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Hold Off On That Optimism Hawk Fans

In the very short term?  Sunday’s butt kicking in Chicago brought with it all the typical positives: a 3-1 series lead, a stark example of the Wings’ resiliency and one of the greatest displays of depth we’ve seen in a long time.

Long term? The news may be even better for Detroit.  3 words that should make you smile:

Quenneville. Huet. Campbell.

One coach who can’t beat Detroit and two players who are making a butt-ton of money (is butt-ton supposed to be hyphenated?) but will contribute nothing of value for the remainder of their contracts.  And if you’re a Hawk fan who thinks that this series is a necessary evil, a mandatory bit of pain in exchange for the glory of years to come? Not so fast.

Will Chicago remain competitive? Yes.  Will this core of players get even better? Yes.  But as quickly as Toews and Kane (more on him soon…you’ll want to wait for it) and Sharp improve?  Dale Tallon’s idiocy will hamstring this team at the same pace.

Gutsy Brian Campbell was not only on the ice for the first four Detroit goals he may have directly contributed to each. Chicago will be paying him 7.1 million/year for the next three seasons.

Cristobal Huet will make 4.2 million each of the next two years.  After the Wings kicked his ass to the bench yesterday, Tallon had nearly 12 million dollars worth of goaltending watching the rest of Game 4.  Khabibulin’s better, but he’s gone on July 1st.  Huet’s your boy Hawk fans.  Digging that?  We are.

Quenneville.  Not only can he not beat the Wings, he guarantees Cups.  The last four of them won by the Wings have come at Q’s expense.  His frothing, sobbing performance at yesterday’s press conference?  You can view that as him deflecting pressure from his players, as some are sure to spin it.  I’d like to think something different: he realizes he’ll never beat Detroit and that’s driven him completely insane.

Every media outlet in North America, but we’ll go….here

“We witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports today at the end of the [first] period there,” he said. “A nothing play and they scored and it was 3-0. [The officials] ruined a good hockey game.”

So easy.  Let’s see? Wings/Poultry a loose puck, a Hossa goal?  No bells Joel?  Ok.  Umm.  Kronwall’s game misconduct?  Both were worse, much worse, than the worst call in “the history of sports.”  That’s awesome. 

He’s gone.  Fired? I have no idea. When I say “gone”, I mean he’s lost it completely.  And he’ll never beat Detroit. Uh oh.  That’s a quandary, eh?

Sooner or later somebody’s gonna figure that out in Chicago.  Maybe someone already has.  Maybe? Let’s go with definitely.  Scotty Bowman has to see it and is probably already dropping not so subtle hints. 

Speaking of subtlety? Let’s close with this ditty and thanks to Itrusteddrrahmani for the pointer.  And be sure to watch Dan Cleary laughing at the end. 

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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