I live out West now and don't follow the Wings as closely when I lived in Corktown and elsewhere in Detroit for decades. Last week I went over the team roster and there were seven or eight players that I did not know or had little knowledge of.
Speaking with old acquaintances in Michigan, some seemed to blame Jimmy Howard for the Wings' early out, but I disagreed. The games with Nashville with close and low scoring.
A low scoring power player, one that was ranked low in the league, was apparent in the Nashville games, seemed to be a weakness for the Wings.
What were some of the common criticism of the Wings during the season and in the playoff games?
In the off season, we mercifully we didn't sign Jaromir Jagr in the off season. We didn't go out and make huge free agent splashes and sign the capable likes of White & Commodore. We say good bye to Paul MacLean and Brad McCrimmon behind the bench. And we also say goodbye to the long standing guys like Chris Osgood and Kris Draper (last of the Grind Line) as they head off to the golf course; their Cup contributions won't be soon forgotten. We also welcome back Ty Conklin into the fold again. And we still have the best defenseman I've ever seen lacing them up in Nick Lidstrom for another year.
Feel free to discuss as the season progresses and maybe in mid-June we'll still be playing some significant games.
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Congrats to the Grosse Pointe Little League to make it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. First time ever for the Little League and first time for a representative Michigan team since 1998.