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You Don’t Deal With The Devil

And that’s exactly what the St. Louis organization is thinking.  Trading “within the division” is a minor consideration where the Wings are concerned.  The levels of hatred, bitterness and jealousy in that town, directed toward Detroit, is so pervasive that we should all be ridiculed for thinking for one second that Holland has a shot at Guerin, or that Tkachuk was a serious possibility.

Bill Guerin is not coming to Detroit, and we all know why.  The only thing more consistent in St. Louis than playoff failure is their ongoing hatred of Hockeytown.  Have you ever seen a fanbase hate the Wings like the Blues’ does?  I mean, these are generally knowledgable hockey fans who lose their frigging minds when the subject of Detroit comes up.

John Davidson has to see that, and realize he’d be strung up if he sent Guerin to Hockeytown…no matter the deal he gets in return.  Blues fans would immediately consider any deal one sided in our favor, because they’ve grown so used to being violated by the Wings.  Playoffs, regular season, whatever.  Blues fans are the bitter short men of NHL fans. 

My prediction remains Todd Bertuzzi, maybe with a dash of Smolinski thrown in.  I know Bertuzzi won’t play until after the deadline but Holland’s not getting Guerin and already lost out on Tkachuk and Bubba Swede.  By the way, letting JP Dumont dance his way to Nashville and now allowing Bubba to land Floppa immediately qualifies Holland as David Poile’s punching bag of a little brother, or his bitch; depending on your sensitivities.

Gary Roberts is a waste of time and space at this stage of his career.  Spector mentions Owen Nolan as a possibility and the idea doesn’t offend me, but he wouldn’t have the impact of a Guerin.

But Guerin’s a non-factor folks.  JD’s operating under an “anyone but the Wings” mandate.

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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