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It's no secret the Red Wings are embarking on a season that may well signal the
end of their reign as one of the league's elite. It's no secret, either, that
critics have written the Wings off as a graying team with one foot in the grave.
But not so fast, says captain Steve Yzerman. "I still like our core. I like
[our] attitude, I like [our] professionalism. Our foundation is very good."
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Detroit is still a dangerous team with the ingredients to challenge for the
Stanley Cup again, although its depth has been diminished by the departures of C
Igor Larionov, F Darryl Laplante and F Stacy Roest. But last season Larionov
showed signs of slowing down and then became bitter when the Wings pulled a
contract offer off the
With the emergence of the Blues, the Western Conference is that much tougher when you also throw in the Avalanche and Stars as contenders. The question isn't whether the Wings will be ready for the battles but whether they can survive the physicality from the taxing matchups. The guess here is that they can.
Count on the Wings to contend again. Had GM Kenny Holland decided to rebuild,
coach Scotty Bowman certainly would have called it a career. As long as the
competitive embers are still aglow in Bowman, the Wings should be there at the
For more on the Red Wings, bookmark this page and check back Wednesday, Oct. 11 for a Sports Illustrated Scouting Report.
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Experience, experience, experience. The nucleus of the club, albeit a year
older, still knows what it takes to get it
Signing 22-year-old C Boyd Devereaux was a small risk, but scouts love his
tenacity and rugged
Joe Louis Arena is getting a new paint job thanks to the Detroit Building
Authority. Somehow, some way, opposing coaches, should they lose at the Joe,
will still find a way to blame Bowman for bogus
Yzerman needs 28 points to pass Phil Esposito (1,590) for fifth place on the
Will he ever slow down? Chris Chelios finished second to Chris Pronger in plus/minus with a plus-48. Although he doesn't produce like he used to on offense, he's still top notch on the defensive end.
Wings finished tied with the NHL's best home record (28-10-3), scoring a league-high 152 goals in their own confines.
Career minor league goalie Manny Legace, 26, has played well in camp the past two years. So well that the Wings are losing faith in No. 2 netminder Ken Wregget.
After playing just a quarter of the games last season, feisty winger Darren McCarty had a strong camp, netting a hat trick in one game and leading the the team in preseason points with nine.
Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, Pat Verbeek and Yzerman accounted for
56 percent of the goals scored by Detroit
It's become cliche, but age on the blue line sends up red flags. Of Detroit's top four defenseman,
three of them -- Chris Chelios, Steve Duchesne, Larry Murphy -- are 35 or
older. Murphy had it right last season when he said that when an older team wins, they're considered "experienced." But if they lose, they're thought of as "old."
There aren't any youngsters in the minors who can step in and give this team a
shot in the
With a drop in depth and talent, Detroit will need G Chris Osgood to steal
more games singlehandedly, especially come playoff time. He was decent in the playoffs, but absolutely needs to be better to give the Wings a shot. The time is now for him
to prove he belongs among the
A knee injury will sideline Yzerman at least through the first two games of the regular season. The Wings will also watch Shanahan, who battled a sore groin through camp.
A quirk in Martin Lapointe's contract allows the gritty 27-year-old forward to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He could break the bank.
Jesse Wallin, D, 6'2", 190
Born: Nov. 3, 1978
Acquired: 1996 draft,
first round (No. 26 overall)
A devastating car accident a couple years retarded
his progress, but now he seems to be back on track. He's a stay-at-home type who
is effective at clearing the slot in front of his own net. For his size he's an
agile player who isn't too
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Thurs., Oct. 5 at Calgary: The journey to the Stanley Cup begins in
Tues., Oct. 17 vs. St. Louis: The Blues are still smarting from last
season's playoff collapse and the perceived notion that they're still skating in
shadow. They're still gunning for Detroit.
Fri., Nov. 17 vs. Dallas: Western Conference final that wasn't. Dallas heads into town for
their first matchup of the
Fri., Dec. 15 at Colorado: Where have you gone Claude Lemieux? Any bad blood left? The Wings visit Colorado for the first time
since the Avs eliminated them from the
Sat., April 7 vs. Colorado: Wings' 82-game "preseason" schedule ends with a meeting
"I can't see myself just going into another job in hockey. When I leave
hockey I'll be a Joe Fan. I still enjoy it."
--Bowman, after agreeing to coach another
Team-by-team previews compiled by CNNSI.com's Ken Klavon, Jamie MacDonald and Jimmy Traina.
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