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Wow… That Would Be Really Stupid

Goaltending got you down in the dumps?  Did you wake up your children this morning demanding that they find a way to bring Tim Thomas to Hockeytown?

No?  Good. Me either.


But hey.  Want to feel smart?  ‘Cause if you do? I’ve got a plan.

If you want to feel smart, hang up pictures of two guys: Ray Slover and Ross McKeon.  Tape them up on either side of the wall, stand between them and have someone snap one.  Then send us the picture and call it: “Me and two idiots.”



Slover’s usually a savvy guy and he actually writes a decent article for Sporting News about the Wings’ kids on the farm and how there’s a logjam of immense talent at the top of the organ-I-zation.  I wonder, though, about a hidden addiction to crack. Because he goes down a path that makes me scared for him.

So why would Vesa Toskala fit in the Detroit picture? Well-connected Ross McKeon of says the Wings could in the market for a goalie—and the Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to move Toskala.
What have you up your sleeve, Kenny Holland?

Seriously? Dude.  Why latch on to this?

If the playoffs were to start today, Ty Conklin would probably be the starting goalie. Detroit could be in the market for a goalie, but who out there fits the bill and is willing to help the Wings – Toronto and Vesa Toskala? The Wings might swing a deal out of necessity, too, because they’ve got guys in the minors who could play in the NHL – Darren Helm, Ville Leino, Jonathan Ericsson and Jimmy Howard, to name a few.

Toskala? Really.  I mean, Detroit on a goalie hunt?  That’s a likely assumption. But Toskala?  Does anyone even attempt research anymore?

There are two guys with worse GAA than Chris Osgood.  One of them is Toskala.  Save percentage?  Ozzie’s got that locked down.  45 out of 45.  But 44th?  Yep. Toskala.

Tick tock could very well be looking at options in goal.  But I’m thinking Ray and Ross may have picked the wrong day to quit inhaling aerosal.

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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