It is really eye opening to see the different levels of talent between 03 and now. Even our best player today are not as good as our top guys then. But that is part of the reason why we are going downhill and it has been 5 years since our last cup. We really need Mantha and the next couple of years 1st rounders to turn out.
Guess what? The salary cap didn't exist back then, and Detroit could spend more than almost any other team.
Agree. After the '97 Cup Scotty said "We got a little less pretty and a little more gritty", or words to that effect. I think that right NOW, we are pretty enough, if we can get a little gritty, then we are golden. Especially in the east.
Yeah, it's a good thing we got rid of that scrub Lidstrom. He wasn't gritty at all.