A great article I stumbled upon today and I thought I would share it. I really like how this guy puts it. I remember a lot of these events because I was a fan of the team before they won their first cup in 1997. Beware, some of the language is a little harsh.
My favorite part:
Let me start with this … Fedorov was one of the top TWO players on THREE championship teams in Detroit. A franchise that, prior to him walking off that elevator in Seattle at the Goodwill Games and signing a contract with the Wings, hadn’t won a Stanley Cup in 35 years.
(To imagine that gap, add five years to the Tigers’ current stretch. And then drink Clorox bleach and wash it down with some Drano.)
The team became a modern-day dynasty in large part because of Fedorov’s contributions. This is a city where Sergei should never have to pay for anotherf****** meal as long as he lives — not unlike members of the 2004 Red Sox in Boston.
Instead, the superstar got booed every single time he returned to Detroit after leaving the Wings in the summer of 2003. Even though #91 WANTED to come back and Mike Ilitch dictatorially declared his decision was too late and pulled the contract offer back.