Darn It, Another Forward Down.

Rob MilanovContributor INovember 8, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Jason Williams #29 of the Detroit Red Wings awaits a face off against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 24, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Red Wings 3-1.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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I can't believe it. Another Wings forward out. I know that the hockey gods have treated us Detroit fans well over the last couple of decades, but Jeez...

First we lose Hossa, Sammuelson, and Kopecky to free agency, then something called the KHL steals another promising, young forward from our team.

But, wait. That's not all. We lose Franzen, Filppula, and Lilja to serious injuries.

And now, just as the greatest franchise in sports starts to show a bit of a turn-around, everything comes crashing down on us... again.

After a couple great games, including some fine performances from an aging goaltender who has been doubted for years, but especially of late. The Red Wings' defense seems to have tightened up lately, and the 3rd and 4th line forwards have been stepping up, so as to keep the Datsyuks and Zetterbergs of the team rested and ready to score.

But that all fell apart on Friday night in their game with the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs. My beloved Hockeytown Heroes gave up 5 goals against one of the worst teams in the NHL.

And to make things worse, Jason Williams got put into the boards during the game, laying there for several minutes before he was ready to be helped off of the ice. He'll miss a couple of months due to a fractured fibula.

That leaves the Wings pretty darn thin at the front end. The only only good thing that I can see coming of this is that maybe, just maybe John Vigilante will get called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins. I can't wait to get my new sweater, winged wheel on the front, "Vigilante" on the back.