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Yeah, yeah, yeah...I've been delinquent. But I have excuses. In the last five days I've been back in Bubba territory, Diveland and finally into the Canes backyard...all last week. And, no, I didn't see any hockey. I'll be back with regular posting tomorrow around mid-day. In the meantime, a little reaction from yours truly on a couple of deep diggers who did a little writing over the weekend. First, stand by for Helene St. James. Not since Khan(!)'s "deal for Luongo" manifesto of last Spring has a deep digger gone out on a limb and actually graced us with an opinion. Well, here we go.
Barring any disastrous injuries, by the Feb. 27 deadline the Wings will have more than enough cap room to acquire the roughly $2 million that'd be left on Forsberg's contract. It has been a frustrating season for him because of all the problems with finding a boot to fit his surgically repaired right ankle, but at long last he appears to have rebounded. When he plays, he is still one of the top five forwards in the game, and better than any forward on Detroit's team. If he doesn't have any setbacks over the coming month, he'd be an amazing acquisition.
Ahhhh....I welcome your thoughts. Me? A healthy Forsberg? A 3/4 Forsberg? Ok, but not if it means giving up the Pavel Datsyuk we've seen the last two weeks. Delma may have just bought himself one more playoff to prove himself. Has he ever played better? If I had to choose today, which I don't, I'd say bring Floppa to town, but only if it means we don't give up much in return. If it's a salary dump for Philly and we can afford it, do it. But give up nothing of value. I see Hank has been added to the all-star roster. Nifty. Hasek's been snubbed? Even better. One less game, one less chance for injury. Nonetheless, the decision to leave him off was ridiculous.
“I’m a little disappointed,” Hasek said in between lifting weights in the Red Wings' dressing room. “I thought I was going to be there.” Hasek owns a league-leading 2.03 goals-against average. Kiprusoff's average, meanwhile, is 2.32. Hasek is 23-7-3, while Kiprusoff was 21-14-3 heading into his game against Edmonton Saturday. Both goaltenders have five shutouts.
Not much today. Back tomorrow with much more. Thanks for your continued patronage and patience. Signed/Management

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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