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#1 Jedi

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:27 PM

To help pass the time during the lockout, the Detroit Red Wings and Farmers Insurance are hosting a bracket style vote with the fans voting on the greatest Red Wing Alum of all time.

Each day, the fans will vote on one matchup between two players (32 total players). The bracket, shown below, is up on the Wings Twitter and Facebook pages.

Should be interesting to see who the fans vote as the greatest.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:43 PM

Of course, after umpteen rounds we all know its going to come down to Yzerman v Lidstrom v Howe. I would have put Sawchuk in there as the 4th semi-finalist, but they've got him in the same bracket at Yzerman, so Lindsay or Fedorov then.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:59 PM

Fans will obviously vote for Yzerman, because the twitter people are too young to remember Gordie Howe or what he did for the franchise and the NHL in general.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:55 PM

Holy crap. Some of those match-ups are hardly fair and others are too close to call. I think it stands to reason that whomever gets paired with Yzerman is screwed. Imagine me voting against Murph!

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:05 PM

Stevie is going to win this easily. The generation that will vote primarily connects with him the most.

Lots of special names on that bracket.
 
 
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 06:38 PM

I expect it to come down to Stevie versus Lidas

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:39 PM

stevie y easily, more voters watched him play than they watched gordie play.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:39 AM

who is Lidas ?

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 09:03 AM

Yzerman / Lebda.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 09:34 AM

I personally would have Gordie win if I filled it all out. But I think in the first round the closest match-up is Shanny, and Dino. I do love them both.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:10 PM

Mickey Redmond v Igor Larionov today, tougher than I thought. Larionov was clearly a better player overall, won 3 cups with Detroit and also scored one of the most iconic goals in RW history. But Redmond was a very good player on a very bad Wings team, but furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, has gone on to be the voice of the Redwings.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:58 PM

Fans will obviously vote for Yzerman, because the twitter people are too young to remember Gordie Howe or what he did for the franchise and the NHL in general.

I'm too young too.
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Yzerman would have to be the greatest wing alum that I have seen

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 05:09 PM

No way Howe beats Yzerman. Sorry. Nobody would say that Wilt is the GOAT, not Michael.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:39 AM

How about Cheli and vladdy. I wish that Vladdy had been able to play longer...he was amazing to watch
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:51 AM

I expect it to come down to Stevie versus Lidas

Impossible for 2 reasons:

1) Lidas does not exist :lol:
2) Seriously though, typo aside, Yzerman and Lidstrom could only meet in the semis, not the finals.

Shanny vs. Fedorov is a good second round matchup

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:12 PM

I'll be honest, I'd vote Yzerman every time.
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:53 PM

Impossible for 2 reasons:

1) Lidas does not exist :lol:
2) Seriously though, typo aside, Yzerman and Lidstrom could only meet in the semis, not the finals.

Shanny vs. Fedorov is a good second round matchup

Look at the bracket again. Lidstrom and Yzerman are in different "conferences" (so to speak), so it's definitely possible for them to face off in the finals. Whoever designed the bracket did an odd job of it, with the finals lines above and below the Farmers Insurance logo, rather than on opposite ends of it to the left and right.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:03 AM

Look at the bracket again. Lidstrom and Yzerman are in different "conferences" (so to speak), so it's definitely possible for them to face off in the finals. Whoever designed the bracket did an odd job of it, with the finals lines above and below the Farmers Insurance logo, rather than on opposite ends of it to the left and right.

Yeah, I see that now, it originally looked like you would get a winner from the Yzerman bracket take on the winner from the Lidstrom bracket...the winner of which would be in the final against the winner between the Lindsay and Howe brackets.

I'll be interested to see the results from Lidstrom vs. Howe as I assume that is what it will come to in the semis. My guess is the Lidstrom would win because of population likely to be voting on this.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:26 AM

For me this is a two horse race.
Stevie and Gordie.
My eyes lean towards Stevie, but Gordie was Mr Red Wing for many many years before Stevie even put the Winged Wheel on.

My final 4 based on those brackets would be
Yzerman Vs. Feds /Lindsay(the man doesn't get the credit he deserves)
Howe Vs. Lidstrom/Abel (this one is a close one for me but I go with Lids due to seeing him play)

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:28 AM

I'll be interested to see the results from Lidstrom vs. Howe as I assume that is what it will come to in the semis. My guess is the Lidstrom would win because of population likely to be voting on this.

I think you're exactly right. Since the voting is done on Facebook and Twitter, the generation that would vote for Gordie Howe are going to be at a natural disadvantage, because they don't use social media.

My guess, Yzerman vs Lidstrom in the finals, with Stevie taking the title. Regardless of who SHOULD BE in the finals, I just don't see the online voting panning out in any other way.

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