Wednesday, August 23, 2006
But getting there.
When is the last time the Red Wings were not a good team? 1991? Was it 92 and 93 that they were a young and upcoming team that got upset in the first round? That's a fifteen year run.
Holy shit - that's good.
And I think that while they are in decline they have maybe one more divisional title left in them. Part of me thinks Nashville might catch them - that's the key. But if I look at their rosters the Wings still have the edge.
The Wings did have a three year stretch without a Cup between 98 and 02 but that was when they were battling with the Avs and the Stars (and then later the Blues) for conference supremacy.
Since 2002 they have two first round exits and a second round exit as well. To lower seeds in each case. Times have changed.
Yzerman is gone. Shanahan. Now they are a two line team rather then a three line team.
Holmstrom, Lang, Maltby, Draper and even Lidstrom are aging. Lidstrom may have won the Norris but he was ineffective against the Oilers.
Chelios, well, he sold his soul to the Devil years ago.
And the goaltending? Does anyone really think Hasek is going to get it done for this team?
Kronwall is a beaut. Datsyuk too.
And Zetterberg? One of the best. Period.
I think they have one more division title - the D is too good (and Markov will help there as well) and Zetterberg and Datsyuk will carry the offence.
But their days as true contenders are over.
Posted by Black Dog at 8:11 PM