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02-15-2013, 08:21 AM
Jimmi McJenkins
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Originally Posted by Bangers View Post
Not to sidetrack the thread, but ... Stevie Y?

Lidstrom was one of the main reasons for the "Detroit model" success (as was lucking out on Datsyuk and Zetterberg), but the primary catalyst for Detroit's success was when the team brought in Scotty Bowman and Yzerman realized that winning championships with solid 2-way play was better than scoring 150 points a year.
Stevie Y was a great player, but Lidstrom was sheltering prospects LONG after Stevie Y was gone, look at "the next Nik Lidstrom lol" Johnathan Erikson, he would NOT have been in the minors as long if Lidstrom wasn't there. It's that simple, when you have an ALL-TIME great, it changes how you can do things.

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