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Bettman:  “There’s an ‘n’ in there.  Put it in there.  Do it.”

He’s only won six Norris trophies Gary.  You gave him the cup a little over a week ago.

What did you say to him then?  “Congrats Dick”?


That would be courtesy of RWBill and the other 19 people who emailed it to me last night.

Outstanding live blog last evening.  Reading through the comments this morning was an emotional experience for me.  You see, just moments after Ovechkin threw in a Verizon reference, my wireless started giving me issues.  By the time Dick Lindstrom had been presented his sixth Norris?  Incommunicado.

I couldn’t even go back and read about the last time I was frustrated with Verizon.

Whatever.  Screw you Verizon.  You make me sad and I’m sick of it.  I’m selling the pets and going with Direct TV and Cox cable. Yes, Thom, that’s spelled C-O-X.

Hey. Want to see the easiest prediction I’ve ever made?  I know you do.  Genius.

September 25, 2007

Nick Lidstrom’s going to win his sixth Norris Trophy because no one comes close.  No one.  He was shafted the two years before his first one and he was shafted between the third and fourth.  He owns that award now, and that is right and just.

Way out on a frigging limb with that one.  That’s from part 2 of the enthralling A2Y 2007/8 Season Preview.  Read it here, by subscription only.

Pavel Datsyuk won the Selke.  And he earned it.  Some little Canadien(an) kid talked about him, and they showed neat clips of him scoring and stuff.  Nice job Gary. Ass.  Did they also show Datsyuk picking someone’s pocket, like he did about five times/game—which kind of, um, earned him the award?  I have no idea.

I was too busy trying to find “The Contortionists” or whatever that frigging sitcom was that ran the first three minutes on Versus.  And don’t lie to me. Don’t you do it.  You thought it was all part of the CBC pre-show frivolity. 

Oh, and Gary?  If Gordie Howe wants to talk, you let him.  Understand me?  You’re a child and a pawn. Gordie’s a legend. He built the league you’ve run into the ground Gary.  All we expect of you is to stand there, shut up, let Gordie talk, maybe punch you in the temple, let Gordie talk some more, walk three steps behind him and then go home so we can forget you have anything to do with our sport.  Got it?  Nifty.

I like the Boudreau guy. I like Ovechkin. I like the Caps, period.  Happy to see both of them receive the awards they did.

But here’s the thing.  Lidstrom deserved the Hart and Babcock the Adams.

The month of February proves the former and an objective look at the Red Wings and the team they’ve become, the style they play, the brilliance of that system validates the latter.

So, you know, congratulations Cap fans.  But it should have been an even more convincing Detroit evening. 

Did anyone see Sidney Crosby last night? Was he even there?  Or did he send Darryl Sydor in his place?  I have no idea.

I didn’t watch last year’s awards show. Did you?  I couldn’t.  The wounds were too fresh.  I think the stench of my own urine was still fresh at that point.  Ooh. Too much info?  Sorry.

We’re getting close and it’s gonna happen.  I’ll be taking a hiatus.  A few weeks.  Couple more things to do.  You guys have sent in hundreds of photos of the parade, games, parties, firetrucks, rainbows, puppies and hookers. I’m trying to decide how to post them all.

But soon, there will be silence from the Chief.  But only temporary, a brief respite.  Not an absence or a trip to New Zealand.  Just a break. 

More to follow.

Wait. Dammit. Almost forgot. You guys see this?

Detroit News

On behalf of every “octopus ... in the oceans of the world,” a Texas truck driver says he has filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of the Red Wings to stop the practice of octopus tossing.

Patrick Greene , 59, of San Antonio, who has zero interest in hockey, caught a news clip of the 50-year-old tradition after the Wings beat the Penguins for the Stanley Cup, and, he says, was “nauseated.

“I called my wife over to the TV, and said, ‘Look at this.’ She said, ‘Why, that’s horrible,’ ” Greene said in a telephone interview Thursday. “Who would treat an animal, alive or dead, like it’s some kind of toy?”

Oh. There was also this.  “Greene, an Air Force veteran…”

‘nuff said.

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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

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