustrating.
Franzen, Lang, Fedorov, Legace, even Ericsson. Look at the players who have really gotten our blood boiling over the years and it's the guys who tease us then slip. Actually, I'll take Fedorov out of that group. Unfair, because I think he was on way more than off.
Gustav Nyquist is a sniper and we're going to expect plenty from him over the years. He's watching Franzen like the rest of us. If this malaise Franzen is, naturally, mired in is viewed as acceptable, do you really think Nyquist isn't going to develop the same habits? Franzen is probably a hero to this kid. It's time for Franzen to leave.
I rarely do this, but I'm gonna give it a shot.
Yeah, 36ish hours out from Game 5 he’s got such a great handle on what Howard’s condition is going to be that he just makes the call now instead of waiting until gametime?
That's HockeyinHD and I agree with him, which makes me want to curl up and cry a little. But, seriously...Babcock makes the call that early before a playoff game because of flu symptoms?
No. Jimmy Howard has been benched for a playoff game and it's because of the Hamilton goal in Game 2.
“That goal can’t go in,” coach Mike Babcock said after the Bruins took a 2-1 lead in the series.
That's Jeff Seidel, the Freep columnist who writes like he grew up in MIchigan and has emotional ties to our teams like the rest of us do but in real life he just got here a couple years ago and I don't really trust his Detroit instincts yet, but in this case he's on.
He's on because the "flu" hit Jimmy Howard the second that puck went by him. Unscreened. Untipped. Unstopped.
That's what I believe. He's been benched. Not sick. Benched. If that is the case, we have an issue on our hands. If that's the case, and Howard was banished to the dressing room for all of Game 4 to perpetuate this fable that he had a rumbly in the tumbly? If that's the case we're going to have ourselves a good, old fashioned Detroit goaltender controversy to keep us cool this summer.
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