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Ken Holland: Fooling Wing Fans Since 28 February

Oh, the laughs. The joke’s been on us since the deadline.  All that money to spend.  Glaring deficiencies to correct. Talent to be had.  Draft picks to deal.

And our big pickup sat up in the press box for the season’s biggest game to date.  That’s your review of Friday and of every day since Tick Tock Kenny Holland decided the Wings were good enough “as is”.

Injuries happen. They always have and we seem to get the worst of it.  That’s just our life as we know it.  And it’s acceptable when you consider the successes we’ve enjoyed over the years.  Officiating’s screwed us more than other teams and that’s also life when your team refuses to yield to the wishes of a shrew commissioner who feels his legacy lies with the likes of Rosby and Kane.

We’re looking at something more sinister right now though, and that’s a shitshow of the Wings’ own making.  Institutional malaise that starts with the GM has filtered to the coaching staff and seeped into a locker room that finds itself unable or unwilling to make the effort required to compete when home ice is on the line.  As we’ve said, and will always say, the talent is there and the Cup is theirs if they want it.  It really is.  It’s there for a team with the kind of heart Kris Draper had or Steve Yzerman had, or Brendan Shanahan.  Brent Gilchrist had that kind of heart. Remember? The Cup is right there for the team that’s willing to put in two months of the hardest kind of hockey work.

Four more games and we’ll see if everything we’ve suffered through since mid-February has been nothing but a farce.  A sick joke we can shake off when the “switch” is thrown in a couple weeks. 

It’s disgusting how bleak we’ve become since the home-ice streak ended like five years ago.  I can’t even remember the kind of arrogance we enjoyed back in December and January.  It can come back, but man it’s looking like a mirage right about now.

And so, Kenny, happy April Fool’s Day.  All that money to spend and the joke’s on us with four games left.

It’s a Live Blog bitches and you have my apologies for the tone.  Voox: line ‘em up and keep ‘em coming.

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Sammy hahahaha

99 yay!

G’night all

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 08:46 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Afternoon all…I hear some Oysters calling my name!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/01/12 at 08:46 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Holee Cow, a win!  What is it?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/01/12 at 08:47 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I hear some Oysters calling my name!

I warned you about the brown acid.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 08:48 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Holee Cow, a win!  What is it?
Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 04/01/12 at 06:47 PM ET

It’s where your team scores more goals than the other team, but that’s not important right now.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/01/12 at 08:48 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

You think I’m fuchin’ crazy?

Don’t answer that.

Posted by dougie on 04/01/12 at 05:53 PM ET

Says the guy too drunk even for a taxi.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/01/12 at 08:50 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

What just happened. Someone called it a “win”? What’s a “win”? Do they hurt? Are they friendly? How much do they cost?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/01/12 at 08:51 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

It’s where your team scores more goals than the other team, but that’s not important right now.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/01/12 at 06:48 PM ET


I had Airplane rattling around in my head but didn’t think the inference was clear enough.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/01/12 at 08:54 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I had Airplane rattling around in my head but didn’t think the inference was clear enough.
Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 04/01/12 at 06:54 PM ET

Looks like I picked the wrong season to quit sniffing glue.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/01/12 at 08:59 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Looks like I picked the wrong season to quit sniffing glue.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/01/12 at 06:59 PM ET

Boy that’s for sure.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/01/12 at 09:01 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Says the guy too drunk even for a taxi.

Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 04/01/12 at 06:50 PM ET

That cabbie was a dipshit. I wanted to go all Kane on him. He didn’t want to take himself out of play for the hour it would have taken for him to get me home, and make the return trip.

We sat out front and continued to drink beer, until my wife got there an hour later. He had one fare, and was back in 15 minutes. I saved 80 bucks, and got to miss most of Fridays game.

Posted by dougie on 04/01/12 at 09:40 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

So the Wings jam their last 3 games in 66 hours?

Thanks. Gary. Ass.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/01/12 at 09:42 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

So the Wings jam their last 3 games in 66 hours?
Thanks. Gary. Ass.
Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 04/01/12 at 07:42 PM ET

A sincere thank you. Get the suffering over with as fast as possible.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/01/12 at 10:04 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Wings win!

What sort of textual, literary, and/or graphical device should I employ to impart upon the audience the image of me running naked through the Hasek, foaming at the mouth, screaming gibberish, throwing feces, and randomly groping passer by?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/01/12 at 10:09 PM ET

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What sort of textual, literary, and/or graphical device should I employ to impart upon the audience the image of me running naked through the Hasek, foaming at the mouth, screaming gibberish, throwing feces, and randomly groping passer by?

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 04/01/12 at 08:09 PM ET

I had a flash of that scene from American Psycho and the chainsaw…only wearing a Wings jersey and a tinfoil hat.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/01/12 at 10:20 PM ET

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Look out for the vomiit, earwax, turpentine, doorknobs, and footballs Monkey . We don’t need you gettin hurt,  being the moral ambassador of the 19 before Morel season starts up North. Prolly starts early this year with this crazoid weather the whole country is having.

