Abel to Yzerman
It's actually cute. You're sitting there waiting, knowing, anticipating a move. You know, because he's the gold and gilded GM, that Tick Tock Kenny Holland is just moments away from bringing you the defenseman we all know we need and deserve.
Not a free agent. Justifiably, Holland didn't dip into that pool. He brought us more forwards, so that he could have the chips he needs to make that one big deal.
And it's coming. Right?
Steve Yzerman had just retired and was working as a member of Ken Holland's famed "management team", the group we like to point to as collective failures instead of the very individual failure Holland himself has become. Yzerman was very new to the business side and the idea of him walking from the Edmonton ice straight into the Wing GM job was not appetizing to us, or to him.
He wasn't ready and nobody knew if he ever would be.
The Helm signing was ridiculous. In every way, viewing it from any angle you'd like.
The Neilsen deal was pre-ordained. If you've read anything for three days, you knew it was coming. It's pure Holland: 32 year old. 6 years. 30 million.
And then it got weird, even for Holland standards.
Holland apologists, you are on the frigging clock. Admittedly in dire need of scoring, Tick Tock Kenny Holland, the alleged gold standard for NHL managers, has re-signed Darren Helm for five years at nearly 4 million per.
Because when you need scoring, boy, you go out and find a guy who averages 1 point every four games.
Zero Point Zero Zero.
Yes, it's Blutarski's grade point average. Well earned, I might add.
It's also the numbers you saw on the clock on draft day as we waited for the Wings to select at #16. No pick. Pan to Kenny. Happy. Content. Glazed. Post coital, almost.
He'd done it and every one of us knew it. He'd shed the weight of Datsyuk's contract and that could only mean one thing: Stamkos.
Clearly, Ken Holland is elite. Clearly, he is a hall of famer by the most stringent of standards. Clearly, Ken Holland, no matter what he does to ignore this team in the next 45 days or so, remains our savior.
Having said all that, I'm going to say something else that no one else has said, and I'm going to say it so you can say that it was me who got it said: If that contract gets eaten our boy Tick Tock had better go.
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On a typical day in late April, it would be fun to say, "hey, at least Chicago's in the same boat we are."
Well, it's typical in the sense that Ken Holland's Wings are on the brink of another early elimination. We're used to that.
But, if Chicago loses that means people are happy in St. Louis and that is decidedly against the laws of god, nature and hygiene.
It's been my history that the days following a brutal playoff loss, there is silence on the line. I've rarely been able to bring myself to write a damn thing, or function at all, really.
So, I'm all courageous now.
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