Monday, July 31, 2006

Cheap Shot of the Day

With the recent retirement of Steve Yzerman and the defection of Brendan Shanahan to the New York Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings today in an effort to keep their average age from falling below 35 resigned Dominik Hasek.

Seriously, before Hasek's signing, the average age of the Red Wing roster was 30.8. It is now 31.3 years old. Chris Chelios at only 44 years skews it even worse.

But some of the players listed, like Tomas Kopecky and Brett Lebda (both 24) have little NHL experience (just 1 and 46 NHL games respectively). Yet there is no doubt that there will be some experts who will hail this signing by the Red Wings and of course pick them to win the Stanley Cup. Detroit is starting to remind me more and more of the New York Rangers of years past. A "team" comprised of a bunch of old players past their prime just collecting a paycheck.

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