Detroit would be a better team with Datsyuk and Stamkos than Zetterberg and Stamkos. Although both teams would be VERY good with either of those combos. Zetterberg NOR Datsyuk are being traded so this is all for fun, but what will be fun is if/when Holland gets that type of scorer to play on the same lilne with BOTH Zetterberg and Datsyuk...and that is a major missing piece that Holland needs to address this summer...
Moving to the D. Some folks here say that the Wings aren't ONE superstar defenseman away from the Stanley Cup, but if you look at our Stanley Cup winning teams, each and every one of those teams had ONE superstar defenseman and 5-6 solid others. (outside of 1997 when Vladdy was here and Lids was just becoming a superstar)
1997 - Lidstrom, Konstantinov, Fetisov, Murphy, Ward, Pushor, Rouse (Dandenault was still a RW)
1998 - Lidstrom, Murphy, Fetisov, Rouse, Mironov, Eriksson, Macoun (Dandenault was still a RW)
2002 - Lidstrom, Dandenault, Chelios, Duchesne, Fischer, Olausson (Krupp, Slegr)
2008 - Lidstrom, Chelios, Kronwall, Lebda, Rafalski, Stuart, Lilja
The common here is ONE superstar and a group of level B solid defenders. Right now we have a whole D corps of level B-C defenders
Kronwall - Ericsson - Dekeyser - Smith those four will be your solid group of level B defenders, we NEED that superstar to anchor this team for the next 6-8 years+.
SUPERSTAR - Kronwall
Ericsson - Dekeyser
Smith - B defender
That's the key on D.
Lefty, you're reaching. Lidstrom, Fetisov, Murphy, and Chelios are all Hall of Famers. Konstantinov would have been. In the 1997-1998 season Fetisov played 18:00 minutes a night and Murphy 25:00 minutes. I can't find numbers for the year before but logic dictates it was probably not less icetime given that they were a year younger. In 2001-2002 Chelios played 25 minutes a night. In 1997-1998 Lidstrom played 27:00 minutes a night, in 2001-2002 he played 28:00, and in 2007-2008 he played 26:00...again, no stats for 1996-1997 but there's no reason to assume a huge change one way or another. Finally, because he was only on the first Cup team there's no stats for Konstantinov, but considering he was considered the better of the two (at the time) between he and Lidstrom, you have to assume it was a lot for him as well.
It's not like they were a bunch of young kids who hadn't reached their potential, or else old guys who were past it. They were Hall of Fame players logging HUGE minutes. You've got a moderately valid point for 2008...maybe...but that was post cap and our defense was about as good as it could be given those constraints.
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