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08:26 AM ET 06.25 | Had Jiri Hudler been born a decade later, perhaps the Red Wings would have passed on making the 5-foot-10 forward a second-round selection. The gradual change actually began last season when the Red Wings selected several bigger bodies. Last weekend at the NHL draft, the Wings became even bigger. With the game going big, the Wings drafted bigger, bulkier prospects. All six players drafted -- even third-round goalie Jake Paterson -- are at least 6-feet tall. "The game is changing," said Jim Nill, the Wings assistant general manager in charge of the draft. ... Said general manager Ken Holland: "You don't wake up and suddenly you're bigger. It's a process. But you hope to keep adding gradually."

The Detroit News

Mike Babcock, Icon Sports Mike Babcock, Icon Sports
June 25, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Legion of Doom Sequel?

June 25, 2012  08:59 AM ET

The players teams draft, many will never be heard again. Size is great but speed kills. But giving Detriots history of fantastic drafts, these kids might be dominating on the ice in 4 years. Meanwhile, they have $20 mil to spend on free agents... Detriot knows how to put a winner on the ice.

June 25, 2012  09:00 AM ET

I wonder if Babcock collects a royalty every time his picture is posted on T&R?

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June 25, 2012  09:20 AM ET

See the Wings going hard after Suter and Parise and probably Schultz. See that model franchise reloading and who wouldn't want to wear the winged wheel. Still my favorite sports logo.

June 25, 2012  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Legion of Doom Sequel?

The Octopi have just gotten longer tentacles.

June 25, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder if Babcock collects a royalty every time his picture is posted on T&R?

This is his best Brian Burke impersonation.

June 25, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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The players teams draft, many will never be heard again. Size is great but speed kills. But giving Detriots history of fantastic drafts, these kids might be dominating on the ice in 4 years. Meanwhile, they have $20 mil to spend on free agents... Detriot knows how to put a winner on the ice.

That is one reason why I don't like the Wings. They have a great organization that makes them so consistently good. RR makes a good point about Lidstrom though. It will be interesting to see if it all comes together again for them this year.

June 25, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Legion of Doom Sequel?

And how did the original work out?

June 25, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The players teams draft, many will never be heard again. Size is great but speed kills. But giving Detriots history of fantastic drafts, these kids might be dominating on the ice in 4 years. Meanwhile, they have $20 mil to spend on free agents... Detriot knows how to put a winner on the ice.

There's two regurgitated lines about the Wings: they're old and they're soft. With Osgood, Draper, Maltby and now Lidstrom gone (possibly Holmstrom as well), the former is going to be a little specious. Some of the time the latter is true. '08 and '09 people got fooled into thinking it was true; the last three years the strategy has been true...hit them at every turn and they'll give the puck up. Draft is one thing, but this reason is why I like FA names like Gaustad or Pahlsson. Both are big, but just as important is that they win faceoffs.

June 25, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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Detroit had a nice 20 year run while Lidstrom was playing. He made everyone around him better and everyone in management look smarter. We shall see how his retirement affects this team.

We'll see. It transitioned nicely from Yzerman to Lidstrom, let's see if it transitions nicely to Zetterberg. I think he's got the leadership and hard work ethic to make him the next captain. I think it has more to do with what they add to all these guys.

June 25, 2012  10:05 AM ET

Need more truculence.

June 25, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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Detroit had a nice 20 year run while Lidstrom was playing. He made everyone around him better and everyone in management look smarter. We shall see how his retirement affects this team.

The young kids had a lot of time to learn from Lidstrom, and I can see the wings bringing him back for a role with the franchise. When you pick up Zetterburg and Datsyuk in the 6th and 7th round -- the scouts are seeing something the rest of the league is not. I don't think it will be a difficult transition.

June 25, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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Need more truculence.

Ian White, isnt enough truculence?

*snicker*

June 25, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Ian White, isnt enough truculence?*snicker*

Or .... Todd Bertuzzi? :-)

June 25, 2012  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Need more truculence.

Raiding the Leafs is out of the question then. Unless .... Celine = Truculence in Toronto's book.

June 25, 2012  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder if Babcock collects a royalty every time his picture is posted on T&R?

That would make Crosby a millionaire. Wait he already is:)

June 25, 2012  11:21 AM ET

So Alex Trebek (Canadien) goes to the hospital, and Canuck hasn't been around, hmmm

June 25, 2012  11:31 AM ET
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The young kids had a lot of time to learn from Lidstrom, and I can see the wings bringing him back for a role with the franchise. When you pick up Zetterburg and Datsyuk in the 6th and 7th round -- the scouts are seeing something the rest of the league is not. I don't think it will be a difficult transition.

Not difficult...Think again.

 
June 25, 2012  11:34 AM ET
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So Alex Trebek (Canadien) goes to the hospital, and Canuck hasn't been around, hmmm

What are you saying? Is Canuck about to become the new host of Jeopardy?

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