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When You Don’t Pay Attention…

...you miss stuff. I know that for a fact because my wife kinda tells me sometimes. And here are two things I haven't paid attention to, mainly because I just don't care. (1) The Saskin email/pending dismissal thing. I suppose because Chelios is so heavily involved I should show some interest, but I really have no interest. (2) The revised draft order. I suppose because it was influenced by our Wunderkind Kenny, it should interest me. But it didn't, until I browsed some other blogs today and saw what others were saying about our innocent Wings.

We begin with Jes Golbez.

Could it be the Red Wings proposed this format because they often choke in the early rounds and want a good draft position for themselves? It’s not as if they need it! Give them all of their picks in the 5th round and they’d be just fine.

And Tyler Dellow.

It’s kind of funny that Detroit is pushing this - I’m sure that they’d like to do it retroactively, given their playoff success the past few years as opposed to their regular season success.  In any event, it strikes me as a bizarre decision for a league that theoretically is interested in parity.

And a jab from JP at Japer’s Rink.

No, it’s not a huge difference for Detroit, but it punishes a lesser team for a good playoff run and diminishes the importance of the regular season even further - give me an 82-game season as a measure of a team’s ability over a 4-to-28 game snapshot any day.

So who’s brilliant idea was this?

The change, apparently spearheaded by Red Wings GM Ken Holland, gives teams with good regular-seasons that flop in early playoff rounds better spots to pick from.Uh huh.

And finally, from me.  I agree. I agree with all of the above and it makes the Wings look like the petulant short guy who has some pull, doesn’t like the way things are going and uses that influence to turn the tables his own way. 

Win a damn playoff series.  Ice a team that is built to grind and battle.  In other words, bring in a Todd Bertuzzi and Kyle Calder, make the conference semi’s (at least)...then you’ve got the credibility to
push a change like this through.

Now?  It looks like what Jes, Tyler and JP are calling it…the move of an influential team tired of getting spanked when they shouldn’t.

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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: [email protected]