From the Free Press…
Zetterberg was among the first 22 inductees Monday into the Triple Gold Club at Vancouver: players with a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a world title (even though the Cup is silver).
Seven of them won the Cup as Wings: Zetterberg, Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Brendan Shanahan, Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Mikael Samuelsson.
I miss Sammy a lot more than I thought I was going to, and I think Detroit does too. Sure, I don’t miss all of the blown shots high and wide. I don’t miss the puck smacking against the glass of whatever goalie is playing against us. But Sammy’s real worth came in the defensive zone. His predilection to taking bad shots in the offensive zone I think overshadowed just how hard that guy used to work in the defensive zone to make sure to get the puck out. I wonder if Hudler had told us he was leaving to begin with, would we have re-signed #37?
Zetterberg is sick, no matter how many times Rosby tries to tell us that “anyone would have made that play”…
Lidas är kung! Nothing more needs to be said about Lidstrom.
Kronwall needed to drink more milk growing up, but when he’s actually healthy, he’s a beast. He’s quickly becoming a premiere defenseman in the NHL. He’s still young enough to get better which is good, because when we lose #5 to retirement, we’ll need #55 to play twice as good to help fill the hole.