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06-29-2011, 03:42 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Metro-Detroit, MI
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Age has quite a bit to do with it. Younger legs are more likely to stay fresh through a grueling playoff. Younger bones are less likely to break when slashed and crushed. Younger tendons and ligaments are less likely to strain and snap in high-speed collisions. The league has gotten faster and more violent - older players take more of a beating now than they did 10-15 years ago.
The Wings don't have the luxury of having a dozen hall of famers like they did when they won 3 of their 4 recent Cups, so they can't rely on skill alone to compensate for dead legs. And the most recent team was lucky as hell when it came to major injuries, and was carried by Datsyuk and Zetterberg in their mid-late 20s, not their early 30s.
Like I said, the Wings don't have to throw out all the old folks and bring in teenagers. But the tired legs should be replaced with fresh ones.
I can agree with most of this...but did we lose to San Jose because of legs? IMO, the answer is no. We got better as the series went on, and were very, very close to winning it.
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