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Sunday Questions

Just a few thoughts running through my little mind today.  Questions I demand you consider as you finish your weekend.  Ready?  Great.

Does Little Gary have any clue about the opportunity dropped in his lap?  The other “big three” sports are all mired in controversy and the NHL, if marketed, could come out smelling like a pretty little rose. A rose perched on the sill of your kitchen.  Yes, surrounded by empty beer bottles and crusted mac and cheese bowls, but a rose nonetheless.

Baseball’s lead story:  the dirtbag that is Barry Bonds.  Football:  the absolute dirtbag that is Michael Vick.  Basketball: a gambling controversy that’s going to spread to every corner of that league of thugs.

So Gary?  What to do…what to do.  You’ll never recover from the hole you dug.  Football, basketball and baseball are all so entrenched in American culture that you’ll never be able to climb back in, but at the very least your crackerjack PR team could take some steps to push the quality humans that make up your league.  The networks actually enjoy the controversies surrounding the other sports, so don’t think for a second that you’ll be able to score a tv deal.  Nope, we’re stuck with the hand you accepted on that front.  But now’s the time to reach the parents.  Show them that hockey players don’t inject horse steroids (for the most part), they don’t electrocute dogs and our refs may suck but at least they don’t bet on games they blow out of incompetence. 

Pass the word to the parents, Little Gary.  Get the word out to the potential ticket buyers and fence sitters.  Push the humanity of hockey and use the scum that populate some of the other sports as examples of what the NHL isn’t.  Are there bad people in hockey?  Sure.  The same percentage as you’ll find in the NBA?  Please.

A few other questions for you.

How good is Valterri Filppula?  This good:  25 goals this year. Guaranteed.  And he’s probably the reason our Wunderkind hasn’t blown his wad on a UFA this summer.  That five mil’s going to be looking real good at trade deadline time, or even earlier.  Filppula’s what they’re counting on.  Hudler would be a bonus, so would more than fifteen goals out of Kopecky. 

Anyone other than me think that a healthy, sane and friction-less second season out of our Miracle of Czech Insanity may be too much to ask?  I see trouble on the Hasek horizon. 

Why isn’t Barry Smith a head coach in the NHL?  Dave Lewis was not Scott Bowman’s choice to lead the Wings in 2003.  Barry Smith was.  Why hasn’t Bowman’s confidence in him carried over to a job?  For that matter, why was Igor Larionov’s name mentioned as the potential coach in TO if Bowman defected?  Why not Smith’s?  I don’t get it.

Think the Wings are interested in Michael Peca?  Me either.  For the first time I can remember, I think the organ-I-zation is saying this: “We’re gritty enough.”  Peca?  No.  Jeff O’Neill?  Yep.

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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