i predicted a loss, yes. i predicted a heartless outing, sure. but i really didn't expect a massacre at the hands of a bunch of swedes in detroit rock city [it was a FREE-FOR-ALL, lang, where WERE you ??].
i truly believe that the uninspired outing was directly caused by the loss of ference. rob kerr must have agreed, saying between periods, "if you're sulking for a lost comrade, get into a different business." and while on paper that makes perfect sense, the world just doesn't work that way. and i think that ultimately it's this intangibillity that makes it a bad trade. how can brad stuart show up and not feel like the enemy ???
i commented over on kyle's page that one of the only things i like about the greasers is that kevin lowe has kept the core group together. i honestly believe this kind of camaraderie is what builds the heart and soul of a team, and i think there's a good argument that ference, along with iggy, regehr, warrener, kipper (and maybe more recently noodles) had that kind of fellowship. there is endless evidence of it on youtube, when you look for flames PPV segments... and i think iggy will suffer the most...
and the worst part is that we all know sutter's not done, and it's worrysome to think who else will fall under the guillotine... i don't think any of the current 3rd/4th liners have any market value, but we do have a wealth of young goalies... ?