Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 07/02/12 at 09:13 AM ET
I slept well. Thank you for asking me. And I woke up content. Well, not content…but I did wake up optimistic. Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) ripped us pretty good yesterday. He said we were spoiled, that Kenny Holland deserves the “benefit of the doubt”, that we should give him the credit he deserves for ‘08, for simply getting to Game 7 in ‘09 and even for making offers to Suter and Parise. In turn, I called him an elitist MSM and Ken Holland’s BFF, which I think is frowned upon in both GM and reporter circles.
Cotsonika may have been right. We (I) may have been tough on Holland yesterday, especially when you consider how much work remains today and the rest of the summer.
I just don’t like the mainstream media shaking their heads at us and scolding fans for having opinions. You’re not the boss of me, Nick.
And, don’t forget, Cotsonika covered the Wings as a Digger for the Freep from ‘99 to ‘05. He knows “spoiled” Wing fans when he sees them, eh? Well, that’s nice. I know a thing or two about Diggers and how hard they pushed back when Scott Bowman had the reigns in Hockeytown. In other words, not at all. That whole “protect the organization” stance is ingrained in the Wing beat writers and, obviously, Cotsonika hasn’t lost that instinct.
So, tell me I’m spoiled and chide me for not giving Holland his precious “benefit”, but do it from a bar stool and not your vaunted Yahoo ivory tower but only in 140 characters or less.
As fired up as I still am about a journalist reprimanding me for having an opinion, I’ve softened a bit on Tootoo. And before we get into this, no…my criticism of this deal has nothing to do with the guy’s personal life. It has everything to do with how he’s conducted himself on the ice, against the Wings, and it probably has a lot more to do with those pathetic whistles.
But those won’t be a problem in Detroit, will they? No, I don’t think so.
Tootoo will not score. He will run people. He’ll “hunt” as our Uncle Mike likes to say. We like that too. He can hunt with Helm. He’ll make people nervous, us included. If he’s not dealt, and I don’t think he will be, I think we might be looking at a player who becomes very popular very soon. I do trust Ken Holland and my Uncle Mike on this one. I do not like Jordin Tootoo. Not one bit, but I can get there. Plus—and this according to some well-crafted commentary at Dirk Hoag’s blog—he signed for less than what Nashville offered him to stay there. That’s just funny.
Bubba’s getting seriously angsty. Tootoo to the Wings. Suter? All twenty fans will completely melt down if we get both.
The number being thrown out there for Suter is 90 million over 12. George talked about it late last night and you’ve already read it so I’m not going to the effort to cut and paste. Here’s what I’ll tell you…I don’t care. It’s Monopoly money at this point. If it gets us Suter, the smart kids will do what they have to in order to get us under the Cap in time to start the season whenever it is that Little Gary lets us have a season.
And I reacted to the reports yesterday that Parise is a lock to the Pens. Maybe he is, but I’m not as convinced this morning. Yesterday I was positive he’d be right next to Rosby for the next ten. I still believe that’s likely, but I have a glimmer of hope he could end up here or anywhere but Pittsburgh. I’m curious about this: how excited is Parise about playing with the Pens when/if their “captain” goes down hard (again) and he’s left with the task of stroking Malkin’s ego, constantly reminding the malcontent that he’s the guy and that Parise’s just happy to be next to the guy who’s the guy whenever the real guy is hurt.
Ken Holland’s done some strange things the last two weeks. Brunner, all these excess parts, the public declaration for Schultz. All coinciding with a real need for improvement and a real opportunity to make it big-time in Suter and Parise. I’m not sold on giving him Cotsonika’s precious “benefit” but I’m starting to get a feeling there are plans in place that I’ll never be smart enough to understand. Somebody’s being sneaky and I absolutely dig that.
Today’s the day, Kenny. Make me feel dirty for doubting you.
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