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It’s A Tattle-Tale Sound We’re Not Used To Hearing…So Give Us A Break

With only three days left until Gary's playoffs begin, the Wings sit in 9th place in the Western Conference.  Thankfully, that's bound to change tonite because they're destined for two points.  Destined, I say. 

Why?

Because Yackub Kindle is playing.  Yackub,. as you're aware, was the 19th overall pick in 2005 and he's been lighting it up since then boy.

He was selected before the likes of TJ Oshie, Home Keys, Paul Stastny, Kris Lefriggingtang, Jonathan Quick, Keith Yandle and Darren by god Helm (113 picks after Kindle). There are more.  And it's ugly.

Brian Lashoff wasn't drafted nearly as high as Yackub. In fact, he wasn't drafted at all so that's kinda low according to A2Y interns and pharmacists in Dearborn.

But Lashoff has been very good.  Kindle has never shown us anything than an ounce over jack squat and rarely even that.

So this is a confused Live Blog, and a little bitter. Because I just don't get it.  It's not just the Yackub start tonite, or even his draft in '05.  We get it.  Draft picks are never sure things. If they were we certainly wouldn't have given away a first rounder for the likes of Quacks Like A Duck but Dives Like An Av.

Tick Tock.  Tick. Tock.  What are you doing? Why are you saying things like this...

"Twenty games," he said during a pregame chat Friday. "Once you get to 20 games, you'll have a read of what you've got, where we fit."

George showed that to us today and that's crazy talk.  So...after 41 games of a season not wrecked by a midget ball-in-the-mouth commissioner, that's when you'd wait to evaluate the team?  Or after 35? C'mon.

If Kenny's serious about winning this year, and he's not and he hasn't been since last trade deadline when he did absolutely nothing but give away a first-rounder in exchange for a whining little girl who still complains about not getting to wear a ring he didn't earn, then he'd be evaluating right frigging now. He'd be looking for a deal and he wouldn't be hauling out the same, crusty, tired bullshit excuses.

..if you're looking to do something, you can only do something if you have a partner.

Uh huh.  We've heard it.  Meanwhile...Lashoff sits and Kindle plays.  For reasons unknown to anyone.  You know, Nick Lidstrom aged as we all do for the last four years of his career.  He came close to winning the Cup, or at least evening Game 7, himself in the last minute of his last meaningful game.  Then? Three years of Holland stagnation.  Oh...I forgot. You're not stagnant when you're moving backward.  How do you move backward?  I don't know.  Franzen? Hossa? Go with Franzen, please.  And then watch him do nothing. Fredo Corleone as the only defenseman signed when ten others went elsewhere, ten others with more talent and tougher bones?

I know.  Not the usual tone for a live blog.  It's just that I'm hungry but the cook says it's getting to rough to feed us. And that sucks.

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RedMenace's avatar

Yeah, that save was retardulous.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 09:00 PM ET

Bent's avatar

So what was the call?  I was out of the room, and my DVR lost its hard drive this week so I can’t rewind.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/29/13 at 09:00 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 01/29/13 at 07:59 PM ET

what carzy night?!!!

i forgot already?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/29/13 at 09:01 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Datsyuk makes me tingle in my special place.

No Bill, you can’t touch me there anymore!

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 09:01 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

So what was the call?  I was out of the room, and my DVR lost its hard drive this week so I can’t rewind.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/29/13 at 08:00 PM ET

Holding on kronwall

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 09:02 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Only a Honda is a Honda.  Unless it’s an Acura.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 09:02 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

(me thinks there may be more than one stonehands around here ... ?)

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/29/13 at 09:02 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Agreed, Brunner hasn’t come close to earning that kind of label, but if he had, Red calling him “Swiss Miss” is pure gold.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/29/13 at 09:02 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Hey bitches, I am filling out my Top Secret clearance review package…can I use any of you as a reference?  You’ll have to forget that whole thing about the redheads and that goat during that crazy night at Stonehands’ place.  And then there was that ATM machine mishap during the playoffs and…

well…

I don’t remember any of that.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 09:02 PM ET

calquake's avatar

what carzy night?!!!

i forgot already?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/29/13 at 08:01 PM ET

Now you know why men invented instant re-play, we forget sh*t we just saw.

Posted by calquake on 01/29/13 at 09:03 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Holy shit, Franzen didn’t jump out of the way this time.

Or take a nap in front of Kari Wuhrer.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 09:03 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Huskins plays a decent game - which speaks volumes about the strength of our blue line

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 09:03 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

filling out my Top Secret clearance review package

well i was once the only male in an all female office of over 75 at a government facility. was told the only reason was because i scored 100% on the test. only one who had up to that point. but that was long ago and far away. lots of water under the bridge since then.

like the night i purchased four cement bricks, fifty feet of chain, and five padlocks, and went for a midnight boat ride.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/29/13 at 09:04 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Agreed, Brunner hasn’t come close to earning that kind of label, but if he had, Red calling him “Swiss Miss” is pure gold.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/29/13 at 08:02 PM ET

Sigh… would you believe it was actually unintentional per the circumstances?

I didn’t even think about him missing the net and calling him Swiss Miss… I just thought it was a good nickname.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 09:05 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Damn how did that stay out?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/29/13 at 09:05 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Franzen drives the net?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 09:05 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Now you know why men invented instant re-play, we forget sh*t we just saw.

Posted by calquake on 01/29/13 at 08:03 PM ET


some things are best left “forgotten”, eh?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/29/13 at 09:05 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

...only a matter of time…..keep at it boys….

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/29/13 at 09:06 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Sooo close.  I know he missed this time, but I love this Brunner kid.  Its nice to have a forward who doesn’t mind shooting.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 09:06 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Jimmeh Dong Flashing.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 09:06 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/29/13 at 08:04 PM ET

Hey, is your house made of snot and seaweed too?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 09:07 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Maybe they should change the curly fried giveaway to any time the Wings score a first period goal this season.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/29/13 at 09:07 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Franzen drives the net?

Holy shit, right?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 09:07 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Posted by monkey from All hands, abandon ship. This is not a drill. on 01/29/13 at 08:07 PM ET

Must be a full moon.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 09:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Seems the Wings have gotten the message - - shoot the fuching puck

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 09:09 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 01/29/13 at 07:59 PM ET

Did you get your reference?

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/29/13 at 09:09 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Mule seems to have heard the message too - - park in the crease.

22 = stud

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 09:10 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Must be a full moon.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 08:08 PM ET


Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/29/13 at 09:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Jeezo you could hear Brunner’s shot hit his pads.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/29/13 at 09:11 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Tootoo just made that kid his bitch.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 09:11 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

That Tootoo kid.. Keeper

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 09:11 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

beauty pugilist eh?

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 01/29/13 at 09:11 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

...go, go, TOOTOO

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/29/13 at 09:11 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Tooto with his small size and willingness to go reminds me of Dennis polonich.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/29/13 at 09:12 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Goddammit, I love Tootoo.

Yeah, I said it.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 09:12 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

ouch poor kid

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 01/29/13 at 09:12 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice play YAK,

then dumbass, Yak

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 09:12 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Toot Toot will fight anybody who’s willing to go.  He’s either fearless or insane.  Perhaps even both.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/29/13 at 09:12 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Glad Kindl is in there.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/29/13 at 09:13 PM ET

behind the net in G.R.'s avatar

Thank God no TooToo train whistles from our Wings fans.

Posted by behind the net in G.R. on 01/29/13 at 09:13 PM ET

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