Michael Arace commentary: Detroit is ...

Michael Arace commentary: Detroit is old, and one win won't change ...

There are 56 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from May 7, 2010, titled Michael Arace commentary: Detroit is old, and one win won't change .... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The Detroit Red Wings finally appeared in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal.

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Columbus, OH

#1 May 7, 2010
Arace shows his Red Wing envy again. Fact is, as old as they are, the Wings are in the 2nd round of the playoffs, while your Jackets are hunting for a coach and signing 7th round draft picks.

Get over it Arace.

Columbus, OH

#2 May 7, 2010
this is the most pathetic article i've ever read in the dispatch. dispatch writers SHOULD NEVER write about hockey....they and the "jackets fans" have clearly exhibited their lack of hockey knowledge for the past 10 years.

United States

#3 May 7, 2010
Another jealous Blue Jackets fan. Sad

Urbana, IL

#4 May 7, 2010
Why are you even writing about the Red Wings?!? Are the Blue Jackets playing the Wings right now? Are the Blue Jackets in the playoffs? You sound like an everyday fan who hates the Red Wings and is chomping at the bit to see them fail. You sound like an idiot. But then again, what Ohioan isn't....

Cincinnati, OH

#5 May 7, 2010
Hey Mikey, you look familiar.

Are you the same guy that was wearing an Ohio State jersey at that last Wings-Jackets game, and chanting "O-H-I-O"?

I know professional hockey is a relatively new concept to C-Bus, but let's leave the whole "Don't give a damn about the whole state of Michigan" stance at the door and stick to what you're good at: extreme over analysis of Buckeye football and attempted interest in your local futball "club"

Phinny in the Nati

Thunder Bay, Canada

#6 May 7, 2010
I am not sure if I agree completely that Detroit's playoff departure is necessarily related to being an older team. I do agree that it is related to the age of their players though. Jimmy Howard is an older rookie, but technically a rookie nonetheless. He is slowly developing into the Wings' goaltender of the future but one couldn't expect the transformation overnight, regardless of how good Osgood is at his tutelage.

Yes the Wings' have some older guys as you mentioned, but they also have several younger guys who are still developing. These veterans are teaching the new group the ropes. Losing is fine this year because it helps build character. The entire Red Wings' system is built on development and replacement of experienced players. Unlike Dallas, Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary, Detroit will not go into a long-term period of rebuilding because they are constantly doing that with their AHL team. They are building people to fit into their system.

Ken Holland doesn't like to do too much on trade deadline day nor with trading draft picks. Detroit have been masterful in scouting and drafting in the later rounds.

Plano, TX

#7 May 7, 2010
Do you actually watch hockey or do you just regurgitate the rhetoric of your fellow "experts"? The Wings have been old for about 10 years now. I can't help but laugh everytime I hear that. If it wasn't so laughable it would be annoying when hearing it every October when people like you say that they won't be a contender this year because of age.
You sound like a bitter man from a mediocre city from the state with the worst sports franchises in the world.
George Malik

Fort Worth, TX

#8 May 7, 2010
Old, old, old!

Wings fans have heard this since 1995, when the Wings picked up Igor Larionov and Slava Fetisov, we heard it in 1997 and 98, when Shanahan, Yzerman, and Fedorov all neared or eclipsed 30, in 2002, when an "old-star" team won the Stanley Cup, after the lockout, when Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan moved on, etc. etc., and yet the Wings continue to win and continue to get the most out of their "aging" veterans and not only have a nucleus of players (Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Kronwall, Stuart, Franzen, Cleary) who are at or around 30, as well as a group of young grinders who have offensive potential in Patrick Eaves, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm (okay, maybe not in the goal-scoring department for Helm) and Drew Miller, but also a deep pool of prospect from which, about every ten years, a Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Kronwall emerge.

The Wings aren't going anywhere, and most of their veterans aren't, either. At least not for a while. The Wings milk more miles out of veteran hockey players who are supposed to be too old to contribute than Belle Tire can offer deep discounts on re-treaded tires.

