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In Topic: The Bowman Effect

16 June 2015 - 03:25 PM

Anyone who thinks losing to Yzerman equals winning can exit the thread now.


I am sure that we can all agree that the Wings will not contend the next two years for a cup. On year three is it time to make front office moves to try and get us back to finals contention?


Basically what I see in Chicago is the blueprint that Detroit employed in the late 80s and early 90s coming up from being perennial losers. We got comfortable with winning and I am starting to think we let the wrong people get away and kept the wrong ones. If this is the case then the organization has to go back to the blueprint of trying to hire the best talent even if it means realizing that that current employees within the organization must go.

In Topic: The Bowman Effect

16 June 2015 - 12:17 PM

I think it has less to do with Bowman, and more to do with Lidstrom.


Lidstrom was the driving force behind a lot of the team's success since at least 2002, and perhaps even since '98. I don't think it's a huge surprise that as he aged and declined the team kept slipping further from cup contention. Now that he's gone, the team is NOT a contender.


When you have a guy that plays half the game and makes no mistakes, then you can effectively cover up a lot of other weaknesses.


I would agree that Lidstrom is absolutely the reason our defense has declined. However, we must also include the ascent of the Blackhawks which culminated upon the hire of Scotty. Sure, we need to shore up our defense and no one will replace a Nick Lidstrom but I don't see any moves being made to change this. Also, I don't see a reason for accepting mediocrity even in this post salary cap world.


My thoughts are, if giving a head coach a contract extension beyond five years when he has been here ten is too long then shouldn't the organization have the same type of thinking with the front office? Regardless, Chicago is absolutely hot right now, I have no doubt it is partly due to their product on the ice but it is also because of their front office. Our organization used to go after those guys.