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To All 19 A2Y Readers: Thank You And Farewell

As many of you have pointed out, the writing’s been slow here the last two weeks.  I could easily blame that on blogger apathy and an outright disgust with the way our Wings “prepare” themselves for their Cup defense.

But that’s not the case.  In reality, I’ve been cutting back the last ten days as I prepare to transition from Kuklas Korner to one of the Detroit dailies where I’ve been hired on to provide a “voice of the fan” outlook on the playoffs, the Wings in the future and the Michigan sports scene in general.  Contractually, I can’t reveal which paper I’ll be joining and I can’t post the link here. But I can dole out some details.

Is it a paid position?  Yes.  It is.  I won’t deny that and I won’t deny the fact that the money had a lot to do with this decision.  I’ve been blogging for essentially nothing going on three and half years, devoting roughly 60 hours/week to it and when the opportunity arose to make good cash, I couldn’t turn it down.  Is it substantial?  Not really, but it’s good enough to help me make this decision.

Will the tone of my writing change a bit since I’ll be affiliated with a Detroit paper?  It has to, and I believe you all understand that.  A2Y was built, largely, on the backs of failing beat writers. In other words, I was disgusted with the coverage the Diggers provided and that was one of the platforms we used to begin this thing.  Now?  I’ll be working for one of the companies I used to criticize, so blatant slams just won’t make sense.  Will I still give it to them when they deserve it? Yes, but subtlety and tact have a place in our conversations too.  I just haven’t elected to use those techniques here. 

Will A2Y just go away, or will the name follow me to my new gig?  Paul and I have been in something of a negotiation phase the last few days, but I’ve always considered “Abel to Yzerman” to be my intellectual property.  Quite honestly, that matter is still up in the air.  I believe we can reach an amicable conclusion. Either way, I owe Paul Kukla a lot for the opportunity he’s given me here at The Empire.

Will you be blogging or is it going to be a regular column, or what?  The paper I’ll be working for made it clear that based on my inexperience in the newspaper business, I will be referred to as a “blogger.”  That’s fine with me.  I’ve never claimed to be a journalist, only a fan who likes to type about the Wings.  They did say that once I’ve been working continuously for six consecutive months, we’ll re-open the conversation as to whether my title will shift from blogger to staff writer.  At this point, it doesn’t really matter to me.

Will you have press box, lockerroom, and team access?  I’m still going to be writing from home, not from Detroit. So that issue is kind of irrelevant.  Plus with the economy the way it is now, the paper can’t afford to fly me in for the playoffs or whatever.  I will be driving up to Michigan for a few home games, staying with relatives, paying for my ticket and being given the opportunity to talk to the players after the beat writers have filed their stories.  So, that should work out good. 

What about the A2Y staples…the glossary, the Live Blogs, the use of the term “bitches”, etc?  The glossary’s coming with me, but a scaled down version.  There are some things I simply won’t be able to say in a family-oriented publication.  “Bitches”?  I’m sorry, but that’s gone.  The live blogs will be tough.  I don’t know the framework of the paper’s web site well enough to be able to say whether it’s possible or not.  I’ll let you know by the time the playoffs start.

How long have I been discussing this move with the newspaper and with Paul?  With the paper? About six months. They contacted me in November and my original intent was to join them over the summer.  But the money factor is such that I’ll make a little more if I switch before the playoffs, so that’s what I’m doing.  I told Paul on Monday.

Do you really expect the 19 readers of A2Y to follow you to a Detroit daily? Won’t they view this as a betrayal? What about your fellow Wing bloggers?  I don’t really care what fans or bloggers think.  I thought I’d made that clear a long time ago.

April Fool’s Day…bitches.

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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