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by Paul on 11/01/09 at 02:32 AM ET
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
...a quote uttered last postseason by their assistant general manager, Jim Nill, seems to confirm my suspicion that after winning the Cup in 2008, the Red Wings spent much of last season tip-toeing on the fine line between confidence and arrogance — and erroneously crossed it in the playoffs.
“Sometimes, you’re a product of your environment,” Nill said last April. “This year, our team is so good that one night it’s (Pavel) Datsyuk, and the next night, it’s (Henrik) Zetterberg; one night, it’s (Nicklas) Lidstrom. And it goes on and on. And some of these other teams, it’s (Evgeni) Malkin and (Sidney) Crosby, and that’s kind of their team.”
“Their team” kind of won the Cup by taking the last two Stanley Cup Final games, holding all those great Red Wings players to two combined goals in those contests.
Nill added that “it goes on and on” with the Red Wings, but he’s wrong. History suggest it just ends one day for dynasties — often when they least expect it.
After all, it takes a lot of arrogance to believe that what goes up doesn’t eventually come down.
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