Detroit Hockey Now’s Duff posts a list of 5 stand-out ‘one season Wings’

Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff posted a list of the 5 greatest one-season Red Wings this afternoon, and I’m a little sentimental, so I’m going to share Duff’s take on a particular defenseman with a hard-to-pronounce name:

Fredrik Olausson (2001-02): Of all the acquisitions made by Detroit to assemble the epic 2001-02 Stanley Cup championship roster, Oluasson’s addition seldom registers. After all, he wasn’t a Hall of Famer like Dominik Hasek, Brett Hull or Luc Robitaille.

He was however, the ideal partner to pair with Nicklas Listrom in Detroit’s top defensive tandem. The 14-season NHL veteran spent the 2000-01 campaign with SC Bern in Switzerland. Olausson signed a free-agent deal with Detroit in May of 2001.

His play that season earned Olausson, 34, a spot on the Swedish Olympic team. He scored two goals during Detroit’s 2002 playoff run. One of them was an overtime winner in Game 3 of the Western Conference final against the Colorado Avalanche.

Following the season, Olausson signed with the Anaheim Ducks.

Continued; Olausson eventually needed a liver transplant after his playing days are over, but he is happy and healthy in Sweden at 54 years of age.

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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.

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  1. Probably the most underrated OT win in Wings history. Without Olausson’s goal we might’ve never had the legendary game 7 at the Joe.

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