Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 06/15/12 at 01:31 PM ET
There is no question in my mind that the next thirty days are going to define Ken Holland’s tenure as GM of the Greatest Franchise in Sports. There’s never been a greater need, with more (post-Gary’s Cap) money to spend…blah, blah, blah.
Bring us Suter and bring us Parise and I’m starting to think Semin, Schultz and Garrison.
I want all five, or at least four, as long as the four include the first two.
I do believe Tim Panaccio when he said yesterday that a “source” told him Ryan Suter wants to stay in the Western Conference. Why would he lie? Why make something like that, of all things, up? And now his agent denies that? Well. Yeah. Why would he limit his potential leverage by fifteen teams? Yes, I’m sure the agent’s telling the truth. Because they all do.
But don’t believe the “source”. And stop your fretting, by god. It’s not healthy.
Yeah? Well, fretting’s what I do and I do it a lot. It literally sickens me. It makes me physically ill to consider what happens if Parise signs with, say, Chicago. And don’t think for a second that they’re not looking at ways to do it. I consider the possibility of Suter signing in, throw a team out there….San Jose. And I can feel the tantrum starting around my calves.
Is it because those teams will be that much better? Yes. I don’t want them to succeed and I certainly don’t want their fans to be happy. But it’s more than that and sometimes we have real trouble explaining it, you and I. I absolutely dread July 1st because I’ve been through all the trade deadlines when Kenny’s “stood pat” and the frustration is disgusting. It’s horrific because we can’t control it. We can’t stop it.
If Ryan Suter stays in Nashville, then he’s not the player we want in Detroit. Because that team’s not going to win a Stanley Cup. Not now. Not ever. If they couldn’t do it this year, or come a lot closer than they did, they’re not gonna do it.
If Ryan Suter or Zach Parise sign in Minnesota, they’re telling the world they’re looking for a very small comfort zone that doesn’t include winning a Cup. Little Josh Cooper says Suter’s a “small town boy”. Really? Last I heard he was a professional athlete who plays hockey to, yeah, make money but also to, you know, win a motherfuching Stanley Cup. Is that too emotional? I’m sorry. “Sigh.”
You want a Cup, boys? Hockeytown Awaits. Minnesota? Really? You go there you’re telling the world winning isn’t your top priority and that’s a fact. If the Wild offer you 10 and you could have 9 in Detroit, with a guaranteed legitimate shot at the Cup every year for the next 7, you’re gonna take Minnesota?
If so…do it. And waste away.
And the rumors? I frigging DIG the rumors. I love them. I’d read them all day, as long as I don’t have to pay a lounge singer to provide them. I’m a fan and I’m so far from being above that shit it’s not even funny. I’ll wallow in the gutter and sniff out every frigging seedy, perverted rumor I can find. I’ll believe every one and I’m gonna start posting them too…just because if you think I’m gonna suffer alone for the next two weeks? Well, then you don’t know me as well as you thought.
I’m no frigging journalist. I’m a reactionary, bitches. I want Parise. I want Suter. And I want Schultz, Garrison and Semin. And I don’t care if it’s realistic, dammit. Ken Holland is paid and paid well to give me dreams like that on a platter. He’s Willy Frigging Wonka. He can do it because he’s a wizard. And now he’s a Wizard with a lot of money at his disposal. There is literally no reason he should not land them both, if both show an interest in Detroit.
And I want my damn Cup back.
Parise. Suter. If they leave stinky NJ and shithole Nashville they’d better be in Detroit. And soon. It’s the Summer’s decree and Kenny knows it. Tick. Tock.
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