Mike Brophy over at Sportnet.ca talking about the series stated a series loss could be the end of an era…
You never know what the future holds, but we could be witnessing the end of one era and the beginning of another.
First off, the series isn’t over. Yeah, the Wings have a Mt. Everest of a hill to climb, but the Sharks need 60 more minutes of solid hockey tomorrow night to advance to the third round…something they’ve never done before. Does a team making it to the third round for the first time sound like the start of an era to you?
What used to separate Detroit from other teams was the skill it had on its third and fourth lines. But with the departure of Mikael Samuelsson to Vancouver as an unrestricted free agent, coupled with the loss of Jiri Hudler, who elected to play in Russia this season, there really isn’t anything special about the team’s depth players.
No doubt our offense suffered with a few off season departures. Next year we will welcome Happy Hudler back with open arms and if any of our aging veterans retire the extra breathing room in the salary cap will definitely help in the free agent department.
I understand and appreciate that all Shark fans are giddy with excitement that their team may live up to the hype and make it to the Conference Finals for the first time ever, but the road to the Stanley Cup will pass through Hockeytown for many years to come.
End of an era? Hell no!