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Williams Skates; Kronwall Sits

We'll get to Jason Williams' status in a minute. Niklas Kronwall, as you may recall, didn't play a 3rd period-shift Friday against Bubba. Apparently, a wonky groin tabled him as a precaution. Well, it may be a bit more serious than we originally thought. Because, depending on who you read, he's out for Tuesday's game against Vancouver. Khan(!)/MLive Weblog
Also, defenseman Niklas Kronwall's groin injury is a little more serious than originally thought. He won't play Tuesday against the Canucks.
Danny Knobler/ MLive
Babcock said he would wait until today's practice in Vancouver to assess Kronwall's status for Tuesday night.
Joanne Gerstner/Detroit News
Niklas Kronwall (strained groin) did not practice Sunday. Babcock said he would be re-evaluated during today's practice in Vancouver to see if he was ready to play Tuesday against the Canucks.
Erin Chan/Detroit Free Press
Because for the first time in 20 years, WrestleMania is coming back to metro Detroit. Tickets officially go on sale Saturday.

My gut tells me to go with Khan(!)‘s assessment because he’s the Deep Digger captain.  Of course it would have been nifty to see two reporters from the same organization (Khan and Knobler) on the same page. Bottom line: the injury-prone Kronwall is most likely on the shelf indefinitely.

Speaking of Khan and Knobler; anyone notice our boy Ansar covered the Tigers pretty heavily during their playoff run?  Knobler, as you may know, is the Booth Tiger beat writer.  Understandable that they’d pull another writer to help blanket that story, but unusual that Knobler’s on the Wing beat now along with Khan. 

Back to Williams.  He’s skating, has a 30-inch scar on his forehead that scares the neighborhood kids and hopes to be back soon…perhaps in time for the Saturday rematch in Edmonton.  He spoke to the media yesterday for the first time since the incident.  Williams said an apology from Torres wasn’t necessary, but…


“It’s not the playoffs,’’ Williams said. “He just tried to come down and finish his check. But when I see someone with his head down, I might let up. He was trying to finish his check, so I can’t blame him, and I’m not expecting an apology.’‘

If not an apology, though, how about a show of concern?

“If a guy is injured and goes to the hospital, sometimes someone will get hold of them,’’ Williams said. “But it was a clean hit. I’m not expecting an apology.’‘

Before we get too deep into this, I’m saying right now that a lack of apology is not something I’m going to dwell on.  Oh, this is going to generate some angst among the message boarders.  Torches will be lit and cries of outrage will be bellowed.  The puck bunnies will be in an uproar over Torres not making the effort to reach out to Williams.  Whatever.  It’s hockey.  Torres hit Jason Williams. He hit him hard.  Williams was hurt and now he’s getting better.  If Torres feels the need to apologize, maybe he’ll do it in person when the Wings get to Edmonton.  Or…maybe he won’t.

Everyone’s saying the right things.  Williams insists the hit was clean. Mike Babcock concurs.  No Wing has said anything to the contrary.

Well, except for Chris Chelios, who told WDFN last week that “it’s not over yet.”  So, we’ll see. If the Wings really feel the hit was hard but clean, their reaction on Saturday will either confirm that or it should be clear what the feelings in the room really are.

As for what Williams remembers about the hit?

George Sipple/Detroit Free Press

“I didn’t really expect it, and I think that’s why I got basically knocked out because of that,” Williams said. “When you don’t see the hits coming, it takes a toll on you. When you see the hit coming, you have time to brace yourself and at that time I was just trying to wrap it around, trying to score a goal, and I didn’t really see him coming.”

Saturday night in Edmonton. Hockey Night in Canada.  No apologies required, none given.  Chelios says it’s not over. I kinda think he’s right.


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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