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Picking Up The Pace

Jeremy Bonderman’s hurt.  The Lions have begun their trek to glory.  Tiger Woods won again and I’m sure a redneck drove pretty fast before taking his sister out for a romantic dinner.  So finding Wing news today may be tough.

But not as tough as it was a month ago.  Thankfully.

Here’s a headline I’ll bet you won’t see again for twelve more months, mainly because I made it up.  Still accurate though, at least yesterday it was.

Maltby Provides Offense In Wings Win

Maltby hit a pair of home runs and pitched the final three innings to help the Wings stage a come-from-behind 23-19 victory over the Royal Oak Fire Department in the Fire on Ice charity softball game at Memorial Field in Royal Oak. Proceeds from ticket sales went to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Crain’s Detroit Business points us to another slight shift in the Wing ticket sales mentality.  Apparently, in addition to the $9 tickets available for the unwashed like you and I, they’ve also softened their economic stance for high rollers.

The Detroit Red Wings are offering a new, more affordable suite arrangement at Joe Louis Arena for business owners who want to entertain a small number of clients and $9 single-game tickets.

The Wings are combining five existing suites to create the private Comerica Legends Club on the arena’s suite level.

I started to read more, and so can you if you want.  I stopped when I saw a sentence that started with, “A full-season suite currently starts at $120,000…” and kinda moved on.

By now you’ve heard/read the news that the Wings are (allegedly) bringing Brent Sopel in for a look-see.  Nifty.  Not sure what the logic is there unless Holland is working some sort of deal that sends a youngster (Lilja, Lebda, Kronwall, Meech) out of Hockeytown. 

Here’s a point of view that has some merit.

So we’re bringing in a guy for a tryout who had more goals and more points than Kronwall, in roughly the same amount of ice time, and who had a better +/- despite playing on a much worse team. And we’re paying Kronwall $3 million a year for the next five.

Kronwall was paid for his potential, which we’ve discussed to the point of nausea.  Sopel would make the team for his immediate impact, which is the way the Wings have done business for fifteen years.  Not necessarily wrong, but dangerous.



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  Tags: attendance, kronwall, lebda, lilja, maltby, meech, sopel


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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