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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Goalie rotation?

With Chris Osgood getting the start in Chicago Sunday and Dominik Hasek going Tuesday in St. Louis ... are we now in the midst of a goalie rotation forced by Osgood's play? Or is this just a way of easing Hasek back?
If Hasek isn't 100 percent, then why is he playing? And if he is 100 percent, then why isn't he starting when the games aren't back-to-back. The current rotation is very un-Babcock-like.

10 Comments:

Blogger Alex said...

I think it's because Hasek may not have done great against the Hawks, so we're going to try Ozzie.

November 10, 2007 at 4:07 PM 
Anonymous Mike Canada said...

Personally, I couldn't care less who is starting for the Wings as long as the wins keep coming.

Until it is evident that a 'goalie rotation' (if thats even whats really going on) is hurting team chemistry, then my vote is to keep it up!

Thanks as always.

November 10, 2007 at 4:13 PM 
Anonymous Justin said...

I personally wouldn't mind a goalie rotation, considering how well Osgood has been playing. The only question is how Dom would take it.

November 10, 2007 at 5:40 PM 
Anonymous Wings fan in Chicago said...

...I think the boos for Fedorov are music to my ears. Ignorant? I don't think so - in fact your claim that the fans have "every right to do so" makes it by definition not ignorance. Petty? Definitely, but it's professional sports and people are paying to have a good time - you cheer for your guys, you mock the opponents, you jeer the refs, and you boo Fedorov.

Are the montreal fans all ignorant and petty when the boo Chelly? I personally find it pretty hilarious and it seems that Chelly does to. I think the outcry about ceasing the boos stems from Fedorov's interviews where he said that it hurt his feelings. Well, guess what Feddy.... as a fan of the Red Wings, you hurt ours worse. I hope Hollywood was worth it.

November 10, 2007 at 7:18 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Actually, having every right to boo does not mean that it's not ignorant to boo some people. You have every right to boo your mother, but if she was a good mother, I'd say it's pretty ignorant to do so. Now, please don't write saying I'm comparing Fedorov to your mother. That would be ignorant as well.
I just think that Fedorov has become the anti-Yzerman in these parts, unjustly so. A much better comparison than Chelios is Shanahan. Why not boo him for leaving for Broadway? You have every right to, but I'd say that wouldn't show much class either.

November 10, 2007 at 7:49 PM 
Anonymous hockeyinhd said...

Comparing Fedorov to Shanahan does not strike me as terribly appropos. First, Fedorov was to that point a lifelong Wing who was drafted and brought over by at team who at that time was wayyyy ahead of the curve with regards to Russian players and the things that needed to be done to acquire them safely. Shanahan had bounced between three franchises before he came to Detroit. Fedorov was a guy who grew with the Wings in their ascension to the top of the NHL. Shanny showed up once the growing was done.

Second, Fedorov had assumed a place in the Wings pantheon of players second maybe only to Yzerman in the modern era of hockey. You could maybe toss Lidstrom in there, but Fedorov's style of play, IMO, made him the more popular (or at least higher profile) player in town. Shanahan, while certainly a beloved player in Detroit... sorry, he never hit that note.

Thirdly, when Fedorov left he was still functioning at a high level. Sure, he was at the tail end of that, but Shanahan had been devolving as a player for some time, and was most certainly not a fit in the new Babcock-coached system. His big final (contract) year obscured what had been to that point a pretty consistent slide in production until then. It's not like Shanny leaving cut the teams legs out from under them in the playoffs. If anything, it rather helped the team change gears more quickly and more readily accept a new style of play.

Finally, interest in the Wings when Feds was on the team is higher than it is now. That's just a simple fact. Two seasons and a lockout changed the dynamic of fan support for the Wings, and the 2004 and 2006 playoffs weren't exactly ones which tightened fans bond with Shanny's contribution to the team.

November 10, 2007 at 9:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if fedorov dosnt like the boo's then maybe he should have stayed here he would have got many more cheers here than anywhere he will ever go, he should have been detroits captain but now we will never know, leaving the wings has left him us hurt, he is still a great player but he will be better if he comes home were he belongs, and so does stanley

November 10, 2007 at 11:15 PM 
Anonymous Nathan said...

People blame Sergei for a situation that, frankly, wasn't his fault.

I agree with you 100%, Bruce. Federov had just as much (if not more) to do with the Wings last 3 Cups than Shanny did, and as such, he should be given some respect.

With some of the post-game interviews he's done over the last few years after games at the Joe, I think Sergei feels like he damaged his hockey career by leaving Detroit. I say give the guy a break -- he made the same decision hundreds of other players would've, and it didn't work out well for him.

November 11, 2007 at 10:46 AM 
Blogger Andrew said...

Shanahan didn't hold out just a few years earlier forcing the hand of the Wings. It's been a long time since he left and while I don't really care either way I can see why it irks people. At the same time, if the boos get him off his game, just a little bit, then boo louder. He's said before it bothers him, it's not my job to worry about his feelings.

I respect and appreciate everything he's done here and with that said, at the very least the boos show that the people still care.

November 12, 2007 at 10:13 AM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

That's a long comparison between the careers of Fedorov and Shanahan and I'm not sure why you took the time. They are different. I understand that.
The comparison is that Shanahan left as a free agent for less money than he was offered to stay in Detroit. Why does Fedorov leaving bother people more than Shanahan leaving? Obviously there are many differences between the players (yes, I realize that Fedorov speaks more languages than Shanny), but the point is about the perceived lack of loyalty of Fedorov ... but not of Shanahan.
And to the most recent post, Fedorov didn't hold out. He had no contract and by league rules could not play. As with any contract, it takes two sides to come to a deal.

November 12, 2007 at 12:46 PM 

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