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Bruce MacLeod: Hero To The Masses

Bruce MacLeod has a blog. And he’s a beat writer who updates it frequently and uses it for its intended purpose: to give us up-to-the-minute information rather than making us wait until tomorrow morning.  For instance, today:

He gives us a few quotes from Brent Sopel regarding his abrupt departure from Detroit.

“There was a lot of miscommunication, a lot of missed phone calls, a lot of things that happened that obviously I didn’t want to happen,” said Sopel. “It was one of those circumstances. After we landed in Toronto, we tried to get ahold of Kenny Holland to discuss the situation that was going on. Couldn’t get ahold of him for a long time. Finally when we did, it was just before game time.”

But he doesn’t stop there.  Interested in tonite’s lineups? Of course you are.  Maybe you’re wondering if Aaron Downey cleared waivers? MacLeod tells us he did.

“I’ve been on waivers before, hoping someone would pick me up. This time, I was hoping someone wouldn’t. Such a great group of guys here. I love being a Red Wing.
“I’ve been living in the moment for 13 years now. The game’s not new to me, the role I play. When I first started (in the East Coast league), I was on 24-hour contracts. I’ll just take this day and enjoy it, be thankful that I’ve got a job.
“The Lord willing, they’ll keep me here all year.”

Three blog entries. Nothing artful about them, and definitely not difficult. Fire up the laptop, give the fans some info. Done. And that's why MacLeod isn't a deep digger. It's why he's not the captain of the deep diggers. Nope. That would be Ansar Khan. When's the last time the captain updated his blog? 2 October. Why even have one? Whatever.

St. James? Nope. Kulfan? Good on ya Teddy.

Last night he spewed some nonsensical crap about Downey’s situation being a “bookkeeping kind of thing.” 

New blood is needed at the News and the Free Press.  I won’t even mention Booth (MLive). It would appear Khan(!), the Wing puppet, is so ingrained there that he’s got a lifetime contract.  At least the News has John Niyo, who shows some fire whenever he’s given the chance.  And the Freep’s George Sipple impressed me with this today.

“Nobody wants to move, nobody wants to switch teams,” Lang said after Saturday’s morning skate at the United Center. “The nature of the business is a little bit different.

“It didn’t work out unfortunately; would have loved to play a lot more minutes in Detroit. …But that wasn’t the scenario, so you gotta move on.”

Did Lang have other issues with Babcock, other than the ice time?

“I’m not going to go there,” Lang said. “Let’s say it was just the minutes.”

Not bad. Capturing the Enigma in full whine mode.  Didn’t read that from Kulfan, St. James or Khan(!) did you?  Nope. Because he pressed a little harder, asked that additional question. 

MacLeod, Sipple, Niyo…good on ya.  Diggers?  You’re nothing but fodder.


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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