1. Nobody gave LA a chance at the beginning of the year when they were struggling. If you need proof, google it. You're a big boy now, I'm sure you can find it all by yourself.
2. Well, it starts at the bottom. Better prospects. 6 or 7 of which will be turning pro this season. Then you look at the core group. There aren't any real superstars yet they still managed to lead the league in points for a 1/3 of the year. In the end, injuries killed their top 6 and they had no depth and could not recover. If you take the injuries out of the equation, maybe the Wild could have been a playoff team I don't know. Then you look at Detroit. Average prospects. 2 or 3 might turn into something but certainly won't be the caliber of a Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Lidstrom. Even if everything goes right with the prospects we currently have, we're still looking at a bunch of players who couldn't come close to standing up to the superstars that we have now. 3 straight years of early playoff exits, a core group with only 1 player under the age of 30, no 1st round pick this year, no Lidstrom. We're on a path right now where things are only going to get worse in Detroit if major changes aren't made starting with the young talent. Meanwhile, Minnesota has top prospects, a good YOUNG core and money to spend in free agency just like us. All signs point to a changing of the guard and we need to do everything we can to start lessening the blow that will be losing Datsyuk and Zetterberg in a few years.
1. Never said I wasn't a big boy but LA is in a TOTALLY different stratosphere then the garbage Wild are. People never wrote LA off from the beginning of the season either. Maybe after mid season when they were looking outside in everyone started to question them, but to compare there situation with the wild is ludicrous.
2. What did I tell you about those stupid pills? You must of upped your dosage last night. I almost stopped reading after the underlined/bolded part above. You just got done saying Minnesota has the deepest prospect poll and so many "above average guys" then why on God's green earth when some of the top 6 were injured didn't they call up/sign some of this "world class" talent? I like how you call the wild prospects superstars when they haven't even played in the NHL, dude you aren't a "NHL fan first and foremost" you are just DUMB. And 3 early playoff exists doesn't really do justice for your argument. Look at the three seasons before then and its a whooooole different game. Please tell me how the WIld are doing with playoff success? You got Dany f***in Heatly bro, the holy grail, yeah man! We don't need first round picks, you ever wonder why we are so good? Look at our drafts dude. We own! Just to help out my case here take a look a the 2002 NHL draft:
Jiri Hudler- 58th, Tomas Fleischmann- 63rd, Valterri Filppula- 95th, Derek Meech, Jonathan Ericsson- 291st. That is just in one year, all those players are NHL players and none in the first round, Hudler was 2 picks away from being a 3rd rounder. Ericsson was the last pick in the entire draft. Now I am not saying all those guys are "superstars" like you like to throw around so loosely but they are al NHL regulars, and Filppula the best of the bunch. Now mind you this is ONE draft, I can go on an on about gems we take in later rounds. So that first round pick you mention doesn't mean dick all. Yeah yeah yeah things are going to get worse in Detroit, just like everyone thought when Yzerman was gone, and Shanahan. The world was over and Detroit would be outside looking in. All those old guys suck!!! Well how's 21 straight years off playoff hockey sound? Pretty good, we'll be fine. Detroit is one of the best run organizations in the league, if not the best. And you think Parise is going to Minnesota because they will "offer the most money without a doubt" then you are flippin' crazy because there is no way in hell he wants to sign a long term contract with a team that is not on the uprise. So go back and get your facts straight, look up the definition of NHL superstar, does some research on Red Wings drafting, lay of those stupid pills, come down off cloud 9, and then MAYBE you will understand a little bit more with what's going on!