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I’m tired. Tired of the “odds and ends” thing. It’s become a cliche as thousands of hockey bloggers have stolen it from me and called it their own.  I’ve recovered from that and will use this title today, maybe “potpourri” when I know the Dive fans are reading. I just don’t know. My lips are so cold.

Our Czech Miracle of Insanity is healthy. Healthy I say, except for his knee. But it’s not a “knee”, like we know knees to be. It’s just a bruise and he’s starting tomorrow night.  So says MacLeod and a host of diggers.

Coach Mike Babcock said after Thursday’s practice that Dominik Hasek will start Friday’s game against Chicago at Joe Louis Arena and Chris Osgood will start Sunday’s game in Los Angeles.

Hasek missed a start Wednesday because of pain above his knee after taking a shot in Monday’s game that hit an unprotected area of his leg.
“It (Thursday) was my first practice after two days (in which) I could work hard,” said Hasek. “I didn’t feel any problems to go up and down quickly, make second or third saves. Tomorrow, it will be even better. But even today I felt great.”

Ted Kulfan woke up from his mid-morning nap to really delve into this issue.  Gotta hand it to Teddy, when he feels like it he’s capable of epic manifestos that just keep on giving.

Hasek (bruised right knee) said today after practice he will be playing Friday night vs. Chicago.


Here’s the link to the rest of his blog entry…don’t bother clicking because that was the extent of it.  Jesus Ted. Slow down.  It’s only October. You’re going to tucker yourself out before Bubba starts roasting the possum for Thanksgiving.

Oh…alright.  Yes, he did his job. He got the info out.  Plus, he did a halfway decent job (by digger standards) with his post-game blog last night.

As much as it would benefit to split up Datsyuk and Zetterberg, as I’ve said before I can see why Babcock just can’t. I mean, how good do those guys play with Holmstrom? The line has been outstanding. How do you split up something that is going so good?

Yes, how do you?  Here’s how.  You split ‘em up when Gary’s special projects come to town. When the BJ’s come a callin’, the Blackhawks, the Bitter Blues and even Bubba.  Spread the wealth and get the other guys some time with the uberstuds.  Is that line effective?  Yes. In fact, it may be so good that even the teams who throw their top defensive 5 against them could end up frustrated.  That’s how good they’re playing.

But, it’s not the most efficient way to run a hockey team.  I know, because I’ve never played organized hockey much less coach it.  So don’t you dare doubt my credibility on this one.  Uncle Mike cannot be pleased.  He must feel dirty every time he sends them out there because he knows it’s just not the Babcockian way to load up line 1 and forsake all others.  But as Teddy told us, it’s working.  So you roll the dice against the big boys and break them up against the JV squads.

Here’s a ditty from Teddy that ought to make you throw up in your mouth a little bit.  Check this out.

The Wings aren’t the only ones not drawing right now. Check out the lousy attendance totals in Columbus (11,000) and Atlanta (12,000), while the Islanders couldn’t get 16,000 for their game against the Rangers.

Oh.  F’ing GREAT.  Now we’re in the same category as the BJ’s, Thrash and Islanders.  Niccceeeeeee.  Jesus.  You know what?  I’m pretty damn close to just shutting the hell up about attendance.  I’m sick of it.  You guys have your reasons for not going and I’m not going to throw stones because I’m not there to back up my BS. 

Not done yet.  Almost.  Get the frigging Hockeytown logo off the ice.  Take it off.  Put a big Alfred E. Newman looking icon of Gary Bettman in there until the Joe starts filling back up.  Get the sellout streak back up to about forty games then bring back “Hockeytown”.  Here’s the deal Mike.  Here’s the deal my brother.  It’s time to show the state of Michigan that you understand what’s going on.  Lower the prices. All of them. Every last ticket. Slash the prices by a third.  Create some packages for the kids.  Bring in a band. Stick ‘em up in the cheap seats and let them wail away during breaks in play instead of playing the vintage Loggins and Messina tunes that keep the UM fans on their asses.  Yeah, I said it. Those of you who attend Wings games and sit on your hands texting your pals have too much Blue blood in you.  Take that crap back to the Big House and Crisler where the coaching staffs have to beg you to show some enthusiasm.  In fact, if you’re wearing Michigan apparel: not allowed in the Joe.  State, Central, Ferris, Eastern, Drunk-ass Northern? Yep. You’re in.  UM? See ya.

Seriously…cut the prices. Show the fans you want them back.  Nothing else is going to do it, and it’s not the economics of the move that will do the trick. It’s the principle. 

Done. Out. Sorry for the two-day absence.  Life gets crazy in the Capitol.  Speaking of which…if you’re a Wing fan in the greater DC area, I’ve got an idea for an A2Y get together.  Still ruminating.  But .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you’re interested and I’ll create a cool little distro list and forward you the notes I get from Nigerian princes.





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