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“If you wonder why we’ve worried about Lidstrom leaving, it’s because look what happens when Pronger leaves teams.  They don’t recover. It’s pretty apparent what he does for teams and he’s even more appreciated when he’s not there because you come to appreciate all he does. Look at Edmonton. They had one great year. That wasn’t an accident. Look what’s happened to them since.

“It was all because they had Pronger. Those kind of special players can do that for a team.”

Ken Holland, GM of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on Chris Pronger from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.

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MarkK's avatar

Sad but true.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 05/26/10 at 11:34 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

I think the Ducks are more of an apt analogy, but point taken. And consider Lidstrom is simply better than Pronger, and now you know the impact.

They need Lidstrom for at least one more year, if for nothing more than to help Ericsson and Kindl. Both guys have to play in the top six next season, and Lidstrom’s influence will help them polish their raw talent and set this team up better for the years after Nick does in fact retire.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/26/10 at 12:55 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Maybe Kenny is getting us ready for Lidstrom retiring?

Hey, if “The Captain” can walk away, it opens the door for a legend like Lidstrom to walk away as well. I hope he doesn’t.

The past few years consisted of The Exodus by…Bowman, McClellan, Hossa, Samuelson, Hudler, now Yzerman and maybe Lidstrom?

The Detroit Red Wing philosophy has spread to Chicago and now Tampa. The good thing is the NHL will have a few better franchises - the bad, Detroit has lost some of it’s luster.

Posted by TheFreak on 05/26/10 at 04:19 PM ET

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Not that I would ever disagree with Ken Holland, but ..... Does Pronger just opt to leave when he sees things are about to head south, but is still a valuable enough commodity that he manages to catch on with another competitive club? Otherwise this would also imply that if Hossa joins a team they are destined to go to the Cup Finals, not that he has had a pick of teams and chooses to go to contender(s).

Having said that, the wings have proven that having a secure 25 minutes of no worry defense with a top defensemen can be as good as having a top goaltender.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/26/10 at 06:20 PM ET

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