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So…I Was Wrong?

Update 2205: Maltby just scored and the Wings return to their rightful place atop the Central. Put your teeth in and eat it Bubba. Obligatory bad injury news: Filpulla left with a "lower body injury." Alright. I'm guessing a few of you are going to be commenting tomorrow that I should be taking back a few of the less than savory things I've said about one Jiri Hudler. The young man is proving his mettle (and I'm certain I'm jinxing us all right now as I write this with 12 minutes left). But dammit if the kid didn't just score his fourth in 3 games and 3rd in the last two nights.

Since I’m listening, not watching, I have some time on my hands and I’ll just go ahead and give you some ammo.

Really blasting him on December 15th, because I know hockey so well that I should be GM, not Ken Holland.

In 24 games, the kid has 4 points (all goals).  Even on the Wings, that is just pathetically low.  He’s averaging 9:19/game, but hasn’t played close to that amount since November 27th. He hasn’t registered a point in 9 games, and has only 4 shots over that period of time.  He brings nothing to the table defensively, which is an improvement over brief stints in recent years. 

It’s time to let him go and take the loss.  Hudler’s had his chances, too many of them in my opinion. 

What is the infatuation with this kid?  Who in the organization is so tied to him that we can’t jettison him? Is Hudler better than Rem Murray or Boyd Devereaux…two players the Wings passed on the last two training camps?  Can anyone tell me Hudler fits into the Babcock system…at all?

Proposing a Hudler for anyone, especially Forsberg trade on February 26th.

Who would the Wings offer to compete or at least get in the conversation?  Picks? Whatever.  Send ‘em.  Prospects? Who?  Howard? Ummm, Howard?  Our stable’s not bare, but there’s no Bobby Ryan down there.  Off the roster, Hudler?  Flippula?  I’ll buy Hudler the ticket.

Whining after a personal attack from many of you on February 26th

I’m still recovering from being compared to Jiri Hudler yesterday, so my head is kind of reeling.

But I started to “get it” on March 3rd.

As much as I’ve ragged Hudler, called for his trade, his benching, suspension of pacifier priveleges and whatever else I could think of, he’s proven that given the right amount of minutes he’s a capable young man.

And by the time I finished that, the Wings had won and I’ve already ordered my #26 jersey.  Because that, my friends, is how I roll.


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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