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Holland To Bettman: Suck It. My Boys Are Staying Home.

1634 EST: It gets better.  NHL officials commented to Helene St. James, (“I just spoke to…”  We know, Helene, we know).  See below.
Done deal. 

Detroit’s best player and captain, Nick Lidstrom, a renowned trouble maker, has been suspended one game.

Joining him on the sidelines is reigning Lady Byng winner and noted rebel Pavel Datsyuk.


The pair will miss the Red Wings regular-season game against the Columbus Blue Jackets under a policy established last year, Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice president of hockey operations, said Friday.


Tick Tock?


Wings general manager Ken Holland is upset with the league’s stance and said he has no intention of calling the players and telling them to show up in Montreal.

More, I suspect, to follow.

Like this, maybe?

James Mirtle

Riddle me this though: What does this mean for those that are going to miss the YoungStars game? Should Steve Mason now have to sit in that same game against Detroit? And what about Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom, who didn’t even feign injury in opting out of the rookies vs. sophomores game?

Woops.  How you gonna handle that Gary?

Alright.  We have options, and I’m opening this up to any and everyone.  I’m assuming we’re going to have a slight increase in readership the next 24 hours as lurkers tune in to see the tantrums we’ll all throw.

Not gonna happen.  We’re shifting immediately from anger to humor, as usual.

Solution?  Graphics. Art.  Photoshops. Poems. Songs.  Any and everything.  Send ‘em to me, the email address is on the starboard side.  We’ll unveil it all at the exact time the ASS.G. is supposed to start on Sunday. I literally have no idea what time that’s supposed to happen.

Like this.  A comment from a little while ago, associated with this post.

My grandpa, who is computerless (poor guy) and is wintering down in Florida rarely swears and has to get his Red Wings news from me.  But when I told him about Bettman’s edict to suspend all players skipping the ASG and about Crosby, he said, “It figures that that little shitass would run to Montreal with his tail between his legs.  That is total crap, Bettman can’t make up a rule like that arbitrarily so late in the season.  I say skip it anyways, Lets see if he has the balls to suspend Lidstrom.  If he tries I guarantee you that Illich will put on his foot down and start to slap Bettman around a bit.”

That was such a poetic and beautiful work of art from a 79 year old man than I couldn’t help sharing it.

Posted by sola_gratia on 01/23/09 at 03:37 PM ET


Check this out.  According to Helene St. James, the NHL knows more about the Wings’ medical condition then the team does, eh?

I just now was told by an NHL spokesman that Lidstrom and Datsyuk “are sitting out due to ‘nagging injuries,’ which will preclude them from participating in the first game following the break.”

Whoa. WTF?  An NHL spokesman makes the calls on what “nagging injuries” keep specific players out of specific games?  Wow.  That must be something in the CBA too, eh?  Guess I missed that.

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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

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