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Now it gets interesting.  Now we see who piles on and who sees this for the travesty it is.  Now we get to see who the bloggers and media members with conviction are…and on the other side of the coin we see who is going to use this as a punchline. 

Wyshynski? You choose the camp he belongs to.  You’ve had suspicions before and it appears they’ve just been confirmed.

Puck Daddy

Beyond Detroit losing a goal, the worst thing about this situation is that it’ll provide further fodder for the tin foil hat society among Wings fans, who are convinced that Gary Bettman and the NHL and the Illuminati and the Stonecutters are all conspiring in some secret cabal to undermine their franchise. Because what business would want one of its most popular, ratings-driving, star-studded franchises to, you know, succeed?

Here’s the response, the only comment—I think—I’ve ever left at Puck Daddy.

At what point, in the post you linked to, did I—or any of my readers—claim this was a result of a conspiracy Greg? Have we said that before? Yes. Do we believe Bettman has a personal issue with the Ilitch family? Yes. But in this case, it’s simply a case of extreme ineptitude and it should offend every hockey fan. Not just us.

Bettman is responsible for every good or bad thing this league is about. That’s called leadership. Your “tin hat” reference gives him a pass just as it trivializes the complaints of Wing fans. I’d expect that kind of reference, in this kind of situation, from Ryan Lambert (Two Line Pass). The fact that it comes from you is interesting.

Prior to his last-minute, kick to the nuts of a statement at the end, which was unnecessary, uncalled for and a clear hint at bias? Wyshynski hinted at an appropriate level of outrage over this disgusting call. 

And then he proves what many of you have said time and again. 

It doesn’t take a tin hat to figure out that was a butchered call.  It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to claim that the officiating in this league is a pathetic joke.  At no point in our original post did we claim conspiracy. In fact, not a single comment from the 19 even hinted at that.  We don’t believe this situation is an indication of anti-Wing bias on the part of Gary Bettman, just a horribly run league.

If you want an example of anti-Wing bias, if you really want me to point one out to you, something you can sink your teeth into and point fingers back at us claiming we see ghosts around every corner?  Don’t look to Toronto, not in this case.  Look no further than Yahoo.

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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