Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 02/22/12 at 03:12 PM ET
Steaming through the waters of ________, you learn to live without a few staples. PBR, domestic comforts, HOCKEY ON TV, and the consistent Gore-invented technology. So, when the adorable, babbling, drooling, 8 pounder saw fit to let me read some interweb stories the last day or so, I was was naively shocked…again.
I thought Yahoo hated the Wings. But, their outright bias is nothing compared to Canada’s.
Paul posted this on the Empire’s main page earlier, but I don’t mind digging a bit deeper and adding some spice. Kevin Weekes, an authority on top-notch playoff goaltending, says there are 15 teams without need for improvement in goal. 15. And none of them start with D, end in T and own the best record in hockey.
1. NEW YORK RANGERS
Henrik Lundqvist: Has been lights out. Two technical adjustments have taken his game to the next level. Have of you detected what they are? I believe Lundqvist is in the race with Evgeni Malkin for the Hart Trophy. His 42-save performance in Boston was a statement game.
Martin Biron: Never mind the recent loss to Chicago. Biron has been as good on the ice as he is in the dressing room. Excellent goalie partner for Lundqvist.
2. BOSTON BRUINS
Tim Thomas: Thomas is playing like, well, Thomas.
Tuukka Rask: Biding his time. But I have a feeling he’ll be No. 1 for the Bruins as soon as next year. Stay tuned.
Got it. Concur. Great to good goaltending from both guys on each team. No argument.
4. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Roberto Luongo: Has really been hot after another (expected) slow start. Higher glove position has helped him stay a bit more upright and made him play more to his 6-foot-3 frame.
Cory Schneider: I said on Hockey Night In Canada that when he started versus Lightning: “If I’m an opposing GM, especially Steve Yzerman, I’m going after this young man.” Has legit enough physical and mental skills to play in the NHL for a long time. That said, the Canucks are poised to make a run for the Stanley Cup, so if I’m them, I don’t trade either goalie until the off-season. But then what? I’ve spoken to two GM’s that want Schneider badly. But both feel the Canucks will address this later unless Rick Nash is too tasty to pass up.
Understandable, but I’d take JFH over Luongo. Call it a wash at the number 1. Schneider over MacDonald’s a reasonable pick too.
But the other 12? You’ve got to be frigging kidding me.
I’m going to cherry pick a few things here. If you want to read the whole list, do it. But be prepared to just vomit at the stupidity of it. The anti-Wing (and, woops, anti-US? bias is staggering).
Elliott and Halak over JFH and Mac? At the very least, they’re even. Halak with the edge over MacDonald. But…we’re talking tandems here right? How about Calgary, Kevin?
12. CALGARY FLAMES
Mikka Kiprusoff: Kipper. Enough said.
Not even a mention of a backup, so if Cupless Kipper goes down? They’re still in better shape than Detroit.
The rest of the list is even more pathetic: Lehtonen and Bachman. Fleury and Johnson. Giguere and Varlamov. Theodore and Clemmensen. Price and Budaj. Seriously. Look. I get it. There are pairs that could offer a coach a bit more confidence. But 15 of them? Those 15? Jesus. At least try to cloak the agenda.
So that’s Weekes. Want more fun? Head to TSN.
Power rankings as of yesterday (before the loss to Chicago, I might add): Vancouver, NYR, St. Louis.
Naturally, the entire country’s mindset is dictated by the smallest mind in the country.
“I’m so sick and tired of hearing about Detroit,” Cherry said, while wearing a wildly patterned flowers-meets-Picasso brown, orange and yellow sports coat.
Cherry went into a higher-pitched, mocking tone, parroting those who like the Wings style of play.
“‘Detroit don’t fight,” Cherry said.
You’ve read it. I know. And the reaction to it has been largely, and correctly, negative. The guy’s an idiot. Gary Bettman but shorter and more…flamboyant. But, then again, there’s his little bitch Ron sitting right next to him bobbing, nodding and chuckling. Hey, it’s the Canadien(an) way. Four Cups for Detroit since the Motherland’s laid claim to one.
Don’t worry Donnie and Kevin and the rest of the genius MSM up north…you’ll see the Cup again this summer. Helm and Cleary, Bertuzzi and the boys will bring it for a visit.
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