Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/03/10 at 07:15 PM ET
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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