Handicapping ‘who Wings fans should root for’ in the Stanley Cup Final

It’s a simple question in theory: “Who are you rooting for in the Stanley Cup Final?” For Red Wings fans, it’s not an easy answer:

The Red Wings have significant ties to the Dallas Stars (see: GM Jim Nill, assistant coach Todd Nelson and forward Mattias Janmark), but Corey Perry’s on the team, and we all hate Corey Perry…

And the Lightning also have Red Wings ties as well (assistant coach Derek Lalonde, assistant GM Stacy Roest), and current Wings GM Steve Yzerman built quite a bit of the Lightning’s roster, which may or may not offset the fact that the Bolts have become something of a Wings nemesis (and the Bolts have used the Red Wings as something of a punching bag over the past five years)…

All of that being said, one Down Goes Brown, a.k.a. Sean McIndoe, believes that Wings fans should be rooting for the Bolts in the Stanley Cup Final:

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I’m sure there might be some lingering Jim Nill support, and when I suggested Wings fans root for the Lightning back when this all started, more than a few Detroit fans pushed back. I get that there’s some recent playoff history, and I’m all for a little bad blood. But there’s only a little, and it’s not like the Wings didn’t have some history with the Stars in their glory years. Besides, do you want to know that Steve Yzerman can build a Cup winner or don’t you?

Pick: Lightning

I’m going with the Stars, despite Corey Perry’s presence on the team. Jim Nill is one of the kindest men in hockey, I want to see coach Nelson and Mattias Janmark win, and I’m rooting for coach Rick Bowness and Anton Khubodin in this instance.

Who are you rooting for tomorrow night?

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.