Missed the shootout going to my 1 and only playoff hockey game tonight. 1 and done was our motto this season. It’s looking to be the same for our hallowed heroes of hockeytown also if they don’t flip the friggin switch now.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/02/12 at 01:51 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Chicago and Vancouver will never lose another game and will split the Stanley Cup.
Dallas chokes away 3rd place, but has time to recover.
Seriously, check out Chicago since game 68 and Canucks 13/14 points.

Come April 10 it’s all meaningless, Ice Station Zero for everyone.

POS 040112

LAK / PHX / SJS / DAL - 4 teams playing with 3 musical chairs.

POS 040112B

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/02/12 at 01:07 PM ET

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  yaay shootout!!!  Where would we be this year without our beloved skills competition?
  Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:45 PM ET

Booking tee times for next week?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/01/12 at 06:46 PM ET

In fifth place, tied with Chicago three points back of Nashville.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/02/12 at 01:31 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Maybe they could use the Peloton of Suck chart for their wall.

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2012/04/red_wings_kyle_quincey_said_he.html

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/02/12 at 02:53 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

We’d have 91 points in sixth, winning the 91 point tie breaker with Phoenix.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/02/12 at 03:29 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Home > Detroit Red Wings
Red Wings’ Kyle Quincey suspended one game for elbowing Tomas Kopecky in the head (with video)

I haven’t counted heads, but will B Smith be brought up?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/02/12 at 08:21 PM ET

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We’d have 91 points in sixth, winning the 91 point tie breaker with Phoenix.

Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 04/02/12 at 01:29 PM ET

So you’re counting OTLs as a point but giving a tie for any game that went to a shootout?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/02/12 at 08:23 PM ET

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Uber-youtube user, awood40, has posted a vid of the Top Ten Red Wings Goals Scored for the Month of March.

Outstanding compilation, awood40.  Thanks.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/02/12 at 09:35 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Am I double counting?  In all fairness, I’m not too bright anyway.  I’m on a bit of a wine mellow so don’t even understand.  8 shootout wins means 8 extra points compared to 8 shootout losses, doesn’t it? 

I actually don’t care, at this point, I just want the Bastards to play better, and for 60 minutes.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/02/12 at 09:55 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I don’t care too much about any other team really, but I’d like to see both Washington and San Jose get nudged out of the playoffs this week.  Both are in by 1 point right now.

It’s 8 pm, time for the Bro’ code.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/02/12 at 09:59 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Here’s to tool I’m using, Bill.

http://hockeycssi.com/publicuser.standings/index

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/02/12 at 10:00 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Reduced scope, from game 70 only.  Vertical Y scale shows 1 point divisions, not 2 points. Only change is the LAK win last night to firm up 3rd place, which is really 6th, but who’s counting.

POS 040212

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/03/12 at 02:31 PM ET

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Since George is still under the weather (get well soon, George), I actually went to the Mlive site to read the latest news.

Brendan Savage had a piece and a poll question regarding who is the biggest threat in the playoffs to the Wings. He threw out some ideas, but did not state an opinion on the question. The sCIENTIFICALLY aCCURATE iNTERNET pOLL results put Bubba as the biggest threat (according to 42.7% of respondents). This got me thinking (never a good thing)...

We have a Wings team that set a League records for home wins and home winning streak. Yet, we have a Wings team that has a losing record on the road (22nd worst in the NHL). We have a Wings team that is fifth in goal differential (+46) and sixth in goals against (196 allowed). Yet, we have a Wings team that is ranked 21st in both PP and PK. We have a team with two seven game winning streaks. Yet, we have a team with a seven and six game losing streaks.

What team poses the biggest threat to the Wings in the playoffs?

To borrow a phrase from Pogo*, we have met the enemy and he is us. The Wings biggest threat to the Wings in the playoff is themselves.

*If you’re under 45, I’m sure Wikipedia has a nice article on Pogo and Walt Kelly.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/03/12 at 07:05 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

What the heck is wrong with me?  I got home from work and just sat here at the kitchen table drinking wine and eating an entire 8 oz triangle of brie, browsing crap.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/03/12 at 09:08 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

I knew a Brie from Virginia once…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/03/12 at 09:14 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

we have met the enemy and he is us. The Wings biggest threat to the Wings in the playoff is themselves.
Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/03/12 at 05:05 PM ET

This, I believe, is the best statement of the year to describe team 2011-12.

Just another manic depressive Monday, as said The Bangles.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/03/12 at 09:15 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Brie.
Hey 42Jeff, is she red enough for intermission soft porn?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/03/12 at 09:20 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/03/12 at 09:22 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

...And normalcy returns to RWBill’s evening.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/03/12 at 09:22 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Now we’re talkin.  Wrap those long fingers around that shaft and cock that cannon.

WTH am I doing? I’ll Just go feed the cats.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/03/12 at 09:26 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Serenity now.  Serenity now.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/03/12 at 09:27 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Stars just suffered a crushing loss head to head from San Jose.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/04/12 at 01:38 AM ET

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Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 04/03/12 at 07:20 PM ET

That’ll do BIll.  That’ll do.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/04/12 at 08:39 AM ET

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