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by George Malik on 04/18/12 at 10:48 PM ET
Updated with a belated Nicklas Lidstrom interview at 9:06 PM: In lieu of a belated off-day update (which is in the works), here’s a bit of a whopper to tide you over: Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to WBBL’s Huge Show on Wednesday afternoon, suggesting that the overbuilt Predators may lead the series by a 3-1 margin, but aren’t exactly dominating play in what remains a “really close series”:
I’m not sold on the, “It’s just parity” suggestion, and I don’t know if the “veteran team” can just keep on keepin’ on and assume that they can pull off yet another miraculous comeback…
But I will say this: in the cap era, the Red Wings are the definition of an elite team by cap standards in that they make the playoffs every season, they win over half their games, they usually make multiple-round playoff pushes and they present a winning, player-friendly atmosphere which attracts players to take less than market value salaries to join the Big Red Machine.
The Red Wings will remain a cap-era contender—and can reload and adjust pretty damn quickly—under the current and probable future economic constraints which the league imposes upon its team. Holland is right that the series isn’t over, and that the Wings only have to worry about winning a road game while accentuating the positive, but if the Wings do not prevail…He will need to do some “fixing” of a team that isn’t necessarily broken, nor do the Wings need a rebuild to base his team around young 20-somethings acquired via high draft picks when this team has and will continue to make the playoffs every year despite being older, smaller and less-heralded than playoff and media darlings like the Predators.
Update: Fox Sports Detroit’s John Keagint spoke to Huge as well, and he talks about more than just Wings stuff, discussing the hazards of being a broadcaster asking hard questions and the states of the Tigers and Lions before moving on to the Wings:
And this is late, but here’s Nicklas Lidstrom speaking to Mitch Albom on WJR on Monday:
Lidstrom only talks about the Wings-Predators series from the perspective of a team facing a 2-1 deficit, so there are no career extension hints or anything like that. It’s a short interview, too.
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