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Espo: Wings Have Earned Respect

Phil Esposito, blogging for the National Post, writes today that the same vets who many had written off as too old are leading the charge. 

You can’t believe how much the Detroit Red Wings have impressed me this playoff series. Come on, they’ve impressed you too, haven’t they?

It’s veteran leadership from the coach and GM all the way down to the goaltending, where even the back-up is a Stanley Cup champion. Why did we forget all of that? With 10 players with over 100 games of playoff experience, you can look at it two ways: They know what they’re doing, or they’re too old to do what they want to do. Obviously, it’s the first of the two options that is paying off.


Esposito also has some advice for Wing fans falling back on the laziest, most ridiculous crutch ever.

To Red Wing fans though, stop complaining about a lack of respect. Just sit back and enjoy the ride and if it ends with another championship, then you can say “I told you so.” You were right and a lot of us were wrong. What more do you want?

Please, I’m asking all of you, if I ever use the words “dis”, “disrespect” or “light beer” in this blog promise me you’ll stop reading immediately.

The Detroit Red Wings have never, and will never, suffer from a lack of respect.  Fans claiming that are taking the easy way out.  If the Wings were overlooked going into this playoff year, it’s because they earned that slight by their performances the last three playoffs.

That’s not “disrespect”, that’s reality.


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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