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Ex-Wings Impressive In The Final

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

The smartest team in hockey wasn’t smart enough, this time around, to beat the salary cap.

And the fallout, for the Detroit Red Wings, was most likely what killed their 2009-10 season. Mikael Samuelsson escaped to Vancouver, where he scored 30 goals and eight more in the playoffs. Marian Hossa and his under-appreciated 200-foot game left for Chicago. Waterbug Jiri Hudler bolted to Moscow Dynamo of the KHL . . . and then, there’s the pair of Detroit bit players who have figured prominently in the boxscores of two of the three games in this Stanley Cup final.

How much better, and deeper, would the Wings have been had they not lost Game 1 hero Tomas Kopecky to Chicago through free agency, or traded Ville Leino, whose third-period goal forced ovetime in Game 3, to Philadelphia in February for the proverbial bag of pucks?

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  Tags: tomas+kopecky, ville+leino

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George Malik's avatar

How could the Wings be “smart” enough to magically find room to keep everybody?  That’s a stupid, stupid statement.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/03/10 at 08:28 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Right, the Wings’ depth clearly took a hit with the departure of Tomas Kopecky.  Laughable.  The thing that these idiots don’t ever take into account is the fact that none of these players besides Hossa contributed for the Wings like they do in their new homes.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 06/03/10 at 10:32 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

Marian Hossa wasn’t underappreciated - he was too expensive.

Hudler wanted more money (tax free, too) than Detroit could afford to give him.

Sammy wanted more money than Detroit could afford, and a bigger role, which they didn’t have available at the time.

Kopecky has a fragile face.

If there was not a salary cap, I am willing to bet that at least two of those players would still be with Detroit. The salary cap is designed to keep teams from getting “too deep” so they are “too good” for “too long” because the suits in charge have decided that is boring and that different teams should have a chance to win from time to time.

No matter how smart an organization is, they can’t convince players to take ten cents on the dollar just so they can afford $80 million worth of talent under a $50 million salary cap.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 06/04/10 at 12:26 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Hossa left for more money than any competitive team could afford…and that includes the Hawks. And they’ll be paying the price for his signing this summer when they’ll be losing or giving away more players than the Wings did.

Happy “left” so he could make a great paycheck and still remain a Red Wing. That wasn’t a “loss” for the Wings. That was a win-win situation for both the team and Happy.

And if anyone thinks the Wings would have gone one game farther in the playoffs with either Sammy or Kopecky onboard, they’re delusional. The Wings went as far as a season-long-decimated team could go.

The smartest team in hockey wasn’t smart enough, this time around, to beat the salary cap.

And the fallout, for the Detroit Red Wings, was most likely what killed their 2009-10 season.

Not even close to being correct. Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of what the Wings went through this year would know that. Apparently, Mr. Cole isn’t one of those people.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/04/10 at 01:41 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Kopecky has a fragile face.

Zing!

Posted by calquake on 06/04/10 at 02:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, Cole.  You haven’t a g-ddamn clue to what you’re talking about.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 06/05/10 at 07:18 PM ET

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