Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 04/23/12 at 01:11 AM ET
First, what do I mean by “like we lost”? Good question. Here’s what I mean: in the first round, to a team that has less talent but more heart, in a way that made more than a few of us wonder whether or not this team really cares all that much about winning in the first place.
Ugly. Like 1am ugly. Ugly first round playoff losses to Nashville (or Edmonton…we’ll get to that in a second) can often lead to organizational finger pointing. We haven’t reached that point yet, but it’s-a-comin’.
“We have tons of money and if we can use our cap space to get high-end free agents, we have a shot to get right back on top,” Babcock said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, two days after Nashville eliminated Detroit. “If we’re fortunate in free agency, we won’t have to look at going in another direction.
“The standard here has always been to chase the Stanley Cup, so as a coach, I’m hoping the free-agent market helps us continue to have those goals.”
In other words, Kenny? Get me the players and I’ll coach the players. Get me scorers and I’ll put them in positions to score. Do your fuching job and I’ll do mine. That’s what our Uncle Mike is saying right there. And why?
Because of this.
“I think our team played hard, but the playoffs are a new season. We led the league in 5-on-5 scoring and our special teams weren’t as good in the regular season. In the series, our special teams won 4-2 and we couldn’t score 5-on-5.”
The Predators outscored the Wings 11-4 in 5-on-5 play.
“Sometimes you’ve got to win 2-1,” Holland said. “We kept giving up three. We felt if we could keep the special teams close we had a chance because of our five-on-five play. If you look back on the series, the turning point was the two games at home. If you can’t win a home game, you’re not going to win a series.”
In other words, Mike? I stacked your team and even though we had some injuries you’re supposed to be the best coach in hockey, Mr. Canada. Lead this team. Coach this team. Take them further than the second round. Do your fuching job and I’ll do mine.
Tick Tock’s words came in a telephone interview with half the world on Saturday. Uncle Mike’s quote came from a telephone interview on Sunday. I’m thinking the two guys who should be spending some quality Don Draper/Roger Sterling time together are talking way too much to a lot of people who don’t have their best interests at heart. In other words, STFU to the media, get your heads together and start planning an all-out assault on the fortified camps of the Parise and Suter armies.
Last time we faced a disgusting pale of dog shit like this? 2006 after the punch in the face at the hands of Edmonton and snaggle-toothed Dwayne Roloson. Remember what followed that? The Summer of Ken. Remember how that summer turned out? Not all that frigging great. At a time when we had cash to spend and a greater need than any summer in recent history? Ken Holland did a whole lot of jack squat. If you need a reminder of that, click here.
We don’t want to hear a thing about being outbid, outthought, outstrategized, outdrank, outanything. Nada. None of it. You got money. Spend the money. Bring us The Pair and do it on 1 July.
Tick Tock and Uncle Mike. Nobody’s getting fired. Live with each other and deal with this problem.
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