Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 08/08/10 at 01:08 PM ET
It’s been too long since we last took a hard look at the hustling, hungry crew of Detroit beat writers and columnists. I’ve been saving a few ditties and another just popped up. Ready? I know you are.
Just stop. Stop it. Ansar Khan(!), after all these years of only writing exactly what the Wings tell you to, doing little more than paraphrasing Uncle Mike and Tick Tock, don’t you go and try pretending that you have an opinion.
And consider this, too: In Detroit, Mitchell would have no chance of cracking the top four (Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Brad Stuart, Niklas Kronwall) this season, barring an injury. Would he want to go somewhere knowing he’s cemented as the No. 5 or No. 6 defenseman and won’t get as much playing time? It’s doubtful.
Awww. Well that’s just cute.
Wook at our wittle DD Captain, going all analytic and shit.
Well, here’s a frigging storyline for you Ansar…if Willie Mitchell comes to Hockeytown it’s not because he wants to “crack the top 4”. It’s because he wants a Cup. And if he’s playing for a contract, if he signs here for cheap, for one year, he’ll get that deal here or elsewhere if he contributes to the mission. Get it?
Brett Lebda sucks ass, but he’s gonna get nearly 1.5. Yeah, he’s gonna make it in Toronto…where the Leafs aren’t exactly known for redolent decision making, but he’s getting it. Why Ansar? Not because of his startling abilities to rove the blue line or move the puck. He’s getting that money because of his pedigree, because of his association with the Wings. Toronto’s not paying for the baby Jesus-given talents of Brett Lebda. They’re paying for what he’s learned in our organ-I-zation and the Quincey-like possibility that those lessons translate into success.
Among free-agent defensemen the Detroit Red Wings have inquired about, Lukas Krajicek seems like a more realistic possibility than Willie Mitchell for that sixth spot.
STFU. You just made me sad. Somebody fed that name to Khan(!). No way he’s done an in-depth analysis of the UFA pool and figured it out on his own. Somebody fed it to him and that’s disturbing because in that case it’s probably true that the Wings are considering him.
Keep your dirty frigging hands off my Willie, Khan(!).
Hey, here’s something cool. Chris McCosky, who finds us unsavory and probably borderline slanderous, is doing all sorts of blogging from Lions camp. So now I’m wondering, with the recent addition of Greg Krupa to our happy band of Deep Diggers, does that mean we’ve seen the last of McCosky? And what about Ted Kulfan? WTF? I had fun with Teddy. Where’s he headed off to, eh? Whatever. Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of John Niyo. I’m just sayin’.
Seen this? All you motherly protectors of our Delicate Genius might want to stop reading now because little Mitch got frigging blasted a few weeks ago at The Big Lead. Jason Whitlock is not pleased with the AP’s selection of Albom for some big-ass award.
Myth Albom is and always has been the king of feel-good fairy tales about dead sources, make-believe dead people in heaven, Fab Five basketball players and any other source willing to keep quiet while Albom poured syrup and exaggeration on some cute anecdote.
Associated Press Sports Editors, the political, ass-kissing organization that pretends to be sports writing’s selfless guardian, built King Myth Albom’s throne, celebrating his money-quote-filled narrative schmaltz year after year with enough plaques to build an ark.
Whitlock plasters him, and it’s fun to read. Whitlock, to be fair, used to be a competitor of Albom’s in Ann Arbor and remains one today as a national columnist. So, his motives are probably jaded a bit. But Whitlock is the anti-Mitch, which is good enough in my book. Good on him for telling it like it is and probably taking a huge amount of heat for it since the Delicate Genius is the poster girl of newspaper columnists.
Finally, we’ve got ourselves a grass-roots movement going here at A2Y and across the Wing blogosphere. It started out in a dark, drunken back room (AKA: the A2Y comment section) a few weeks ago and now it’s come to life. We’re sending Malik to TC. If you want to contribute, use George’s email address (rtxg at yahoo) when you go to PayPal and let’s get him to training camp. Great comment by Primis on this thing the other day.
Only Red Wings fans would take up a fund to send a specific writer… to Traverse City… to cover the prospects tournament and camp.
The whole argument for any other NHL team’s fanbase being better just was completely crushed. Game, set, and match.
You may be seeing that quote again soon on a sidebar near you. Enjoy your Sunday bitches.
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