Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 02/28/07 at 04:32 PM ET
A day later and I have a few impressions. They're mild and I certainly don't mean to ruffle feathers, because that's not who I am. So here we go. Are you disappointed that the Wings have acquired a man who blindsided another player from behind with a sucker punch that essentially broke his neck? You are? Not me.
Nope. I like it. I like his fire, if he still has it. I like his violent tendencies, if he’ll still succomb to them. I like his temper, if he’ll use it. I like that he’s battled and bruised Chris Chelios. Chelios despised him, but for all the right reasons.
Does that make sense? Do I ever? Of course it does. Chelios hates Kariya because little Paulie’s a fairie on skates who dives and whines. He hated Bertuzzi the way Ali hated Foreman…respectfully.
I like this move for another reason and I’m not afraid to say it: the few Avs fans left in Denver despise Bertuzzi. In that regard, this move is better than making them choke on the vomitous thought of Floppa in the Wheel. How many games do we have left in Colorado? Damn. None. How great would it be to watch that? Ah well, maybe we’ll see them in the playoffs.
Woops…probably not. 10th seed today. What a shame.
I like the fact that the Wings have dealt for the player Denver hates. Do I condone what he did? No. But, I “forgave” him long before yesterday, and I’ve said so here many times. Am I happy that fringe player and near-goon Steve Moore had his career and life changed by the hit? No.
But does it bother me to see the player who assaulted him on the Wings? Just the opposite. I like it, and I’m betting there are more than a few of you who see the beauty in it.
If I were a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, and I actually knew where the Wings played their home games, would I be writing this? No. I’d be fired for my lack of sensitivity. None of the radio hacks will say it either.
But I can, and I will. I’ll defend it if I have to but I’m not changing my stance: I love this deal because it’s another way to stick it to Denver. If any Dique fans take issue with that, feel free to cc: Kris Draper with your responses.
Oh, and while Denver moans about our newest Wing they can take solace in the fact that their organization’s big deadline day move was bringing back the offensively gifted Scott Parker.
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