Nick Lidstrom ponders the Red Wings' early exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

I used to write columns, cover games and manage sports departments in my pre-academic days. So it isn’t often that I sit down to write a full-bodied column. But the elimination of the Detroit Red Wings from the Stanley Cup playoffs on April 20 — April 20! — was enough to motivate me to take on the early exit and zero-sum theory.

The column appeared on my friend George Malik‘s “Malik Report,” part of the larger “Kukla’sKorner” hockey blog. Thanks for the opportunity, George.

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