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High-scoring Red Wings trade for top scorer Lang

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press Writer
February 27, 2004
DETROIT (AP) -- Robert Lang should fit in well with the high-scoring Detroit Red Wings.

Lang, who shares the league lead in points, was acquired by the Red Wings from Washington on Friday in a deal that sent Tomas Fleischmann, a first-round draft pick this year and a fourth rounder in 2006 to the Capitals.

The 33-year-old Lang is enjoying one of his finest seasons. He has 29 goals and 45 assists and is tied with Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis with 74 points.

"We felt it was a move we had to take and couldn't pass up,'' Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. "And it's at a price we could live with.''

Detroit is the second-highest scoring team in the NHL and is tied with Philadelphia for the best record in the league heading into Friday's games.

Lang's $5 million salary is reasonable, Holland said, especially with the player averaging a point per game.

"To have a guy locked in at $5 million a year made sense for us financially, made sense for us competitively,'' Holland said.

Even with a talented lineup, the Red Wings still felt the need to add a big forward, preferably a center, and Lang fit.

Lang had been rumored to be heading to Detroit for months because the Capitals were rebuilding and trying slash payroll.

"This is no offense to anybody in Washington, but it's always great to go from team that doesn't really have a bright future to go to a team with bright horizons,'' Lang said.

Holland said he had talked with Capitals general manager George McPhee about Lang as early as August.

"We could not have asked for more from Robert Lang over the past two seasons,'' McPhee said. "He has been a terrific player for our club, and we consider him as the best free-agent signing in the team's history.''

Washington acquired Lang from the Pittsburgh Penguins two years ago and, at the time, he was given the richest free-agent contract franchise history -- five years for $25 million.

Lang, in Florida for Washington's game with the Panthers on Friday, was expected to practice with Detroit on Saturday morning and play in Sunday's game against the Flyers at Joe Louis Arena.

Holland said he was pleased to get the deal done before the March 9 deadline, giving Lang more time to get used to his new teammates before the playoffs begin.

Lang and All-Star Pavel Datsyuk are expected to give the Red Wings a solid center combination for years.

With the Penguins, Lang was often paired with Mario Lemieux, so he is used to playing the fast-paced style favored by Detroit.

"Everybody's been watching them for a while now,'' Lang said of the Wings. "If you're a player, you feel like you want to go and play that style.''

Lang has 173 goals and 289 assists in 640 games. The native of the Czech Republic won a gold medal at the 1998 Olympics, and he had a career-best 80 points in 32 goals and 48 assists in 2000-01.

Lang spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. In 1996-97, he played in a Czech league and then played for Boston and Pittsburgh in 1997-98.

The 19-year-old Fleischmann is playing in his second season with Moose Jaw of the WHL. He ranks second on the team in goals with 28, assists (41) and points (69) in 53 games.
02-27-2004 09:54 PM
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The Wings just keep getting better. Nobody can beat the now honestly IMO, unless the Sens or Canucks get really hot.
02-27-2004 11:08 PM
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Quote of the Day:

"Now the Red Wings have gone out and done in hockey basically the same thing the Yankees do in baseball. Why aren't there the complaints coming from the other owners in hockey as there are in baseball."

"There's no crying in hockey!"

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02-27-2004 11:11 PM
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or the other owners dont give a crap
02-27-2004 11:50 PM
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here's the best quote:
"Lang was expendable because he was being paid money, not cheese sandwiches, or something."
02-28-2004 12:29 AM
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flyingswoosh Wrote:here's the best quote:
"Lang was expendable because he was being paid money, not cheese sandwiches, or something."
Who said that? Its so random. :laugh:
02-28-2004 12:56 AM
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I'm still sticking with my pick of Detroit for the Cup. Cujo should be back and healthy for the playoffs, and they're getting solid play from Legace. Mean while, Hatcher should have recovered and if Lindstrom can start scoring, these guys are gonna dominate in the playoffs. Woolley and Chelios should also be healthy giving Detorit at least 6 great blue liners.
02-28-2004 12:59 AM
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T-Monay820 Wrote:
flyingswoosh Wrote:here's the best quote:
"Lang was expendable because he was being paid money, not cheese sandwiches, or something."
Who said that? Its so random. :laugh:
one of the sports center anchors. the guy that's the partner of linda cohn(sp?)
02-28-2004 01:15 AM
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cbfranchise3 Wrote:Quote of the Day:

"Now the Red Wings have gone out and done in hockey basically the same thing the Yankees do in baseball. Why aren't there the complaints coming from the other owners in hockey as there are in baseball."

