Abel to Yzerman
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.
I'm sorry. Paul covered the LB for me the last two games and I appreciate that, as you do. But I'm sorry I abandoned you. I've given you abandonment issues, as if you didn't already have them as a result of Ken Holland abandoning any courage he once had to make any moves that would have given Henrik Zetterberg one more legitimate shot at a Cup in Detroit.
But I had a good reason.
Bill is out tonight, driving around town and depending on how the Lions are doing, I may be worried about him (note- this was written before the football game started).
So let's talk some hockey. What Detroit team will show up tonight?
The one from the recent win in LA or the one we have become all too familiar with?
Tonight it doesn't matter to me.
You see, every time we play the Sharks in San Jose in a non-playoff game, I chuckle....
I am off the bench to do the live blog tonight and I have read so many comments on the Wings the last few days I am not sure where to start or for that matter, finish. We've dissected this team so much we should be rewarded with a PhD in fan participation.
Ken Holland has some serious work to do and the earlier the better. We will all be watching that's for sure.
Now it is your turn and enjoy the game if you can.
There is no way Ken Holland is awake right now. Well, this is posting at 9. So, maybe. He's watching the last few minutes of Lost, season 2. Catching up. He doesn't understand why the fat kid doesn't get skinny. It's weird. He's confused. Tired. Drowsy. Getting late. Time for bed.
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