I just wanted to start a topic for us to say Thanks to the Red Wings for providing us with a great regular season despite all the adversities and drama and odds against us! (Thank God, we didn't hear the "Too Old" card this year.)
So, despite all of this:
- Nick Lidstrom retiring
- Tomas Holmstrom retiring
- Brad Stuart trade
- New Asst. Coach
- Losing out on Parise, Suter, Schultz, Doan and every other "Top" UFA
- Countless injuries to our Defense creating our youngest average D since Nick and Vladdy were Rookies
- Gustavsson hurting himself and never really turning into a reliable backup
- Losing Helm for the season (again)
- Losing Bertuzzi's experience and Sammy to injury
(I am sure that I am leaving something out)
But anyway, despite all of this and despite the experts having us out of the playoffs for the first time since I turned 20, THE Detroit Red Wings proved once again, that when it comes to being a perennial winning team in the NHL, nobody does it better! Eat that Olsen Twins!
SO, Despite all the above mentioned scenarios that were supposed to have us dwelling at the bottom of the NHL, you guys did it. No matter where you go in the playoffs, this is a winning season and every other team in the league is just shaking their heads right now!
Watch out NHL, don't look now, because the Red Wings just rebuilt on the fly and will be back on top sooner than you can say 22 straight years!
THANK YOU DETROIT RED WINGS for a regular season to remember! (now lets spoil some parties!)