"There's no crying in hockey!"

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The thing is that Detroit is not the only one that does this in hockey; this is why there will probably be a long strike.

Look at Colorado. Every year they make a couple of big moves. They have several future hall-of-fame candidates on their team. Dallas has made similar moves in the past, but they have seemed to shy away from it the last year or two.

The Rangers have kind of tried it too, but it seems that most of the great players they get end up playing mediocre at best with them.
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Ah yes...Buying championships... Yankees, Lakers, Red Wings, Avs... At least the players want to win. Selanne (sp), Kariya, and Malone all took cuts, but went to a top 3 team in their respective league. Unfortunately teams like Pitt and Carolina can't compete cause their owners aren't willing to shell out the cash.
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T-Monay820 Wrote:Ah yes...Buying championships... Yankees, Lakers, Red Wings, Avs... At least the players want to win. Selanne (sp), Kariya, and Malone all took cuts, but went to a top 3 team in their respective league. Unfortunately teams like Pitt and Carolina can't compete cause their owners aren't willing to shell out the cash.
The Lakers did not buy their three championships.
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cbfranchise3 Wrote:
T-Monay820 Wrote:Ah yes...Buying championships... Yankees, Lakers, Red Wings, Avs... At least the players want to win. Selanne (sp), Kariya, and Malone all took cuts, but went to a top 3 team in their respective league. Unfortunately teams like Pitt and Carolina can't compete cause their owners aren't willing to shell out the cash.
The Lakers did not buy their three championships.
i agree. they used smart managment.
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I was referring to the players. They took the pay cut (Kariya would have been paid upwards of 10 million this year to play with the Ducks. He now gets paid something like 1.6 million to play for the Avs.) and in essence "bought" a championship. But teams like the Yankees and Red Wings buy their championships. A team can't really buy a championship if the league has a salary cap.
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Players have taken pay cuts to play in Detroit over the last several years too.....Steve Yzerman is one of them.
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Red Wings' Lang to miss up to four weeks with cracked rib

March 9, 2004
DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Red Wings center Robert Lang will be sidelined up to four weeks with a cracked rib.

Lang, among the NHL's leading scorers with 78 points, was injured on a hit in the first period of Monday's 1-1 tie with Tampa Bay, Red Wings coach Dave Lewis said.

Lang was acquired from Washington on Feb. 27.

In less than a week, the Western Conference-leading Red Wings have lost three key forwards: Lang, Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) and Kris Draper (shoulder).


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Is it just me, or have there been more injuries to key players this year?
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cbfranchise3 Wrote:Is it just me, or have there been more injuries to key players this year?
Just about the whole Red Wing team has had injuries. On the bright side for Detroit, defenseman Derian Hatcher is finally returning from his injury. I believe he got hurt in the 3rd or 4th game of the season so he really hasn't played at all.

Currently hurt for Detroit, that I can remember:

G Dominik Hasek (out for the season)
G Curtis Joseph (day to day, but no hurry with Manny Legace playing so well)
F Kris Draper
F Pavel Datysuk
F Robert Lang
D Matthew Dandenault
03-09-2004 08:54 PM
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rocketfootball Wrote:
cbfranchise3 Wrote:Is it just me, or have there been more injuries to key players this year?
Just about the whole Red Wing team has had injuries. On the bright side for Detroit, defenseman Derian Hatcher is finally returning from his injury. I believe he got hurt in the 3rd or 4th game of the season so he really hasn't played at all.

Currently hurt for Detroit, that I can remember:

G Dominik Hasek (out for the season)
G Curtis Joseph (day to day, but no hurry with Manny Legace playing so well)
F Kris Draper
F Pavel Datysuk
F Robert Lang
D Matthew Dandenault
Yea, also look at the Avs. Kariya and Forsberg have missed significant time, and there are others as well. The Blues have also been hard hit.
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