Vladdy16 hits the nail in the head. Wings fans have been spoiled for decades with Illitch. Those who were here for the lean years before can fully appreciate it. Those who've only been fans since the "boom years" can't fully appreciate what we have as Wings fans. I've said it before about how NO GM in the league is going to give Detroit a break in a deal and be responsible for helping them get back on top. Decades of low draft picks, high amounts of man games lost to injury, the tragic ends to the careers of Konstantinov and Fischer... it's truly amazing the Wings have been able to succeed as long as they have. This is a down year in a big way and they are STILL in contention for a playoff spot.
I'm NOT saying long-time fans are better, but folks need some perspective. Illitch has been the model owner for an NHL franchise in many ways.
This needs to go in the "must read" thread before anyone is granted posting rights!
Did anyone else notice how nice he was...just like his sports idol Lids? I wouldnt mind a mean nasty dude like Weber but if DD turns out even 1/2 as good as Lids and is kind and respectful to the game and fellow players I am all in with the kid..
I still get very frustrated seeing glimpses of Mules abilities....he had a couple moves last night that had me on edge of my seat but I digress.
I know this is after the fact, but I've always liked Cleary. He is a warrior. I believe he's one of the few who plays UP to his ability. He does NOT back down. He has saved two goals in the past three or four games. And he scored another goal last night while other Wings either stood like statues during power plays or made iffy, cutesy passes; or just did not play like a team. They mostly reacted instead of acting.
Dannys heart desire and motor fused with Mules body and skills!!! If only:)
Great signing by the RW's. yes it will take him some time to adjust to the NHL. he needs some practice just to learn everyones moves, habits, and the communications on ice. No rush. That does give us 10 Dmen now, so yes some one or ones will be moved in some form or another.
On a different note. My gosh. Some of you are just plain silly. Just because you didn't get the info YOU wanted when YOU wanted it, you go off into bizzareland. In fact, I would like to invite all of you guys to my house to play poker. Bring lots of cash.
This was DD'd biggest day of his life to date, and HE had all the right to due it whatever way HE wanted to. This day was all about HIM not any of us. You only get one first pro contract. It is kinda like your first kiss, first "time" first job, first love etc.....
I honestly could not even imagine what this day must have been like for him.
As kid I dreamed of playing shortstop for the Tigers...it didnt happen:). . DD is living out every kids dream...so cool!