Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 09/06/07 at 08:47 AM ET
Well, you’d better just stand by for hockey. How do I know it’s close? Because former Deep Digger Captain Teddy Kulfan has checked in from his long summer’s hiatus and graced us with a few quotes from The Swede.
“It was a great experience for our younger guys going deep into the playoffs (last season) and playing when it really matters,” Lidstrom said. “They’ll build on that and get better.”
Nothing too deep in Kulfan’s Wing Notebook, but you know we don’t like to place too much pressure on our brittle beat writers. Just let them work their way back into form.
Speaking of getting your ass kicked by a member of your own staff, I’m expecting big things this year out of young buck John Niyo. I pointed you to him a few times last season, and wondered along with all 6 of you whether he’d have an expanded role…particlularly since Kulfan had begun to fall back on nasty digger-like habits.
Well, Tuesday Niyo chimed in with a story I didn’t read because I was still reeling from a blown 7-run lead on Sunday. Yes, as the Emperor has pointed out, I’ve become a Tiger slappy as well. On to Niyo and our new boy Igor Grigorenko.
But clearly, all eyes were on Grigorenko, the 24-year-old Russian winger who was Detroit’s top pick in the 2001 entry draft and the organization’s No. 1 prospect until he suffered severe leg injuries in a May 2003 crash in Russia.
“Everything’s fine. I have lost nothing,” Grigorenko said Tuesday, using his agent, Mark Lapush, as an interpreter. “I am ready to be in the NHL.”
Yeahhhh…but, just in case, he’s got that contract with that Russian team in that Russian league, or at least that’s what some Russian writer told us.
As for Niyo: the captaincy’s up for grabs, as always. I’ve been close to taking it away from Khan(!) before, but he always redeems himself with some crazy burst of initiative. Still…it’s there for the taking.
One other note about this Tiger slappiness. Yeah, I’m staggered a bit by the prospect of no playoffs. But, the planets are aligning really. The Lions’ season is done. UM’s season, and hopefully Lloyd Carr’s tenure, is over. State’s season will be done by November. Most of the Pistons will probably be in jail by Christmas. What’s that leave us with? Only the most most successful team in the state’s history. Just pointing that out.
Big couple days for those of us who toil in the Empire. You should see a brand spanking new format across the Kukla board sometime within the next 48 hours. Lots of cool features that will most likely confuse me. Stand by.
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