Pointless Preview: 11/20 vs Florida Panthers

Category #1: We Made the Worst Trade Ever

Florida: Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek, and a sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld, and Bryan Allen.  Luongo is still regarded as one of the game’s “elite” goalies.  Bertuzzi had the worst numbers of his career as a Panther and became a pariah for quite a while (still considered by some) until he landed in Detroit…again.

Detroit: Traded Adam Oates and Paul MacLean (yes, THAT Paul MacLean) for Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney.  Federko was a star, so was Oates…a short term gain, long term pain. Detroit beat up on Adam Oates for pretty much the rest of his career. If Washington had won the Cup back in ’99 with Oates on the team, this would have been different.

Winner: Detroit (meaning Florida’s trade was worse).

Category #2: We Made Mike Milbury Look Stupid

Florida: Traded away Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha to then Islanders GM, Mike Milbury for Olli Joikenen and Roberto Luongo

Detroit: Completely shelled Jose Theodore in the second round of the 2008 Stanley Cups Play-offs shortly after Milbury, now a TV analyst who said that Theodore was “the best goaltender left in the post-season”.

Winner: Florida

Category #3: Google Image Search-  Panthers + Red Wings

Winner: Detroit, trash talking in THOSE jerseys was an automatic disqualification.

Category #4: Pavel Datsyuk

Florida: Tried to trade for him using Luongo as bait.
Detroit: Told them where to shove it.
Winner: Detroit
Prediction: With Ozzie starting for the first time in a while, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some cobwebs that need to be shaken off. Vokoun has the ability to steal games, and so do the refs. I would imagine Detroit will come out pretty hungry tonight and win a 4-3 that’s not as close as the score would indicate.
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