Originally written August 10, 2012 on Nightmare on Helm Street:
As some of you might have seen, Puck Daddy has been asking bloggers for every NHL team to tell them who are The Essentials for their franchises — everything from the defining player and trade, to the indispensable fan traditions.  We we're asked to represent the DRW and this is what we came up with. Feel free to disagree, like 1/2 the Yahoo users did.   Credit to Puck Daddy and Getty Images.  I have to pre-warn that this list is going to be heavily slanted towards the modern era, as you’d sort of expect.  None of us were around when Detroit was winning Cups in the 50’s, so while that era was just as impressive, if not more impressive as the current run, it doesn’t live in the hearts of current hockey fans like the latest run.   So, with that said, here goes: Player - Steve Yzerman. The Captain is now a proper noun in Detroit’s lingo.  Yzerman is epitome of class, skills, dedication, and toughness, a quiet confidence lost on some hockey fans, but not the players.  He defin...
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