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by IwoCPO on 01/19/12 at 08:21 AM ET
Didn’t this guy pot a couple against the Wings a few years ago and cause the 7 remaining Denver fans to start making Forsberg comparisons? Yeah. He’s been waived by the deep, powerful Dive.
After a strong, promising rookie season, Brandon Yip found himself on NHL waivers Wednesday.
It’s part of a stunning fall from the heights that saw Yip playing a top-six forward role for the Avalanche in the 2009 playoffs against the San Jose Sharks. If no team claims him by today, Yip will be assigned to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.
Yes. “Stunning.” Man, waived by Denver…in the midst of their fifth consecutive “youth movement.” Not exactly a good resume bullet, you know?
Yahoo’s got a little ditty today about the idiocy of hanging “regular season championship banners” in the rafters. Valid point, especially when you’re the Detroit by God Red Wings and legitimate banners are plentiful.
You can toss up a regular-season conference champions banner if you actually do something worth a damn in the ensuing postseason. Winning the Stanley Cup would be optimum, as you can hoist an entire collection of banners at one time; winning the conference championship might suffice.
But a regular-season conference champions banner, without postseason validation, commemorates one thing: Failure.
At first I was highly upset because I could have sworn we told the search engine to keep our team out of their mouths. But what the hell? What is a “regular season champion” anyway? President’s Trophy? Got it. Division, Conference, motherfuching Cup? By all means. But a banner ballyhooing the best record in the western conference is…beneath us. Teams like San Jose? Absolutely. Have at it Joe. You and Toddy can get on your ladders and hang yellow stickies all over the cute little shark tank, pointing to regular season this and that. You need to fill the space. I understand. But Detroit? It’s strange. Admittedly. Almost as strange as me and Daddy agreeing twice in a span of 4 days.
Oh, and hey Shark fans? I’ve got a linky link for you. Head over to Detroit.net and see what Clark Rasmussen has for you. A full diagram of all the banners hanging from the glorious rafters of the Joe. Pretty cool.
You know we don’t pay much attention to power rankings here. Unless, of course, they make for good fodder or proof that the manger miracle’s favorite team, the leaders and the best really, play in Detroit. Then we’re all about showing you who is smart enough to point that out.
If you had to do the research and come up with your own rankings, where would the Wings fall now? Winning on the road has been tough. Whiskey dick is never fun. Hank Zetterberg is in the worst slump of his career and our backup is mildly reliable, at best. But still…how many teams would you consider better than the Gold Standard right now? Boston, even though we beat them? Sure. Make them 1. Vancouver? They beat us pretty damn good. Still there’s that whole Luongo sucks ass thing, but we’ll give them 2. After that, who? The Rangers? Bitch please. Chicago? St. Fuching Louis? Ummm, no. So, if I were gonna be all redolent and shit I’d go: Boston, Vancouver, Baby Jesus.
But others aren’t so sure and MLive’s Brendan Savage is none too pleased.
Instead, the big question we’re going to tackle today is how in the heck can BuffaloNews.com call the Detroit Red Wings the seventh-best team in the National Hockey League?
Now, we’re not trying to say the Wings are the best team in the NHL. But it sure seems like they belong among the top four or five.
Weren’t we all just literally feeling sorry for Buffalo a few days ago? That in itself should be enough to get us Top 5 consideration in that town. No? Oh well.
Finally, let’s all give little Cam Cole a round of applause for being a bitch. Who’s Cam Cole? Well, he’s a nifty gifted writer for the Vancouver Sun, the city where Bobby and the Nucks choke a lot. Little Cam doesn’t like idea of the Winter Classic in Detroit and he’ll tell you he’s got a lot of good reasons but we all know the real reason is he’s from Vancouver and they hate them some Leafs there and probably some Wings too because Vancouver’s no place for a Cup, or a Classic.
While it’s true that the Maple Leafs and Red Wings have met more times in the playoffs, 23, than any two teams except the Bruins and Canadiens (32), they haven’t faced one another in 18 years (not the Red Wings’ fault), and 20 of those 23 playoff series happened prior to 1965.
Sure, there’s an undeniable charm in two Original Six teams playing on the grand stage, but does it crackle with anticipation the way a Habs-Bruins game would or even (dismissing the Original Six part), a Bruins-Vancouver Canucks hatefest?
Read the whole article if you want but the bottom line stems from the second to last word just above: “Canucks”. If it doesn’t include the Canucks, then Cam’s not interested.
Yeah? Good. We’ll give Herm your seat, Camdy Ass.
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