Abel to Yzerman
Interns from Saginaw Vallety State are chiming in via text and MySpace: the weather is spring-like in SE Michigan.
You know what that means. Playoffs are in the air. You walk outside, smell something nice, do a little stretch and you're thinking the playoffs are almost here.
Well, they're not, Kenny.
They are most definitely not.
The shit show, naturally, continues as we learn of Gustav Nyquist's well-deserved six-game suspension.
The power play sure will miss him.
The department of player safety was swift and decisive, as they always are...
...unless of course it's a Wing getting butchered.
Regardless, it was a blatantly disgusting move that warranted the suspension.
It's a stretch, but a little ironic to consider that the Wings head to Walnut Grove today, the little town that ripped the Ingalls sisters out of the grasp of Mike Ilitch in 2012. As you'll joyfully recall, Mr. I, Tick Tock and Chris Chelios flew Red Wing 1 to Madison in early July that year, believing that a personal visit would convince Ryan Suter that Hockeytown should be his home.
It wasn't enough, of course.
The debate about whether Mike Ilitch was more devoted to the Red Wings or the Tigers had no validity once the little shrew of a commissioner hamstrung the most aggressive owner in sports. Ilitch spent limitlessly to make his teams better, because the best owners of the best teams were those who were in it for more than a profit.
Mike Ilitch wanted to win. He did with the Wings, four times. He won because he allowed the organ-I-zation to spend money in the right places. He brought in Bowman for triple the salary any other coach in hockey was earning.
He levied no "max" on signing the best free agents. Money was no object because he had enough of it.
Greg Balantine, of The Puck Stops Here fame, has been sending me analytics on PS4 messenger. His statistics, as we all know, have always defined greatness, just as the sheer strength of his prose always made us pause and cry a little, not unlike your reaction to a fine thespian performance from the likes of Donny Most in Happy Days.
Greg Balantine despised me like no man has ever hated another in the history of blogger animosity.
He hasn't actually been corresponding with me, just seething from afar like the scorned little boy he's always been.
But I've used his formulas to reach the following conclusion.
I don't know how many more times Columbus will visit Joe Louis Arena, but I've got to tell you something. The Wings have always preferred the BJs at home. BJs on the road, from what I hear, are risky, dangerous evolutions.
What's the Wings record when they welcome BJs in Detroit? I'm not sure. But I have to think it's positive. I have to think that when the Wing veterans look back at their heralded careers in Hockeytown, they may think of Bettman's expansion teams and how they fared in Detroit. I'll bet you that the memories of the BJs Little Gary gave us will last forever.
It's a trifecta of averageness. Earlier today the Diggers told us Jared Coreau was starting tonight but they lied. Now they're telling us Mrazek is starting and Jimmy's down on the farm ready to get better and reclaim his #1 spot in Detroit.
So, the Wings waived one of their prized young defensemen today.
I was never sold on him, despite glowing reports from elsewhere. Marchenko was a lackey's device to defend Ken Holland and I am not about a life that includes defending Ken Holland.
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.
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