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gaijin wrote:WaukeeBlues wrote:glen a richter wrote:One thing I'm almost positive of is that without a guy like Lidstrom getting ample ice time, we are about to see just how bullcrap Jimmy Howard actually is. The Wings have typically won in spite of their goaltending because they had solid defense (look at Osgood, for a prime example). Howard is nothing but a cheap whiny little vomit head and he'll be exposed for what he really is with a significantly weaker defensive fortress in front of him. I, for one, can't wait to watch him get lit up more often next season.
I think the Wings have won their last Central Division title for a LONG time.
We've obviously turned a corner, the Predators certainly have, the Hawks even are finally looking like they are stabilizing from their devastating 2010 offseason, the Jackets have a #1 overall coming their way... all the teams in the Central are getting better, with the exception of one
*psst- the Blues won the Central this year.
I agree that all the teams in the Central are improving with the exception of the Wings, but I think that argument would hold more water if we hadn't been saying it every season for about 10 years now...
DaDitka wrote:Well, I hate to point it out...but the Wings now have over 26 million in cap space to spend this offseason.
That means they can/will spend half the entire Blues payroll in free agency this summer.
WaukeeBlues wrote:Like Curt said that was exactly my point.
You can replace production but you just CANNOT replace Lidstrom. Guy easily had a year or two left in the tank he just said enough is enough I think. I don't know the next time we'll ever see a defenseman as consistently sound but my guess is we'll be waiting a while.
I'd love to see the Red Wings suck for a while that would just make me so happy
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