Originally Posted by anak
Umm yeah right. The Wings are a star stealing whores. Sure stars stay with the team since they organize all star teams but its not home grown talents its bought talent either way.
"Umm yeah right." Let's have a look. Babcock tends to mix up his lines, but here's the usual for the playoffs:First line
Datsuyk, '98 draft pick
Zetterberg, '99 draft pick
Cleary, '05 Invited to Detroit training camp after Phoenix didn't offer him a qualifying contract; made the team and signed a contract.Second line
Franzen, '04 draft pick
Filippula, '02 draft pick
Hossa, '08 signed as free agent.Third line
Holmström, '94 draft pick
Helm, '05 draft pick
Samuelsson, '05 signed as free agent.Fourth line
Hudler, '02 draft pick
Draper, '93 received in trade from Winnipeg for ONE DOLLAR and "future considerations."
Maltby, '96 received in trade from EdmontonDefensemen
(listed by playoff atoi):
Lidström, '89 draft pick
Stuart, '08 received in trade from LA
Kronwall, '00 draft pick
Rafalski, signed as free agent
Ericsson, '02 draft pick
Lebda, '04 signed undrafted
out of the University of Notre Dame
Maybe your issue is with the large number of European players who are not "home grown" in the US, but the fact remains that Detroit scouts and signs the majority of their players from the draft pool, not by "stealing" stars from other NHL teams.
Note to zztop: Sorry to hijack your thread, but Someone is Wrong on the Internet.