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I’m not sure what makes me want to throw up in my mouth more, the absolute guarantee I’m making right now that UM is going to lose to Western…or this,


Veteran goaltender Dan Cloutier, out of hockey last season, will attend the Detroit Red Wings’ training camp (Sept. 13-15) on a tryout.
Cloutier, 33, who contacted the club and asked for the tryout…

So…of all the teams Cloutier could have contacted, he chose the Wings?  Or did his agent, if he still has one, do a mass fax saying his boy was on the hunt for a team?


Kyle at Babcock’s Death Stare is all over this.

And he frigging despises it, as he should.

I could not hate this any more than I do. Yeah, it’s a tryout, but still. I hate this from a personal standpoint and a management standpoint.

Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever made fun of a goalie more than Dan Cloutier, as our friend at Dan Cloutier for Vezina will probably attest to after I post this. It’s not that I hate the guy per say, I’m sure at one point I did, but he does suck. I always felt he was the weakest link on some average to strong Canuck teams. During the glory days of the Naslund/Bertuzzi tandem, Cloutier held them back with his soft goals, poor mental game, and well below average goaltending ability.

But from a managing standpoint I absolutely hate it. It better be nothing else than just having an extra warm body in camp. I don’t see why you need it — for months they’ve been talking about how this is finally Jimmy’s time, and he’s been talking up the past week about how he’s ready for this, so now they invite Cloutier to camp. Hopefully it’s just Todd Bertuzzi doing the guy a solid. I can’t express to you how much I do not want Cloutier to do well and earn a contract.


Hippy Dave’s fired up.

While I hate to do so, it has become apparent to me that I now have to hold off on my auto-renewal of NHL Center Ice and plan on changing services to another provider such as Comcast (which owns Versus, btw).  I’m not happy about it and I’d rather not do it.  So, what I propose here is a good old-fasioned letter-writing campaign.

The Deke continues with their summer preview of the Wings.  Yesterday was Nik Kronwall.

...the dude rang a shot flush off the crossbar that would’ve tied the Seventh Game of the Finals. How nut-wrenching is that? That has to mess with a guy’s head. I bet it’s like a Pavlov’s dog situation—every time the oven timer goes off or a kid rings a bell on his bike he thinks of the *ping* from The Crossbar and immediately starts peeing on people (For the record I’m definitely talking about Nik Kronwall here and not about something that happened to me last Sunday at a family reunion).

For the record, I think Kronwall’s going to have a huge (if healthy) year.  I’m predicting at least two suspensions. 


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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