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Which retirement hurts the most?

View Poll Results: Which retirement hurts the most?
Draper 8 9.52%
Osgood 8 9.52%
Rafalski 68 80.95%
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07-30-2011, 08:11 PM
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I think Draper was still more effective in his role than Ozzie or Rafalski in their roles. But, I voted for Rafalski. Draper and Ozzie can be replaced by a young up and comer but a good offensive defenseman is hard to find.

Rafalski's play in his own zone was bad last year but he still had it on the powerplay. His cap hit for what he brought was a little high but I would still say he is harder to replace.

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07-31-2011, 08:07 AM
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I wasn't particularly attached to any of them, but Rafalski is the best player amongst them and it's the only one that will really show on the ice, so I'll say it's the one that hurts the most.

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Yzerman wasn't exactly lighting it up out there his last season.

This fanbase fully embraced and admired Yzerman. Even when his play dipped a lot...it's not like everyone here wanted to kick him to the curb like we have with Ozzie, Draper, Maltby, and Homer as they got older. Yzerman is a guy none of us really wanted to see go but it was the right time for him to retire.

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07-31-2011, 10:26 AM
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This fanbase fully embraced and admired Yzerman. Even when his play dipped a lot...it's not like everyone here wanted to kick him to the curb like we have with Ozzie, Draper, Maltby, and Homer as they got older. Yzerman is a guy none of us really wanted to see go but it was the right time for him to retire.
I think losing a goaltender your team drafted and the fans loved for years is impactful, whether it was his time or not.

Like I said, the loss of Yzerman wasn't a hit because of lost skill. The same can be said of Osgood, even if to a lesser degree. I don't think fans are considering it the end of an era for losing Rafalski, a guy who only played for the team 4 years.

Different context.

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I think losing a goaltender your team drafted and the fans loved for years is impactful, whether it was his time or not.

Like I said, the loss of Yzerman wasn't a hit because of lost skill. The same can be said of Osgood, even if to a lesser degree. I don't think fans are considering it the end of an era for losing Rafalski, a guy who only played for the team 4 years.

Different context.
Well, Yzerman was like 20 times more beloved. Yzerman was and probably still is the Red Wing. Meanwhile, Osgood was such an integral part of the team, he lost his starting job a couple of times and was left unprotected on waivers...I don't think he's a Wings "legend".

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Well, Yzerman was like 20 times more beloved. Yzerman was and probably still is the Red Wing. Meanwhile, Osgood was such an integral part of the team, he lost his starting job a couple of times and was left unprotected on waivers...I don't think he's a Wings "legend".
I'm not saying he is a legend. I am saying his personal connection to the team and city is a lot more than Rafalski's.

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I agree about the team, though Rafalski was a major figure on the 2008 and 2009 Cup Finals teams which was quite an impact for a 4 year stint with the Wings.

But city? Rafalski is a Polish guy from Detroit, his family lives in the area. That alone gives him a big tie to many Michiganders and Wings fans.

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