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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

But, allegedly and according to Mick, providence somehow assists in providing what your spiritual advisors determine to be your greatest need.

Interesting.

Because I’d say we have the whole “wants” thing covered.  Now? Well, now it’s up to Tick Tock to determine the “needs”.

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Khan(!) Makes A Bid To Maintain Deep Digger Captaincy

It’s this kind of reporting that keeps Ansar ahead of his peers.

A couple of readers pointed out that the boy on stage next to Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom last night at the Awards Show had on a jersey that read “LINDSTROM.’’ Each award winner was accompanied on stage by a kid wearing his jersey. What was that Henrik Zetterberg was saying about Lidstrom not getting enough credit in Sweden?

A “couple of readers” pointed it out.  Odd.  A “couple of readers” here saw it the minute it happened.  Did you, you know, watch the awards Ansar?

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Late To The Party: Hank Named TSN Player Of The Year

I’m late, not Hank.  I’m sure you’ve all read this over on the varsity page (like Malik, AlanaH is a posting machine), but somebody seems to think Zetterberg’s pretty good.

The inaugural TSN NHL Player of the Year featured a showdown between playoff co-scoring leader and MVP, Zetterberg, and regular season scoring leader and MVP, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  Zetterberg prevailed with 97 points including 13 first-place votes, while Ovechkin was runner up with 81 points and 12 first-place nods.  Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom finished third with 38 points including three first-place votes.

More from TSN.

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The Legend? It Lives On From The Chippewa On Down.  In Its Honor?  An NHL Awards Show Live Blog

I’ll be editing this as we move along.

Gordie Howe, Lifetime Achievement Award?  Could it have gone to anyone else?

Lidstrom, Norris?  Check. Legendary.  2nd Best Ever?  Maybe.  Maybe Better.

Datsyuk, Selke? Check.  “Long speech, but English is little.”

Zetterberg, Selke? Denied, but with a big old consolation trophy.

Datsyuk, Byng? Check. There was no doubt.

Chelios, Masterson? Denied, but with a Cup, and still with a job…allegedly.

Uncle Mike Babcock, Adams?  Denied, but there is no doubt, none, who the best coach in the NHL is.

It’s a dynastic Live Blog.

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Train Delay

I didn’t see the hit on Kopecky, and I didn’t see Downey’s antics, and I didn’t see Rafalski’s body slam of a guy who outweighs him by thirty pounds.  No, I wasn’t passed out.  Damn you all for thinking that.

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“That Is One Crazy Motherf…”

Updated 1051 EST: Just for fun, read through the list of comments at Russo’s Rant’s blog from last night.  Amazing how the tone changed over the course of three hours.  Includes a good comment from Matt Saler from OtW.

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I put that in quotes because I guarantee those were the exact words shouted, whispered in awe or uttered from father to son accompanied by a hearty back slap last night at 2153 EST. 

And it’s true.  With a shutout just moments away and the memory of watching Chris Osgood start seven consecutive games still very fresh in his cluttered mind, our Czech Miracle of Insanity returned to his sociopathic self and gave us a wakeup call.  I’m almost shocked he didn’t point at the cameras after his takedown of Gaborik and say…

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Hold On St. James. You Wait One Damn Minute.

Ground rules. Obviously…we need some.  Or at least we need a reminder of them.  Let me quote from my soon-to-be-released manifesto, “The Difference Between The Diggers and the Wing Bloggers”.

Chapter 19
“Red Wing beat writers must avoid any attempt at humor.  It doesn’t suit them and it embarrasses us all.  If the humor is unintentional and reflects their role as propaganda artists for the organ-I-zation, that’s fine. But an outright attempt to be funny?  Absolutely prohibited.”

Someone didn’t get the advanced copy.

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Mirtle On The Selke

James Mirtle has some telling stats regarding Selke candidates.  Naturally, I wouldn’t be mentioning it if Zetterberg wasn’t rightfully at the top of his statistical breakdown.  I would like to, however, point out this from a reader in the comment section.

Even if Brind’Amour is not yet a Selke Trophy candidate, I would rather have him on my team than every player on this list. Yes, I am including Zetterberg.

