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Stealing From My Friends

I’ve decided I don’t like the term “blogosphere” anymore.  Kind of like “Michigander” or “diet”.  Not real fond of those two either.  So, this will be the last time you see it at A2Y.  Henceforth and thusly, any time I present to you a conglomeration of views in one sloppy post I will title it “Stealing From My Friends”. 

I sense that you are apprehensive.  Apprehensive like a transvestite Dive fan caught in Raleigh at 0130 on a Tuesday?  No, but understandably wary.  Me too.  Here we go.

First stop: Sunny Phoenix and Casonblog.  Cason and I share many of the same views.  I’m not sure of his feelings regarding eating blocks of cheddar and watching 6 straight DVR’d re-runs of The Office on a Saturday afternoon rather than building a gazebo out back as instructed, but I know we feel the same about this.

So my kids jump outta the rack today eager to wear their finest red, white and blue to elementary school. My wife, a school teacher, fusses at my son for dumping his sweaty PE clothes in the dryer to “freshen them up.” Her red t-shirt was in the dryer. It’s 9/11 remembrance day in the schools.

So my wife gets to school and her teaching partner isn’t wearing R-W-B. She casually asks if her partner forgot during her morning rush to get her kids and herself to school. The response? “I don’t recognize 9/11. Our government brought down the towers.”

Serenity now. Serenity now. 

If you haven’t see Scott Burnside’s column from yesterday, go ahead and glance at it.  Christy Hammond addresses the questions he has regarding the Wings.

The Dominator may be crazy, but he’s a competitor and it seems he finally find a method of properly warming up/cooling down that is better on his groin. Plus, it sounds like this will be his last season so that’s always incentive for him to play well.

As much as I like Kronwall, I have a hard time believing he can stay healthy for an entire season. If he can, I think we could really see some improvement in play for Kronner especially if he sees an increase in playing time with Mathieu Schneider gone.

My thoughts? Thank you for asking.  Chris Osgood’s going to get a load of ice time this year.  If he stays healthy, I see him in at least 35 games.  Hopefully 32of those will be against The Division That Gary Built. 

We came to appreciate the talents of Earl Sleek last Spring as his Poultry cheated their way past the rightful champions.  Today I point you to his ode to Niedermayer logic.

Dear Scott: I for one would like to say that I completely support your inability to make up your mind. Sure, retirement would have meant you could relax away from hockey, but not deciding, now there’s a stroke of brilliance!

Not only do you avoid pesky hockey duties like training camp and flying to London and back, but you also get to steer clear of any PTAs or HOAs or any other serious household responsibilities. After all, how could you commit to anything long-term? You’ve still gotta remain available for hockey, just in case you stumble on some motivation or conscience, right?

One lazy guy to another, I salute you, soldier. You’ve played enough games hurt that I can allow some missed games healthy. Enjoy your break.

Yes, enjoy it so much that it lasts until, I don’t know, October 4th?

Matt Saler has what could be the definitive word on Igor Grigorenko.  Despite the rhetoric and predictions from yours truly and the expectations of a fan base that has waited years for his arrival in Detroit, it may all boil down to this.

While I’d love to have a Calder Trophy candidate Grigorenko on the team, I have no interest in seeing the Wings give a roster spot to a player who isn’t going to give his all when there’s a guy like Matt Ellis ready to step in. If Igor has a great main camp, the question becomes murkier, but he still should probably see some AHL time. He’s no Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk, after all. If that’s not okay with him, good riddance.

Finally this morning, don’t forget to vote.  5.76 days remain.


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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

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