Man I took those losses hard back then. Didn't want to talk to anyone for days. Good old college days.
'03 - was very embarrassing. We were the defending champs. We still had that HOF roster. We played against the Disney Ducks. Getting swept was the worst part of it all. I couldn't look anyone in the eye for some time after that. I think we could have gone past the other teams in the West, but we'd probably lose to Jersey. They had a great team that year.
'04 - Got out of the first round, but that game 5 against the Flames screwed us. I still think we'd win the Cup if that puck doesn't hit Yzerman in the eye. San Hosay were playoff chokers who'd never get to the Finals. Tampa may have beaten us, but at least we'd be in the Finals.
'06 - What a stinker this was. Yzerman's last hurrah was hard to watch. Roloson was like 50 years old and we made him look amazing. In turn, Lilja made Lidstrom look like Aki Berg on that pairing. Having Draper on the top line was a joke. Maybe this was the worst of the three considering it was the third choke in a row. We'd probably lose to Anaheim in the following round, though. They had our number.
Looking back at it, all the teams we lost to went to game 7 of the SCF so there's something to be proud of. Also, I always thought the WIngs would be harder to beat if they got out of the early rounds. We'd do better against established teams than teams full of no-name jobbers relying on some super goalie. Too bad we never got to find out.
Oh and Shanahan was awful in all those playoffs. Probably the main reason the team didn't keep him.
Wow! He may be completely right, and the reporter may be a complete jerk, but when you are a professional you can't speak to the media that way. Just makes you come off as immature and ridicoulas.
Pretty much. I've lived in towns before where reporters never asked tough questions of their coaches. As a fan, I hated that.
Boyle is an athlete and getting criticized for bad play is not out of line. I haven't read all the reporter wrote about him, but as long as there were no personal attacks on Boyle or his family, he's fair game.
Bring his mate Zaitsev for the D as well, could be a possibility and would improve the roster straight away. Zaitsev in for Q and Alex in for Pav. He's the only one out there that we could likely get to replace Pavs production, Stamkos maybe but can't but can't see him coming to Detroit.
Vassili Zaitsev? I guess we do need a sniper, so why the hell not.
He played at such a high level in his career, that it was hard watching him play this season. It would be like some retired pro wrestler making a comeback and looking like dirt. Datsyuk is leaving at the right time. I don't want to see him look any worse than he did this season.
That's why watching Zetterberg and Kronwall will be even worse next season. They'll be one year older.