Besides, anybody who believes that Darryl Reaugh is the pinnacle of hockey analysts is talking out his...nevermind...

Since: Dec 08

Edmonton, Canada

#9 May 7, 2010
3-1 Sharks going back to SJ for Game 5. Deal with it.


#10 May 7, 2010
This series has been a lot closer than the 3-1 Sharks advantage indicates.

In games one, two and three, the scores were 4-3. The first and second games the Sharks scored a goal with a two man advantage. The third game went to overtime. Not exactly a dominating performance by the Sharks, but yet they were up 3-0. Game four was the only game that showed how one team can "find another gear", while the other is stuck in neutral.

If the Sharks don't dominate in game five and put up a decisive win, San Jose fans will have something to worry about. Yes, the Sharks will eliminate the Red Wings, but if they don't make a statement in doing so - something like, "you embarrassed us and here's payback" - their future during the remainder of the playoffs will leave many Sharks fans losing a lot of sleep.

I'm hoping for a well officiated game five. Let us see the talent of both teams determine the outcome. The first three games saw too many bad calls and missed calls (on both sides) which prevented us from seeing how an up and coming team can compete with a veteran squad.

If you're a real hockey fan, you deserve no less.

Gibsonton, FL

#11 May 7, 2010
Your such a bias writer. This is why you will never become a good, known writer, even for a local newspaper that no one reads. I think you're just mad that the wings swept the blue jackets last year.

Columbus, OH

#12 May 7, 2010
For a fan base that seems to think that our writers down here in little old Columbus don't know what they're talking about, you guys sure do read them a lot.

It's just one guy's opinion, deal with it. By the way, that one guy has covered the NHL for quite awhile, and yes, that includes before Columbus

Since: Dec 08

Edmonton, Canada

#13 May 7, 2010
Matt wrote:
For a fan base that seems to think that our writers down here in little old Columbus don't know what they're talking about, you guys sure do read them a lot.
It's just one guy's opinion, deal with it. By the way, that one guy has covered the NHL for quite awhile, and yes, that includes before Columbus
Dead Wing fans are bitter, bitter people.
dennis carter

Davison, MI

#14 May 7, 2010
Suggest you get a real hockey writer
dennis carter

Davison, MI

#15 May 7, 2010
how are the jackets doing in the playoffs?

United States

#16 May 7, 2010
Maybe all you red strings fans should have Bertuzzi come down sucker punch Arace from behind, circa 2004. Classy, just like Detroit. I'm surprised this many of you unemployed fools can read, let alone afford internet service.

Los Angeles, CA

#17 May 7, 2010
Hmmm, according to the media outside of Detroit, the Wings should have been in rebuilding mode since, well, 1995.. when Fetisov was mentoring a pretty new guy named Lidstrom and Yzerman and Shanahan were getting old. If the last 15 years were rebuilding mode for the Wings, I wonder what will happen when it's "their time". This article was a waste of time to write and to read. Save it for when Columbus is a real professional team...

Walled Lake, MI

#18 May 7, 2010
Really? The same old "Detroit is too old" article? I've been reading this for the last 5 seasons. Let me know if Columbus makes the play offs next year...

Setagaya, Japan

#19 May 7, 2010
Jack Tupp wrote:
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Dead Wing fans are bitter, bitter people.
"Dead" Wing fans? First of all, this is coming from a guy who lives in a city where their team finished dead last....do you really have room to talk? Second, you do realize you're talking about a team thats made it to the SCF two years in a row, right? A team that, against all odds, finds a way to make it into the playoffs and be a consistent contender every year. Can't really say the same for your team....regardless if its Columbus or Edmonton.

We're bitter people? Not really. With a record like ours, whats there to be bitter about?:)

Since: Dec 08

Edmonton, Canada

#20 May 7, 2010
dennis carter wrote:
how are the jackets doing in the playoffs?
Use caution around the Jimmy Howard bobblehead doll because it will s/hi/t the bed when you pull the string.

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