Abel to Yzerman
Merlin Olsen left Walnut Grove in 1981. I don't remember exactly where he went. Mankado? Everybody went to Mankado back then. East and then downriver where the fun girls frolicked with Happy Hudler in the hey days of the early 2000s? We don't know. All we know is that Jonathon Garvey left and he was replaced by the bearded, gruff, hard-drinking Isiah Edwards, played by Victor French.
It was an awkward time in Walnut Grove, and across America, as we all came to grips with change.
Will the Wings suddenly find a way to put a long winning streak together?
Will the Wings find a way to score some goals on the power play?
How about spending some time in the offensive zone?
Keep mistakes to a minimum?
Bill's in training, for what, I did not ask.
So it's me and I am turning it over to you.
We bitched about Uncle Mike a bit. Oh, we did. And we convinced ourselves his departure would be ok because the Nice Mike Babcock was right behind him, ready to cajole and cuddle our Wings to glory.
How's that turning out?
34 games left and the Wings are behind Toronto and a lot of other cities for the final Wild Card spot.
Drew Miller doesn't get waived by a contending team because Drew Miller is an accent. He's garnish and a complement on a good team. He's a niche player who happily fills a role on a fourth line and a PK. Really good teams need Drew Miller.
The Red Wings are not a well constructed or particularly well coached team, so Drew Miller was waived.
Because the Red Wings are not only poorly constructed and poorly coached, but overall less than mediocre, Drew Miller was brought back to do more than the little things.
Ken Holland did two things today. He put (or will be putting soon) Drew Miller on waivers and he gave Helene St. James permission to write a story suggesting Petr Mrazek may be trade bait.
And quite possibly an inauguration baby for The Grandpa Chief too.
That's why I am here. So let's celebrate with a win tonight.
Make it four in a row, two points anyway the Wings can get it.
Bill will keep me updated with any news, in the meantime I say Stevie or Stevi, depending on the sex of the child.
Go Wings, comment away.
update 7:59pm, Healthy baby girl. Born at the horn ending the first.
The Red Wing organ-I-zation has spoken and, by god, the Deep Diggers are listening. They're listening, nodding, sipping and writing. As directed. In the midst of an epic two-game winning streak, we've got ourselves a contender.
Last week, the Red Wings were a team considered to be on the verge of collapse, destined for an early offseason.
Tuesday, after having defeated Pittsburgh and Montreal, fans were thinking about the playoffs again.
That's Teddy Kulfan, defacto Digger captain and Voice of the Fan. At press time, interns from Michigan Tech couldn't get a quote from Kulfan as to which fans he spoke with regarding our fervent, new-found optimism.
There is absolutely no reason to believe the team Ken Holland has built can't play .750 hockey the rest of the way, securing the Atlantic Division title, winning the East and defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in June to secure their 12th Stanley Cup. This two-game winning streak should certainly silence the back-biting, whining, impetuous "fans" who bellow and wail every moment that Holland refuses to trade blue-chip prospects for legitimate, proven talent. You heard it here first...the Detroit Red Wings will lose no more than 5 games the rest of the way.
Pending actual research, I believe this is the last Monday afternoon game played at Joe Louis Arena.
It's also the first Monday afternoon game ever played with the Detroit Red Wings in last place in their division.
I did no research on that either.
Actually, you know I've considered him that all year, if not the last couple.
He's not hurt, and it's not a back-to-back. He's not playing because he hasn't proven he's the best goalie on this team.
Shit. He wasn't the best when Howard was healthy, and he may not be the clear number 1 right now with Jared Coreau getting the start against Pittsburgh.
You know things are getting weird when a KK blogger gets booted for idiocy, for outright stupidity and behavior beyond plain old juvenilicity...and it's not me.
I hope we'll recover.
Later, Greg. It's been a pleasure taking potshots at you, and I plan to continue to do so especially since I know it must send you into sobbing, fetal tantrums not being able to fire back.
You were elite. I NOW consider you a true Hall of Fame DB. All the metrics say you meet the criteria. Congratulations. I'll email you daily as soon as the officials for each NHL matchup are announced, which is about as riveting as the average TPSH post.
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