I’m sure you all agree with that.

 

 

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Pain in HD

Yes.  The Wing/Lightning (tilt, matchup) game (scrum, bonanza, faceoff, match, tete a tete) tonite is on HDNet.  Damn, now that’s some good news.  I can’t imagine being able to watch Derek Meetch on a wing in anything other than high definition.  And of course you know why Uncle Mike’s considering putting Meech on the wing, because Kris Draper’s out with a knee.  And Kirk Maltby’ s most likely out with a shoulder.  And Matt Ellis is out with, yeah, a head.

Here’s my stance on Wing injuries:  anyone but Zetterberg and Lidstrom.  I, like you, lull myself into some idiotic rationalization regarding ailments.  “As long as it’s not…”, or an even better one, “good thing he got hurt in November and not March.”  I want to punch myself in the temple every time I catch myself thinking that, as if an injury in the first quarter of the season fulfills a quota that would prevent bad things in April.  Godddd…idiot. 

Oh…you’re above that? Okaayyyy.  Lying liar.

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Proof Positive

Stu Nahan, in the second round of the second Balboa/Creed fight, said, “...and I thought Balboa took a beating the first time these two fought but this is a butchering.  That’s what it is, plain old butchering.” Rocky, of course, eventually wore the Master of Disaster down, waited until the 13th to break a few more of his ribs, then miraculously rose to his feet as the Spectrum crowd sobbed in joy.  It was, as Rocky would tell you, the greatest moment of his life—with the exception of his kid being born.

Last night was, as Stu would tell you, a butchering from start to finish.  Every facet. Every shift. San Jose can go 65 and 5 the rest of the way, but they’re not beating Detroit in a playoff series.  Not after last May and not after last night.

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Name That Line

Yes, we’re going to make it official.  Name the Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Homer line.  Send in your suggestions and we’ll vote and happiness will ensue, as usual.  What do you get?  Why does it always have to be about “getting something”?  You get the warmth that accompanies seeing your brilliance used again and again within the cozy confines of A2Y.

So you get jack squat.

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One Liners: Minor, Major, Does It Matter?

Kris Draper’s a frigging rebel.  On a night when the boxscore could have made an emphatic statement, he had to go and throw a shorty in there. If not for his unassisted goal in the second the entire scoresheet would have been dominated by the to this point unnamed Zetterberg, Homer and Datsyuk line.

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Saturday Issues

First a few congratulations are in order.  Gramps is back.  Grampa Pinhead, who has served as the A2Y logic czar since our inception a few years ago, has brought back his own blog: HockeytownTodd.  If you’re familiar with Gramps’ comments at our site, you know he’s traditional, cranky and caustic.  Great reading and always a source for stats you won’t find anywhere else.

Secondly, Behind The Jersey has been selected hockey’s tenth best blog by Sports Business Daily.  Visit BTJ to see which other hockey bloggers made the cut.  I’ll let you know when Cracked comes out with their rankings. I’m sure I’ll be in there somewhere.

Oh, and back to Gramps for a second…

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And We All Stayed Home

It won’t be just a local story this time.  Nope.  The Wing win last night, as fun as it was to see, will be secondary to the echo chamber they played in.  As Mike Emrich and Ed Olczyk did their pre-game deal on camera, the results of Red Wing apathy jumped out at us on Versus.  A thousand empty seats just minutes before faceoff.

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So prepare yourselves because that’s going to be the story today.  When Detroit can’t fill the Joe on opening night against a team that barely beat us in the conference final…well, just stand by.

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Wednesday With The Diggers: Zetterberg In/Rafalski Out

A quick spin through the diggers.  Ted Kulfan says Hank Zetterberg was on the ice today for the public practice in Grand Rapids, showing no signs of back ache, groin pain or general discomfort.  Those are, of course, the ailments three different beat writers attributed to Zetterberg’s absence from yesterday’s scrimmage in TC.

So Kulfan’s all over that one but he likes to share the wealth.  Decided to skip this little tidbit brought to you by Khan(!).

Brian Rafalski said he sustained a hip flexor and left early. He said he’s not sure if he’ll be able to play in Thursday’s home exhibition opener vs. Minnesota.

