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Good god. 1 to 4 inches of snow expected in DC today.

It’s “Winter Storm ‘09.”

And this would be the Doug Brown edition, the 17th consecutive post devoted to the ASS.G.

Let it serve as a warning to you Wing faithful: they’ll be coming out of the woodwork today.

Greg Wyshynski caved last night around 6pm, and that’s unfortunate.  But it is what it is and The Bitter in St. Lose, Denver and especially Pittsburgh?  They’ll be all over the place today, reacting to this.

If you haven’t read the Puck Daddy piece, do so.  Greg starts it out with three words, “Poor Sidney Crosby”.  Even quoted from Paul Kelly, and even used for effect?  Pathetic and amazingly submissive toward Bettman and his minions.

But it gets better.

I have to admit that seeing the All-Star Weekend experience first-hand

brainwashed me

slightly modulated my feelings about the quasi-suspensions of Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings for no-showing.

Translation:  he attended the circus, sipped from the faucet and has now joined the legions, the growing majority, of those who can’t see this for what it is.

Well, that’s cool.  Or as Greg would say, “whatever.” 

He has his opinion, no matter how jaded it’s admittedly become by the wonderment of ASS.G weekend in Montreal, and today we’re finally reading those of the Wings themselves and the Diggers in Detroit.  What?  Oh yes. 

Wojo

If the NHL truly needed all its shiniest stars in the All-Star Game, the league wouldn’t have a goofy Internet voting system that awarded starting spots to four Canadiens players and three Blackhawks. Of all the issues the NHL faces, getting the Wings to help spotlight a meaningless exhibition should be way down the list.

If the Wings are so vital, why have they been relegated all these years to the Western Conference, so some of their biggest playoff games end at 1 a.m.? Why would the league have such an unbalanced schedule that great draws Toronto, Montreal, the Rangers and the Penguins rarely make visits to Joe Louis Arena?

And then there’s this question.  If this had been fat-ass Keith Tkachuk, would the suspension have occured?  Mike Modano, even?  What if players with names like Vanek or Streit had legitmate injuries and decided to stay in their hometowns for treatment?  Would they have been suspended?

Right.

And then there’s this.

Dave Waddell

An unrepentant Nick Lidstrom had no regrets in putting the needs of the Detroit Red Wings ahead of the marketing demands of the NHL in opting to skip the All-Star Game in Montreal this past weekend.

Waddell, as usual, has plenty of good stuff in there.  But I do love that lead.  “An unrepentent Nick Lidstrom…”. F’ing A Right.  Exactly what a Captain should be in a situation like this.  Exactly.

And 19 of you will recognize and understand the significance of the capitalization in the previous sentence. 

Wojo used this phrase in his column:  “Wings Against The World.” 

Can there be any doubt now?

Waddell, who also reveals the Wings are already referring to the league’s hypocrisy as “The Crosby Rule”, goes deeper and finally gets to what we’ve all been saying here for a long, long time.

The Wings have quietly been annoyed about the Stanley Cup champs being treated as stage props for the Winter Classic as well as in the NHL’s marketing campaigns.

Monday, Detroit goalie Chris Osgood dared to say what many in Wings dressing room have been saying in off-the-record asides.

“In the new cap era, the league is built for different teams to win every year, so it wouldn’t be good for the league if we won again would it?” Osgood said. “They want the fans to think their team has a chance to win every year.

“Do you see a lot of (NHL) commercials with us in it? Most of them are of Pittsburgh scoring on us or Pittsburgh beating us and we’re the team that won. I think we are probably the New York Yankees of the NHL. People dislike us a lot.

“We do have our fans around the league. Thank God we need them cheering for us, but we have a lot of people who like to see us lose and like to see us get guys suspended.”

The commercials Osgood’s referring to?

Jackatoreum.

Funny, funny comments in this post.  Love the stuff from the “real Wing fans” who find our decorum here at A2Y to be a “disgrace to the organization.”  Oooh.  “Real Wing fans”, eh?  Yeah. You can go ahead and suck it.  Those are the idiots I can’t handle, but all of you dispatched with them very effectively.

And the trolls, the anonymous ones from far off places where they hate them some Wings?  You’re more than welcome to stay. 

You’ll find that the 19 readers here at A2Y can wallow in the sewer or they can rise above it with logic, like our friend Voox did around 0100 this morning.

An epic post, one that will go so far over the heads of many that it was almost a waste of time.  But to those who can grasp it, you’ll be smarter when you’re finished.

Naturally, his closing line is the one that will rankle many.  But, again, it is what it is.

“To paraphrase George Orwell: In today’s NHL all teams are equal but some are more equal than others.”

And those who are more equal are going to be faced with resentment, especially from a commissioner who isn’t smart enough to see what they’ve brought the league he’s nearly destroyed.

Finally, from the Freep’s Jamie Samuelsen.

This is the model franchise in the league, and they constantly get the short end when it comes to scheduling and rules and salary caps. They do everything right, yet the rules are changed to hurt them. Datsyuk left the game in Phoenix with his hip injury, and Lidstrom has been a model citizen his entire career and they are the players that get singled out? Ridiculous.

Yeah, Jamie.  It’s ridiculous.  Where ya been?

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com