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It’s Not Doom And Gloom In Detroit

from Spector at Fox Sports,

...Don’t however assume the Red Wings glory days are behind them and they’re going to fade away into mediocrity.

As we’ve seen over the past two decades, Red Wings management has been capable of building and maintaining a contender via drafting well, making shrewd trades and free agent signings.

They’ve gone through a few transitions seasons in the past, only to emerge each time with Cup contending rosters.

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from Brian of Genuinely Sarcastic,

We wanted to believe. All of us, to a man/woman. Believe me, even I did. The way the Red Wings dispatched the Sharks in Game 4, it ignited a little bit of hope in all of us. A 7-1 win, Johan Franzen coming alive, that little flicker of hope that exists in all of us, no matter what the circumstance, it burned inside of us for the past two days. We wanted to believe that miracles were possible….

In the end though, the Wings just didn’t want it badly enough. They weren’t as hungry, weren’t as fast, weren’t as good. I was as disgusted as all of you were with some of the calls that happened during the series, but in the end, sometimes you just have to overcome.

read on and thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Red Winger's avatar

Mercifully, this season is over. It just wasn’t meant to be, and only those with rose-colored glasses thought this season had much potential after October.  The writing was on the wall early, but we didn’t want to notice it.

No shame in that. It’s what passionate people do. It’s part of being a fan of this team.

The best fans. The best sport. The best organization in sports.

We are Hockeytown.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/09/10 at 01:22 PM ET

perfection's avatar

Yeah… for the first time in probably 15 years, i’m actually ok with this. i wanted to win, of course, but this team deserves a friggin summer for once. the last three years have just piled up on the shoulders of this aging group and definitely contributed to the early season injuries and the late-game letdowns in the playoffs. they just haven’t had enough rest/training to muster up the will. and it’s just impossible to blame them. this series could have gone either way, no doubt. that makes it a bit harder to swallow. one call here or there, one save here or there, one goal here or there could have changed the entire tone. imagine if we headed home for game 3 tied 1-1 - different series. but, my usual cup or bust mentality really shifted halfway through the season. the injuries and being on the playoff bubble started to really temper the expectations. granted, being the hottest team in the NHL from the Olympics on gave us a new hope and we all started to think maybe we’d just pull it off again, but once we didn’t, i took immediate comfort in the fact that i really didn’t expect us to all year. in fact, i’m proud the guys won a round. and i’m even proud they refused to be swept. when game 4 ended, i immediately started reading all the stories about how we might come back. i have to admit that i just didn’t share the faith… and not because of the mathematical improbability. it’s just that game 4 stomping seemed like a last gasp for an honorable old warrior, who simply refuses to go down without one last charge. i think the Wings gave everything else they had to ensure the handshakes weren’t going to happen on home ice. and i applaud them for that. i mean, could they have won last night? sure. could they have won 2 more? maybe. could they have then marched in and won two more rounds against elite teams? highly doubtful. players were starting to drop from injuries, our stars were starting to look extremely worn, Franzen aside. this season, frankly, just needed to be put out of it’s misery and the fact that we went down fighting like champs makes it ok with me. this isn’t a president’s trophy team losing to a pathetic Oilers squad in the first round. this was a dogged fight that could have gone either way and refs aside, it was fun to watch. i think this summer should see this team coming back fresh and ready to go. if anything, this season was HUGE in the sense that it gave us a new look at Bertuzzi, who should be back fro sure (i really hope his playoff performance has finally silenced the stubbornly persistent haters once and for all… but, his top 6 numbers, attention to defense, and the fact that he played every game this year all for the same money we paid Jason Williams and Chris Osgood didn’t do it, so maybe nothing can) and really showed us what Howard, Eaves, and Miller can do. I think we have three longtime Wings right there that wouldn’t have had the opportunities they had without the injuries. They should be all the better next year. I think once they find the right slot for him, Eaves is going to have another offensive breakout year one of these seasons. He’s got the raw potential, he’s getting his confidence back, he’s found the right team and the right coach. He’s a player for sure. We should sign him for like 5 years because he will be a steal in a few years, mark my words.

anyway - i can’t wait for next season already, and am now excited to simply cheer rabidly for any team the plays the Penguins GO WINGS!!

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/09/10 at 05:01 PM ET

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