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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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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

seems like DET have some jump tonight

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 08:45 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

SOG 3-0 stars

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/29/13 at 08:45 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Lashoff scores!!!.....oh wait nevermind

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 01/29/13 at 07:44 PM ET

Oh, stfu and eat your hotdogs.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:46 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

So lashoff was benched because kindl is a power play genius?  Did i hear that right?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/29/13 at 08:47 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

A premium chance - - dont see many of those lately

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 08:47 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Oh Smitty, you’re still young.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:47 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Buckets = Garbage. Get rid of that douche.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 08:48 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Buckets = Garbage. Get rid of that douche.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 07:48 PM ET

Maybe Holland can convince him to retire after this season…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:49 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

So lashoff was benched because kindl is a power play genius?  Did i hear that right?

A strong whiff of desperation accompanies that logic.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/29/13 at 08:49 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

When has Holland convinced anyone to retire?

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 08:50 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

So lashoff was benched because kindl is a power play genius?  Did i hear that right?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/29/13 at 07:47 PM ET

Read: Lashoff was benched in favor of giving Kindl, what might be, his last chance.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:50 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Let’s see… package Kindl, Cleary and throw in Sammy and I’m convinced we can get at least a bag of new pucks.

Posted by calquake on 01/29/13 at 08:50 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Maybe Holland can convince him to retire after this season…

Posted by RedMenace from aboard the Crazy Train on 01/29/13 at 07:49 PM ET

Yeah, the same way they got Hasek and Chelios to retire when the time was right…........

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 08:50 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

When has Holland convinced anyone to retire?

2012, Lidstrom

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/29/13 at 08:51 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

When has Holland convinced anyone to retire?

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 07:50 PM ET

About a week ago?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:51 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Yeah, the same way they got Hasek and Chelios to retire when the time was right…........

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 07:50 PM ET

Eh, Hasek was a special boy, and Chelios is a freak of nature. Guys like that you let retire on their own terms.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:52 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Strong PK there.  Something to build on?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/29/13 at 08:53 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Yak - - trailing the play?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 08:53 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

JMMAH

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/29/13 at 08:53 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Hit the net, Swiss Miss

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:53 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I really like the 4 line - - 60 grit sandpaper

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 08:54 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Eh, Hasek was a special boy, and Chelios is a freak of nature. Guys like that you let retire on their own terms.

Posted by RedMenace from aboard the Crazy Train on 01/29/13 at 07:52 PM ET

Eh, Chelios maybe.  Hasek was dunzo in the nineties, that guy wouldn’t let go.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 08:54 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Way to be hard on the backcheck, Ass—er, Mule.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:54 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Hit the net, Swiss Miss

A potential new nickname in the pipeline.  But he’ll have to become a totally chronic scatter shot to earn it.  Jury’s still out on that.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/29/13 at 08:55 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

I missed that offsides. call..

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 08:55 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

There is no way that Brunner can miss more then Sammy.. Ever.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 08:56 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Eh, Chelios maybe.  Hasek was dunzo in the nineties, that guy wouldn’t let go.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 07:54 PM ET

Yeah, but you do have to admit that he is/was a special boy.

I mean, breakfasts come and go, Renee; goatlenders? Like Hasek? They come around once, maybe twice in a lifetime.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:56 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Lauren - the Kim Kardashian of the D

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 01/29/13 at 08:56 PM ET

calquake's avatar

A potential new nickname in the pipeline.  But he’ll have to become a totally chronic scatter shot to earn it.

Yes but then he’d be William Tell’s apprentice.

Posted by calquake on 01/29/13 at 08:57 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

But he’ll have to become a totally chronic scatter shot to earn it.

No way, William Tell has the market cornered on missing the net.

Brunner at least gets em close

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 08:57 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Mick hates technology. ROFL.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 08:57 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Look at the old Affliction douche checking out the “talent.”

Bro, you’re >40. Affliction shirts are not for you.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:58 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

micky learning something new every day

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/29/13 at 08:58 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Yeah, but you do have to admit that he is/was a special boy.

I mean, breakfasts come and go, Renee; goatlenders? Like Hasek? They come around once, maybe twice in a lifetime.

Posted by RedMenace from aboard the Crazy Train on 01/29/13 at 07:56 PM ET

Fair enough… but man I hated that guy before it was over.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 08:58 PM ET

monkey's avatar

When has Holland convinced anyone to retire?

2012, Lidstrom

HAHAHA.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 08:59 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Shannon is one of the nicest looking Size 12s you’ll see.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/29/13 at 08:59 PM ET

42jeff'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…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/29/13 at 08:59 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Great, Dan O’Terriblerefahan makes a call against the Wings.

bIG sURPRISE.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 08:59 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

this game is turning to soccer…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 01/29/13 at 08:59 PM ET

calquake's avatar

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

Good times…

Posted by calquake on 01/29/13 at 09:00 PM ET

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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