Found June 18, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard may believe that his team’s commitment to excellence will still attract marquee talent to Detroit this summer, but even if the Wings land all their unrestricted free agent targets this summer, Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement—and according to Nick Barnowski, official move to Sweden on Sunday—will yield a near-unceasing chorus of, “Ding dong, the Wings are finally dead” from the MSM this summer and likely this fall. In an NHL where pundits insist that teams must rebuild every couple of seasons to re-stock with those precious 18-23-year-olds that ensure success, the Wings have no intention of doing anything less than keeping their 21-year streak of playoff appearances intact, employing the same cadre of superstars over 30 years of age, up-and-coming prospects and support players in their late-20’s and a smattering of prospects graduating from Grand Rapids from around 23-25 years of age, but we’d better get used to the kind of talk the CBC’s Chris Iofrida u...
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