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from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News,

The following are Jim's exclusive comments on assorted subjects:

On Building Detroit's First Championship Team: "We had Steve Yzerman but we needed a few more superstars to go along with him. We got two in the 1989 Draft -- Lidstrom and Federov -- so we had three world-class players. We then made a deal to add a power forward, Brendan Shanahan, giving up Paul Coffey and Keith Primeau!!! These four players drove the bus."

About The Current Rebuild: "It's been long and tough but we are making slow, gradual progress and getting better. We now have terrific young players such as Dylan Larkin, Lucas Raymond, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Moritz Seidel, the young defenseman who won the Calder Trophy.

About The Current Rebuild: "It's been long and tough but we are making slow, gradual progress and getting better. We now have terrific young players such as Dylan Larkin, Lucas Raymond, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Moritz Seidel, the young defenseman who won the Calder Trophy.

Looking Ahead: "Those young players are the building blocks and we'll keep adding to them. Steve has acquired a lot of extra Draft picks and is using them wisely."

Playoff Possibilities: "I suspect that we're getting closer to competing for a playoff spot but now -- in a 32-team NHL -- it's never been so tough with 16 teams not making it. I feel that we're two seasons away but we are getting better."

Overall Overview: "Steve Yzerman has just completed his third season. We have improved some in each of his three seasons and we will be somewhat better in the upcoming season because he added four good players from Free Agency in July. Steve got goalie Ville Husso, right wing David Perron, who can score, Andrew Copp, who can play center or wing, and Ben Chiarot, a defenseman who is big and mobile. These four players are upgrades for us. I believe that our team can push for 90 points!"

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RedMenace's avatar

Stan, come on.

“Federov?”

How long have you been in the business? You should know better.

Or maybe it was Jimmy D. Either way, come on.

Posted by RedMenace from A Tormented Hellscape on 08/08/22 at 06:38 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Also, who is this “Moritz Seidel” character?

But Swing Low Sweet Chiarot’s name you get right? My face is being palmed so hard right now.

Posted by RedMenace from A Tormented Hellscape on 08/08/22 at 06:41 PM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

Stan is 90 years old.  Doesn’t The Hockey News have editors?  Blame them.  It is a minor error compared to most - think about the times there were mis-spellings on the Stanley Cup itself!  (Bqstqn Bruins in 72 and 1981 NY Ilanders are two I recall - and I think they screwed up Bob Gainey too!)

I thought it was a great read - to hear from Stan and his old pal Jimmy Devallano, who is revered here on Long Island as well as Detroit.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 08/08/22 at 08:30 PM ET

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(Bqstqn Bruins in 72 and 1981 NY Ilanders are two I recall - and I think they screwed up Bob Gainey too!)

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 08/08/22 at 08:30 PM ET

Wikipedia lists about a dozen errors, including “Alex Belvecchio”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Cup#Engraving_errors

Posted by EthrDemon on 08/09/22 at 05:28 AM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Stan is 90 years old.  Doesn’t The Hockey News have editors?  Blame them.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 08/08/22 at 08:30 PM ET

I was unaware of his age, but it was just a little ribbing. I have nothing against Stan Fischler or the piece.

You know what they say about letting people think you’re stupid instead of opening your mouth and proving them correct?

That’s me in a nutshell. Open mouth, with both feet crammed inside for good measure.

 

Posted by RedMenace from A Tormented Hellscape on 08/09/22 at 06:35 PM ET

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