Abel to Yzerman
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.
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.
About Abel to Yzerman
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