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#1 GMRwings1983

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:12 PM

Either last night or a few games ago, Mickey Redmond said something about the Wings likely being tired because of all the playoff games they've played the last few years, and how they've played more games than anyone else.

That got me thinking. In the mid 90's, this team was making long playoff runs every year, yet I don't remember them being too tired to win games consistently the following year? Also, this team can't be any older than those teams we had in the 90's. Those teams had lots of veterans on them.

So does anyone else not buy this argument about the team being too tired? There are many reasons for why we are in this position this year, but I don't think fatigue is one of the main ones, or else we wouldn't have the dominance that we had in the 90's.

For that matter, you could say that about any other dynasty that made long playoff runs every year like the Isles and Oilers.
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:17 PM

It's an excuse, just like any other one.

It's not an excuse that I'm going to accept.

They are professionals.
Playing 82 games PLUS multiple rounds in the playoffs is what they are paid to do.

I don't think any of the Wings players would accept this as an excuse either.
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:26 PM

I agree. It is supposed to be every team's goal and obligation to try to get deep in the playoffs every year, and I hate to hear it used as an excuse.
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:30 PM

:ph34r: The Red Wing teams in the 90's had a higher % of Canadian players - therefore they had more heart, and a desire to win unlike todays heartless Euro based squad :ph34r:

Seriously though...I dunno what to think...I'm certain the long playoff runs these past few years have had their effect, but like some have pointed out - these guys are pros, and they should be used to the rigors of the game.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:34 PM

:ph34r: The Red Wing teams in the 90's had a higher % of Canadian players - therefore they had more heart, and a desire to win unlike todays heartless Euro based squad :ph34r:

Seriously though...I dunno what to think...I'm certain the long playoff runs these past few years have had their effect, but like some have pointed out - these guys are pros, and they should be used to the rigors of the game.


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Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:58 PM

This is an excuse. They had most of June, all of July, and most of August to rest. Two months is plenty. Also, what about the Pens? They had playoff runs just as long as ours, and they are doing fine this year. This whole excuse just makes it sound like a high school hockey team that is barely conditioned. These are professional athletes.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:02 PM

its not an excuse if it's true...


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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:56 PM

its not an excuse if it's true...


just sayin


I can't think of a three year span where they made the Conference Finals or Stanley Cup Finals in a row. They have usually been all the way or get out in the first or second round. I don't think all the guys who were injured for long periods this year should be tired, but certain guys like Datsyuk, Lidstrom, and Stuart have logged a lot of tough minutes this year, because they have had to make up for players out. Those guys have the right to be tired.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:58 PM

I don't think the tired thing is valid when talking between different seasons. As said above, these guys get 2 months to rest up their bodies so I don't think that excuse is totally valid. I do think there can be some mental fatigue, as that can last a pretty long time if you can't shake it during summer vacation.

If they are tired, I think it has more to do with the compacted schedule and them having to do western conference travel. Not really different than any other year.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:58 PM

I can't think of a three year span where they made the Conference Finals or Stanley Cup Finals in a row. They have usually been all the way or get out in the first or second round. I don't think all the guys who were injured for long periods this year should be tired, but certain guys like Datsyuk, Lidstrom, and Stuart have logged a lot of tough minutes this year, because they have had to make up for players out. Those guys have the right to be tired.


From 95 to 98, they made three Stanley Cup Finals appearances and an appearance in the WCF in 96.

Other dynasties have had even longer runs than that.
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:17 PM

I don't think the Red Wings are physically tired to go all the way. I think it's more mentally, the way they play the fire they use to have is just not there.

I think they need some new blood, some like Drake or Hossa that gave them the extra energy boost, that's all there missing.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:29 PM

From 95 to 98, they made three Stanley Cup Finals appearances and an appearance in the WCF in 96.

Other dynasties have had even longer runs than that.


You are right about those years. You do have to factor in how much TV has affected every thing, though. You used to always get 1-2 days between games. Now, they are trying to cram everything into as little time as possible.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:29 PM

I don't see how that can have any effect on them this season, if I run 10 miles today and my friend runs three miles today, and we both take a month off to rest, we'll be starting even again assuming that neiher of us were injured. It's an excuse.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:33 PM

This is an excuse. They had most of June, all of July, and most of August to rest. Two months is plenty. Also, what about the Pens? They had playoff runs just as long as ours, and they are doing fine this year. This whole excuse just makes it sound like a high school hockey team that is barely conditioned. These are professional athletes.


Much, much younger core and they play in the East.
 
 
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:53 AM

I think there may be at least some mental lapses throughout the year following a deep run with a lot of teams. But as far as being tired I don't think the players want to think of it that way. Mostly I think the league has just become more and more competitive, for both players on individual levels, and teams overall. We don't see teams win 4 in a row anymore like the 80s...and even now just going back to back is becoming more difficult.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 11:08 AM

It is real, and not just an "excuse", though I agree it is not as much of an excuse as it used to be -- considering how much better conditioned players are nowadays and how far along sports medicine has come. The Islanders in the early 80s are a classic case of deep playoff runs and injuries taking a huge toll over repeated deep playoff runs. Players play through injuries they normally might sit out from regularly in the playoffs... which can often make it worse; and there is no question the intensity in the playoffs is at a level we rarely see in the regular season. Emotionally and physically, it takes a toll.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 11:13 AM

they're still tired after things that happened 1-2 years ago?

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 11:27 AM

No excuse, considering they have plenty of time between Mid-June and training camp to recover. If these supposedly fine-tuned athlete bodies can't handle that, how the hell have I worked 7-12's for 6 months at a time and managed to still be alive with my soft belly?

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 03:52 PM

I think it's the injuries. Look at how we've been playing lately. We could be hitting our stride at the right time.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 03:57 PM

Agreed with Barrie, it's the best time for the team to get hot.





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