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#41 Yak19

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:45 PM

What a career turn around, what a career, what an absolute gem of a guy.


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Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:49 PM

Draper, thank you so much for servicing the Red Wings so well for many years. It is sad to see him go, but everyone needs to remember one thing: Never let people write you off, put you down, and say you can't do it(whatever the situation). I think Kris Draper is a great testimony to this. He got traded for one dollar for crying out loud. However, he didn't let that put him down, and he was able to have a fulfilling NHL career and was a great player and person.
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:53 PM

whose going to knock the pucks over for warmups now?
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 04:00 PM

Why a full fledge press conference for some (Rafalski, Draper) and only a telephone conference for others (Ozzie)? Was it Ozzie's wish?

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 04:04 PM

Thank you good sir! You were at the heart of many good memories that will not soon be forgot.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 04:12 PM

To a class act, what a great career. Hope to see Draper around hockey. :clap: :clap:
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 04:28 PM

Why a full fledge press conference for some (Rafalski, Draper) and only a telephone conference for others (Ozzie)? Was it Ozzie's wish?


I feel like it had to have been.

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#48 puckloo39

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 04:35 PM

Best wishes, Kris! What a great guy, inspirational and matchless in the dressing room, on the ice, and as a team-mate. None finer than our Drapes!

This is a sad day for me. There goes the last of an era, in my mind, the last of the Grind Line to hang 'em up. :(

I won't forget what he did for this team, sacrificing his face even, and acting as a catalyst for countless plays which swung a game our way. He might have only cost a dollar, but Kris Draper is absolutely priceless, in my book.

Love ya, Drapes. :wub:

Who's going to be the Birthday Bandit and toss shaving cream pies now? :ph34r:

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 04:48 PM

Thanks for a great career Kris. Another of the Old Wings is lost, all that remains is Lidstrom and Holmstrom. Still miss the old Grind Line.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 05:27 PM

This is a sad off-season...I'm glad I got to meet him while he was still playing. :(

Thanks for being such a boss all the time Drapes...good luck in the future.
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 05:32 PM

Kris Draper .. grew up watching him since the same time as Ozzie.. i will miss Drapes! what a class act. playoff leader, mad speed in his young days and still had great wheels as a 40 yr old... great pk guy .. all in all what a man what a hockey player thanks for everything and the 4 CUPS Drapes!!!

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 05:44 PM

Sometimes I feel like the old lady from Titanic and wish I can go back to the time when all these players were in their prime.

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#53 GMRwings1983

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:05 PM

He's been a Wing since I was in grade school.

It'll feel weird not seeing him out there.
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#54 WingZNut13

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:17 PM

He has been a Wing since I started watching the Wings at the age of 8.

Everyone here has hit it on the head....truly a genuine individual who loved the WIngs and loved hockey and was loved by all his teammates. I was shocked when I read this but I think it's for the best of the team.

Drapes....thanks for everything you did! You truly will be missed and you hard work and character rival anyone else's as the best.
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#55 CaliWingsNut

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:37 PM

Why a full fledge press conference for some (Rafalski, Draper) and only a telephone conference for others (Ozzie)? Was it Ozzie's wish?


I think it was Osgood's decision.
He was up in Canada at the time and I don't think he wanted to come to Detroit just to do a retirement press conference.
The team also had something setup for Conklin pending Osgood's decision and the team likely didn't want to wait and risk losing him (granted he already had been a UFA for a bit).

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 08:55 PM

Not many guys get to enjoy this:

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Congrats on a great career, Drapes. You will be fondly remembered and terribly missed.

#57 CaliWingsNut

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 08:59 PM

Not many guys get to enjoy this:


Or the cleanup from it... :hehe:

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:04 PM

were there limits on roster size prior the lockout?

i'm wondering how much the salary cap has shortened the careers of the rank and file players.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:10 PM

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:13 PM

Only two left from the Old Guard. Thanks for the memories Drapes.

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