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Little Gary’s Wet Dream:  No Wings In ASG

The happy clowns are racing to Gary’s HQ.  The fire trucks are warmed up, helium tanks are on ready-standby and re-runs of Blossom are showing on every monitor in the NHL’s front office. All the special things that make Little Gary Bettman’s life a happy one are converging on this wonderful day.

Capped off by this news:  there will be zero representation from the Detroit Red Wings in Montreal. 

Datsyuk? Hurt last night. Hip flexor.  Lidstrom?  Well, now we’re talking a few new frames for our Deep Diggers’ highlight reel.

Apparently, he’s out.  Apparently, Stephane Robidas is in and has known he’s in for some time.

The NHL hasn’t officially announced it yet, but Stephane Robidas said he was told by GM Les Jackson that he had been invited as a fill-in.

Not sure who might be hurt or what, but it appears Robidas will be in Montreal Jan. 25 for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.

That was 4 days ago. 

And this today.


Marleau and Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas have been named to the Western Conference team to replace injured Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom, respectively, in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal’s Bell Centre on Sunday.

No mention from the Diggers. I’m sure they’re tracking it. Tracking it hard.  We’ll give them a few hours.  The likelihood?  Lidstrom’s getting a break.  A ficticious injury, or a minor one, something not significant enough to keep him from absolutely dominating last night..which he did.  The only Wing who didn’t suck and suck hard last night, by the way.

Bottom line:  No representation from your Stanley Cup Champsions.  Another possibility?  Hossa was probably asked to replace Datsyuk.  Rafalski, like last year, was probably asked to replace Lidstrom—-whenever that may have been, eh Ansar?  Both probably declined.  And that’s a good thing for two reasons.

It exposes Little Gary’s county fair for the joke that it is.  And it gives the Wings some much-needed time off to consider how to stop playing like garbage.  It gives every one of them a few days to consider just how pathetic you have to be to give up six goals in consecutive nights.  In front of your dads, no less. 

Ahhh, well.  Congrats to the little tyke.  Affirmation for Gary that the NHL simply doesn’t need the Detroit Red Wings.  Doesn’t need them in the Eastern Conference where they belong. Doesn’t need them in the All Star Game. Certainly the league doesn’t need the Wings as a top billing in the Winter Classic.  Hell, we don’t even need the Wings in the Finals anymore.  Were they even there last year?  The guy in the Jackatoreum doesn’t seem to think so.

Oh.  Here it comes.  Here come the catcalls, the “Wing fans are whining again”.  Yeah?  F’ing A right we are.  Don’t like it?  The Wings have carried this league for a decade.  And still…the shaft is all theirs. 

Revenue sharing? Thank the Wings.  TV contract?  Thank the Wings.  Merchandise?  Sellouts, if any? Price gouging in places like Phoenix?  Thank the Wings, bitches. 

Whatever.  Just like last year, it’ll make winning it again this June that much sweeter. 

Do we care that there are no Wings going to Montreal? Nope.  That gives me about six hours back I’d waste in front of the tv.  It’s the principle though Gary.  Look it up.

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