Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 04/01/12 at 04:00 PM ET
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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