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23 Years Is A Long Time

from rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

The last time the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs…

• Gustav Nyquist was less than one year old. Today, he leads the Red Wings with 28 goals.

• Wayne Gretzky had just completed a 40-goal, 142-point season in his second year with the Los Angeles Kings.

• Teemu Selanne, who missed most of the season with a leg injury, had just finished scoring 12 points in 11 games with Jokerit. He would play two more seasons in Finland before coming over to play in the NHL with Winnipeg. Meanwhile, Jaromir Jagr scored 50 points in 51 games for Kladno in Czechoslovakia (yes, it was still called that) and would make his NHL debut the following season.

• Alexander Mogilny had just completed his rookie NHL season and Martin Brodeur wouldn’t be drafted by New Jersey until after the playoffs.

• The following players also made their debuts: Rob Ray, Donald Audette, Rob Blake, Andrew Cassels, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Curtis Joseph, Tie Domi, Igor Larionov and Olaf Kolzig.

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SK77's avatar

• The Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes and the current incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets, did not exist.

Man, the world really did used to be a better place.

Posted by SK77 on 04/10/14 at 11:56 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

And the last time the Leafs won a Cup, TVs were black and white. Just love seeing the Leafs fail.

A long personal dislike for this Wings fan.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/10/14 at 11:58 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

I remember the leaf nation inside the Joe/Cobo rat tunnels after we last beat them boasting about how they would be playing post season hockey and we’d be watching. oops

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 04/10/14 at 12:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wings have some ridiculously huge defensemen in the pipeline.  RWC has a feature on 6’5”, 215lbs. Mitchell Wheaton.

Mike McKee.  6’5”, 250lbs.
Richard Nedomlel.  6’5”, 228lbs.
Mark McNulty.  6’6”, 193lbs.

The smallest Wings prospect defenseman is Ben Marshall but he’s a sturdier, stronger-on-his-skates version of Rafalski.

Posted by SYF from the C7.R, flyin' low and feelin' mean on 04/10/14 at 03:04 PM ET

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Have been DRW fan since 1985 and probably never been prouder than this year.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/10/14 at 03:55 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Mike McKee.  6’5”, 250lbs

These days, SYF, McKee is being groomed as a forward. He may still play some as a defenseman, but if he ever makes it to the NHL, it’ll probably be as a 4th line grinder/enforcer – but that’s not a bad thing if it all works out.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/10/14 at 06:01 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Word.  I trust he’ll find his game under Andy Murray at WMU.  If he has anything going for him, it’s that he’s a really good skater for a big man.

Posted by SYF from the C7.R, flyin' low and feelin' mean on 04/10/14 at 06:32 PM ET

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