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This should be on page 1 of Gary (.ass) Bettman’s eventual authorized biography (“Ruling the NHL with the hand of a Hobbit”):

NHL.com

With 360,061 votes, Toronto’s James Reimer is 10th overall and first among goaltenders.

James Reimer has 49 career starts in the NHL.
Jim F. Howard: 163

Reimer is 5-3-3 this year with a save percentage of .900 and a GAA of 2.86.
Effing Howard: 20-7-1, .928, 1.91.

Reimer is 41st, 41st, 49th, 36th, 41st, 41st, 33rd, 30th and 40th in significant goaltending categories.
Howard is in the top ten in every one of them. 

Enjoy that ASG, NHL fans.

Got Wood?

I do, after finally taking a look at the Youtube page a few of you have been talking about in the comments of our very special Live Blog.  It belongs to a character named “awood40”, and it might be the most awesome thing ever invented by baby Jesus and Al Gore. Want highlights?  He’s got ‘em. Complete games filled with joy and Charleston Chews? Yep.  Classic moments, heartbreak, Fresca, Hookers and Probert. It’s all there for the taking.  An example? Why yes.

Holy. Hell. It’s every frigging goal scored by the Captain in the 97, 98 and ‘02 playoffs.  Seriously. That is sick and it’s all there.

Morning Wood is what it is and what it should be.  Much, much more there. You can spend hours and hours of time sitting in front of your computer like a porn fiend, ignoring your family and disregarding the holiday norms society has been shoving down your throat for years; only it’s ok because it’s all Red Wings and it’s all glorious.

If the playoffs started today”...we’d have the Brittle Bitter Brokenhearted Bitch Blues and their legions of manically depressed fans.  Naturally, St. Lose has been hoping the “playoffs started today” every December the last ten years.  The odds that the Blues actually reach the postseason are, in my opinion, slim. That, naturally, isn’t based on stats, strength of schedule, coaching, veteran leadership, goaltending, or any of the other Corsi-like stats you want to throw at me. It’s entirely steeped in my sincere hope that they miss the playoffs again because of the puppy-like, visceral joy I get in knowing that Blues fans are suffering.  I can’t help it and I’m not proud of it. It just is. It exists. It’s real and I love it when they’re sad.  Come to think of it, the only thing that makes a Blues fan sadder than missing the playoffs is making them and losing to Detroit.  Yes, please.

“I hated him,” said Commodore, of the years he spent on other teams, trying to deal with Holmstrom. “And I’m not the only one. A lot of defencemen do hate him. He’s tough to move. And he’s been around a long time, so when you’re pushing and shoving him in front of the net, he whacks you back, and he’s never getting a penalty, and it irritates you no end. I think he’s just been around so long, he gets away with it—and that’s OK. That’s how it should be.”

That’s Mike Commodore. He wears #22 for the Red Wings, despite a fake charity campaign on a search engine, and he hasn’t played much. But he’s good for a quote and he’s got some credibility when that quote is about Tomas Holmstrom.  Good article by Cam Cole at the Vancouver Sun.

See you for the Live Blog tomorrow bitches, maybe sooner.  In the meantime, keep pining for an All Star nominee.  That’s what we need in these parts, a true “elite” goalie, one with a pedigree like James Reimer.  Woe is us.

 

 

 

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GrahamWIIM's avatar

The saving grace is that Reimer will be so destroyed mentally from being subjected to actual quality forwards (since he plays in the Northeast) that Leaf fans will be pining for the “good ol” days of Vesa Toskala, while Howard will be smiling proudly in July with his Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophies in Toronto at the award ceremonies.

Posted by GrahamWIIM from Chicago via Toronto on 12/21/11 at 12:08 AM ET

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Wait.  The all star doesn’t represent the best players in the NHL and instead features the NHL’s most popular players (at the moment) and players from the host city’s team (Ottawa, i.e. Toronto North East)?  When did this happen??

Posted by sherlock on 12/21/11 at 12:11 AM ET

DocF's avatar

They have an All Star game in the NHL? 

I’m having trouble finding the keys after watching Stevie Y play through those great Cup series.  Even in 1997, it was obvious that his knees were in terrible shape, yet he persevered.  I think it is because of him that Buttman hates the Red Wings so much.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 12/21/11 at 01:19 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...so when you’re pushing and shoving him in front of the net, he whacks you back, and he’s never getting a penalty...

I don’t care if Mad Mike is wearing the Winged Wheel these days (um, he is still on the team, right), that’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Homer gets called for having his butt in the crease, touching a defenseman or farting in the goalie’s face. Every. Single. Time.

He drives goalies and defensemen crazy because, no matter what they do, he just gets back in position and does his job. He’s the unstoppable force – in spite of all the bogus calls that go against him.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/21/11 at 01:27 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Hey, DocF made it over to A2Y!  Welcome, you will find less and less reason to ever bother going to the Red Wing Forum or Comments sections on mlive.  Many of us started there years ago but followed Godfather Paul Kukla to this Korner and A2Y founder Master Chief Houlihan to this masterpiece of a Red Wing blog.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 12/21/11 at 01:36 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Even on one leg, Stevie was one of the smoothest skaters I’ve ever seen.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/21/11 at 02:29 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I’m glad that’s making the rounds, Master Chief.  I was looking around for TSN Top Ten (whatever and they were all good), I caught a glimpse of “Steve Yzerman: Every goal scored (97/08/02),” and I just clicked on it.

As soon as it was over, I just knew I had to share this with The 19.  And there’s more:

Brendan Shanahan: Every Goal Scored (97/98/02)

and:

The Grind Line: Every Goal from the 97/98/02/08 Playoffs.

If you have at least an hour to spare (and maybe a few Kleenex), it’s all worthwhile.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 12/21/11 at 03:29 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Can’t get enough:

Nick Lidstrom: Every goal scored from the 97/98/02/08 Playoffs

and:

Sergei Fedorov: Every goal scored from the 97/98/02 Playoffs

I know some people are still sore about the way Feds left the Wings but IMO, let bygones be bygones.  He made the team that much better after Holland matched Carolina’s ridiculous offer.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 12/21/11 at 03:32 AM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

I know some people are still sore about the way Feds left the Wings but IMO, let bygones be bygones.

Concur

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 12/21/11 at 03:39 AM ET

hockeychic's avatar

I know some people are still sore about the way Feds left the Wings but IMO, let bygones be bygones.  He made the team that much better after Holland matched Carolina’s ridiculous offer.

Yes!  I still miss him.  He was magic on the ice.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 12/21/11 at 01:48 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Many of us started there years ago but followed Godfather Paul Kukla to this Korner and A2Y founder Master Chief Houlihan to this masterpiece of a Red Wing blog.

Posted by RWBill from the customary position atop the western conference on 12/20/11 at 11:36 PM ET

And others of us followed Malik over here and then discovered the rest.

However you get here, it’s the best place to be.

cool smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 12/21/11 at 04:26 PM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com