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Reading Between The Lines Of A Snooze-Fest

I didn’t see a single thing that impressed me.  Through 61 minutes I didn’t see one hit, one shot, one save or one shift that made me sit up and take notice.  My memory of the game is blank and that’s only natural because I didn’t watch the frigging thing.  I do have impressions though, and I’d like to share them with you so that we can—as a community—discuss them at length.  We established that norm when we started this blog in 1977 and I’d like to kind of keep it going this morning.

Let’s start with the scoresheet.  When I opened it this morning the first thing I looked for was Grigorenko, because that’s what my life consists of now: tracking Igor Grigorenko.  I can’t remember where I’m supposed to be with this kid.  I’ve predicted a Calder, a demotion, a return to Russia and then yesterday called him a fat-ass with no work ethic only to be reminded he has zero body fat.  I guess that makes him a fit young man with no work ethic.

And no playing time.

“The biggest story of camp” played 10:13 last night, 12 shifts.  I even read somewhere none of those shifts occurred in the third period.  Can anyone who actually watched the third confirm that?  If true, that makes no sense. (just checked: two shifts in the third)  I have to wonder what the organ-I-zation’s mindset is.  Is his conditioning so poor that more time on specialty teams (40 total seconds on the PP, :02 shorthanded) would affect his health?  If not, why so little ice time?  If his body can handle it, I’d think he’d see more ice time than anyone to help with the decision to send him down, or back to Russia, or keep him.  Yes, he’s underperforming.  But is he being put in the best possible position to earn a spot? 

Oh, and Aaron Downey got six minutes last night.  Six minutes in an exhibition game.  Ryan Oulahen and Mark Cullen each doubled that (and each played more than Grigorenko also). 

Pavel Datsyuk had five takeaways last night, because he’s “one dimensional”.  Didn’t I read that here recently?  Yeah, I’m pretty sure I did.  There were six other games last night and guess how many players came within 3 of his total?  None.  Yeah. One dimensional.

No official giveaways for Brent Sopel last night.  Nifty.

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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