My sarcasm radar picked it up without the , but you have to admit that there's a small part of your Red Wing fandom that could see this happening, with an explanation along the lines of "we really needed more experience on the blue line after losing Lidstrom" coming from KH. Not saying it's remotely likely, but with Kenny and his vets, there's always a chance.
Lids, Cheli, Markov and Lilja played all 18 playoff games. I am pretty sure that year Lidstrom was paired up with Danny Markov.
Yeah, there was speculation that Kronwall would have been back to the 2007 Finals, if we would have got past the Ducks.
When Schneider dropped (game 5 at 2nd round) after that we had this defence:
Lidström - Markov
Quincey - Chelios
Lebda - Lilja
With these guys we dropped San Jose winning the last 2 games and pushed Anaheim to 6-game series. No other team couldn't stand more than 5 games against the Ducks on that spring. They won all the other series against Minnesota, Vancouver and Ottawa by 4-1, but Red Wings pushed them to six even with that depleted defence. Kronwall and Schneider there, maybe a totally different story.
Then I was really impressed about rookie Quincey about his jump in and his steady stay-at-home play. I hope he goes back to that mold and forgots that he is not an offensive defenceman. In defensive only duties, focussing only for that, he could be a great guy.