 

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Ready To Hurl?

Updated 0706 ESTThree diggers, three different reasons as to why Zetterberg sat out last night in TC.  Helene St. James.

Zetterberg didn’t play in either game, but assistant general manager Jim Nill said it was just due to general soreness and not the back problems that hampered Zetterberg last season.

Updated 0649 ESTAnd away we go.  Kulfan says it was a precautionary move to keep Zetterberg out of yesterday’s scrimmage. Protecting his back and all that.  Khan(!)?  A different story.

Injury updates: Henrik Zetterberg was a late scratch from Tuesday’s four-on-four scrimmage at Centre I.C.E. Arena due to a sore groin. It’s precautionary, nothing significant, the team said.

My bet is that Kulfan saw Zetterberg was sitting out, asked why and got “precautionary” as a response.  Maintaining the standard, he didn’t follow up.  Khan(!) probably did.

Funny how two adjacent paragraphs can prompt two completely different physical reactions.

Center Valtteri Filppula (groin), winger Dan Cleary (hamstring) and winger Henrik Zetterberg (back) sat out the scrimmage at Centre ICE Arena.

And…

Assistant GM Jim Nill said Zetterberg, who missed the second half of last season with back problems, was rested simply because the Wings have eight exhibition games in the next 10 days.

“We don’t want to take any chances,” Nill said.

More from Kulfan on last night’s 6-1 win over Minnesota.

Let’s recap: 
Kulfan: Precautionary, back
Khan(!): Precautionary, groin
St. James: “General soreness”

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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.

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Mirtle: Wings Will Win 75 Games

Oh alright. No, he didn’t actually say that.  But James Mirtle, writing for AOL’s Fan House, agrees with all other smart people in saying it would take some sort of wacked-out science fiction scenario to keep the Central crown out of Hockeytown.

Detroit may remain an old team by NHL standards, but that’s not going to stop them from winning a seventh consecutive Central Division title. Given the league’s ridiculously unbalanced schedule, one that will see the Red Wings face Chicago/Columbus/Nashville/St. Louis 32 times this season, it’s going to be relatively easy pickings as long as Hasek remains healthy.

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Sunday Odds and Ends

It’s been nearly two years since we came up with the blog title, “Abel to Yzerman.”  For most of you, the significance of that has been pretty clear.  “Abel” refers to Wing legend Sid Abel.  “Yzerman” is our tribute to a little-known role player who somehow eeked his way onto the Detroit roster for 23 consecutive seasons. 

Why do I bring that up? 

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News From TC: Little Wings

As part of the site’s re-design, I canvassed the 9 A2Y regulars.  I emailed each one claiming I was the widow of a deposed Liberian dictator and that I had millions to place in their bank accounts for safe keeping until I could retrieve it.  Naturally, each regular responded quickly with their account information.  I plan to embezzle twenty dollars from each and send the money directly to Dwayne Klessel so that I can have access to only the hottest rumors.

I also listened to them when they said they wanted more info on Wing prospects, that fans in Hockeytown are hungry for news from TC.  Actually, I haven’t canvassed anyone, no one’s said a word to me about more news on the prospects and that number is really 8, not 9.

Regardless, the kids hit Center I.C.E last night.

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Game 1 To Wings

I know. This is Bubba's year. It's his division. This is finally the season he waddles to the top of it and stays there for decades, establishing the dynasty in America's Mid South that we knew was coming down the pike. It's got to be frustrating for Barry Trotz, the Nashville faithful and the 6 Pred fans outside the Nashville area. Just when the geniuses were certain the Wings were ready to fade into mediocrity, they do the unlikely. I'm not talking about winning one game, or even 8. What we may be seeing is a philosophical transformation. First, the game...more deep ruminations (sorry Bubba..."thoughts") later. Andres Lilja and Brad Norton scratched. Lilja may never see the ice again in Detroit. I'm serious. Well, not completely serious. But considering the type of defense the Wings are playing, I can't imagine Mike Babcock is too willing to make even the slightest blue line change unless he has to (which he might...see below).

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