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01-20-2013, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by BraveCanadian View Post
How convenient that happened right when Lidstrom retired, I guess.

You're just proving my point.
All of Detroit's key players have been not quite as good for the last three years, this isn't something that's just going to kick into gear now. Since their last finals team, they've lost 2 other defensemen from the top 4 of that team without really replacing them, and several other role players are gone too.
I guess it remains to be seen how their season bears out, but I think that if we somehow froze a 39 year old Lidstrom and kept him on the Red Wings forever, they'd still be worse now than they were 3 seasons ago, and even worse this season.

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