Can't believe what some of you are saying. Being a Cup contender every year was awesome.
Just don't forget, we weren't exactly winning it every year. Teams like Colorado, New Jersey, Dallas and Philadelphia were perennial contenders as well. There was only one Cup to go around. It was very competitive.
Rebuilding mode is only fun for video games when you're doing GM mode.
I'm staying out of this discussion due to the fact that I get overly passionate about Sergei Fedorov at times. It's awkward for everyone.
To the larger topic, I will say there was nothing like failing miserably all those years, getting so close, and then finally winning. Those are my favorite hockey years, and I get tingly and nostalgic whenever I think about it. I forget that not every Wings fan has been around that long.
Posted by F.Michael
on 02 September 2015 - 12:02 PM
I became a fan in 1984, and I cherish each, and every season of Detroit Red Wing hockey.
IMHO - nuthin beats the early 90's thru mid 2000 when Detroit was one of the top teams in the league year after year.
Yeah - some will point to Ilitch's bank account, and his willingness to spend on UFA's, but a significant portion of our rosters back then were made up of smart drafting, savvy trades, and of course some luck.
Those years we had a little of everything; talent, grit/toughness, coaching, and above all the leadership of Steve Yzerman.
Really was craving some red wing hockey thank god for youtube. Wow this is absolutely insane were they like this for the whole Lidstrom era? Beatiful plays and good grit (seeing helm get hit into the boards twice by the garbage stars pissed me off) Also the Z and D chemistry that I only get to see on the PP was amazing as well, almost unreal. Nyquist to me is Hudler 2.0 maybe with a higher ceiling for the offensive side of the game. Have you guys really been watching this brilliance for 24 years straight im so jealous. I also watch a lot of the 90s highlights. I tried to find a thread to post this in but didn't have a lot of time so if someone can move it there i would reallh appreciate it, also really enjoyed Tats celly after his first goal and now i know why some people call Lidstrom Godstrom as well, I also watch a lot of videos about Gordie Howe and watched his special on nhl network lastnight and it made me cry what an amazing and HILARIOUS player he was. I also feel like such an ass after giving Z s*** about his playoff performance last year please understand I didn't get to witness all of his prime like most of you.
I know that the general opinion these days is that Zetterberg should play on Datsyuk's wing. And I'm not even against that really. Or at least starting the season that way. But eventually I'd like to see Zetterberg line up next to Richards.
First, because stylistically I think they'd play well with one another. Both are supremely slick offensive players who read the game insanely well. I think they'd give teams fits the way Selanne and Koivu did for Anaheim a couple years ago.
Secondly, because Tomas Tatar is the best scoring winger we've got. He already plays well with Datsyuk, and I'd hate to see his ice time reduced because "let's reunite Dats and Z, that worked 8 years ago". Tatar with Datsyuk and not Helm (Abby) is a legit first line with scoring potential. A full season on the top line and Tatar will be the first Wing since Franzen and Hossa to score 30+ goals. Something I don't see Zetterberg doing this year, no matter whose line he's on.
The #Leafs have hired Jacques Lemaire as Special Assignment Coach. #TMLtalk
Hmmm...Shanahan, Lamoreillo, Babcock, Lemaire. Sounds like a good management group. I just wonder if they've got enough ego ya know? Like, do they have someone willing to take charge and be the boss, is my concern. Lol.
I can't wait for this to fail.
I mean, what could go wrong with a plan to remake the 1995 New Jersey Devils, only without all the great players and in an era where that style of play is largely unsuccessful?