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Send ‘Em To Sweden, Just Leave Manny Behind

So, Khan(!) is telling us the Wings are considering opening next season in Sweden.  He also says the opponent may be, drum roll, the Blues.

Ooh.  Grab them ratings Gary.  Grab ‘em.

Now. Before we start slinging arrows, let’s consider the benefits.

Nah, let’s rip him to shreds first.  The Blues? Seriously?  The 5th worst team in the league? Why are they even being considered?  Oh, JD’s got the answer, eh?

Davidson was the one who inquired about the possibility of the Blues opening the season in Europe.

“We just wanted to give the sense, ‘Don’t forget about the St. Louis Blues,’ ” Davidson said.

Don’t forget about the Blues?  Are you kidding me?  Note to Gary:  you should really consider “forgetting about the Blues.”

Let me ask a question.  You’re considering a couple teams to showcase in Europe.  Sweden, even. Wings? Yes sir. Makes sense.  Even those of us who feel the organ-I-zation is getting bent over by opening there? We understand that for ratings’ sake, etc, etc….Detroit has to be considered?

But the Blues? Really? 

Just the idea is so stupid that it’s maddening.  Is Tkachuk still going to be on the team?  Kariya? Legace?  Will they win 20 games this year?  Gary?  Why are you considering one of the worst teams in the league to take to Europe?  Gary?

If the Wings are going to play there—and I believe they should—let ‘em have San Jose.  Let the Wings have Montreal or Toronto, an O-6 revival.  Let the Wings have the Caps. Aha..how about that?  Let Europe see Ovechkin AND the Swedish Wings.  Too. Much. Sense.

Nope. You go Gary. Give ‘em the Blues.

Jesus.

Now. Why is this good for the Wings?  Why not? You’re scared of the hangover?  Hell.  We’re in the midst of a huge one right now and they’re still winning and winning often.  Oh, but what about Anaheim last year?  Screw Anaheim. They didn’t have the leadership to overcome the two quitters.  The overseas trip had nothing to do with it.

Homer and Nick and Zetterberg.  Franzen and Kronwall and even Sammy? They’ve earned a trip to Sweden to play for their adopted team in front of their country.  No matter the imagined pitfalls, it’s a good move by the team.

Just not against the Blues.

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