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It’s Detroit Red Wings day on PHT

Jul 20, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, we continue with the Detroit Red Wings.

They have by far the longest active postseason appearance streak, but it will be put to the test next season. You could argue that Detroit’s dynasty has been waning for years and it was certainly sent a shock by the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom and departure of Brad Stuart.

They were left with quite a bit of cap space, but their efforts to sign free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter failed. Instead they inked Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson while watching unrestricted free agent Jiri Hudler walk.

Barring a trade, Detroit will need to look inwards to fill the rather large hole left in their blueline. It would help if Kyle Quincey steps up after a rough return to Detroit in 2011-12. The Red Wings will also be counting on Brendan Smith to have a solid rookie season.

Will the Detroit Red Wings’ dynasty survive? Stick around PHT today for more on that and other questions.

  1. govtminion - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Is the dynasty on it’s last legs?

    Sure. Why not?

    Thing is, we’ve expected the ‘aging, fading Red Wings’ to finally collapse into irrelevancy for, what, a decade or so now? Too old, too slow, not enough this or that, every year we hear about how this is finally the end. And every year, guess who shows up in the playoffs? Some years turn out better than others, obviously- not many Wings fans happy about last spring, I’m sure- but I’ve long since stopped betting against the Wings.

    Let’s be honest here. Can a team loaded with people like Zetterberg, Datsyuk, etc. make the playoffs? Duh.

  2. polegojim - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    21 straight years in playoffs – and it’s a ‘can’t lose’ season for the Wings:

    If that streak is broken – only slight disappointment – we all know it will happen at some point
    If they make the playoffs, they’re brilliant.

    Heads held very high in any event.

  3. wingz101 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Will they dominate like they once did? Probably not. Are they still a contender? Maybe but they may not be odds on favorites to win the west like they used to be.

    This team is still very good and it still has some top NHL players like Datsyuk, Zetterberg & Kronwall. It has about 16 NHL calibre forwards signed and many of those guysare in the very good to good category (Helm, Franzen, Filppula, Howard, Ericsson to name a few). It has solid veterans in the bottom six (Cleary, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson).

    It has some very good young players in Smith, Nyquist and Kindl reaady to step in and it has some solid depth in the AHL, not to mention some excellent offensively gifted prospects coming up in the next few years.

    The Wings will be fine. Their biggest issues are (1) finding someone energetic and big to play with Datsyuk or on a top line and (2) adding an NHL veteran to their d-corps in case the kids falter early on. (3) They also so need the cap to stay where it is, even though they aren’t even at the salary cap floor at this point. (4) Good health won’t hurt either.

    Basically they are retooling. If they could fill their major needs they would be a top contender. If they can’t they will have to battle it out like all the others. They certainly are not going into the tank.

  4. ron05342 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Is their dynasty on its last legs?

    What dynasty? How do you define a dynasty? My definition of a dynasty is several Cup titles in a row (see Canadiens in the late ’70s, and the Islanders and Oilers in the ’80s).

    It’s a great stat that they have made the playoffs for so many seasons in a row, but that in and of itself does not constitute a dynasty.

    • miketoasty - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      The term Dynasty can change definition from person to person. Personally (Coming from a Pens fan) the Red Wings over the past 12 years have created a Dynasty. A great team, with star caliber players that show up every night, and an overall classy organization.

      • polegojim - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:47 PM

        That’s precisely the point Mike.

        RON is cutting his teeth on SOUR GRAPES

        IMO – the Pens have a dynasty brewing, even though they only have 1-Cup… so far.

        The Pens will win more Cups and have the potential to equal the Wings stats.

        VERY excited to keep THAT rivalry fresh and raw!

        GO RED WINGS!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Yeah, I’d say the way that organization has been run for at least the past 21 years would constitute it as a dynasty, even if it hasn’t won a lot of Cups in a row. The fact that it has been always contender for so long is a testament of what is essentially the Gold Standard of organizations within the NHL. I still hate ’em though 😉

    • charlesanakin - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      In any salary cap era (in any sport) averaging a championship every four years is a dynasty.

  5. illadelphiasphinest - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Gotta have hardware to be labled a dynasty. Terrific job by the front office to keep a winning team on the ice and getting them to the playoffs for so many seasons in a row. As a Philly fan no one is calling the Eagles of the early 2000’s a dynasty because they made it to the playoffs so often and to what 4 straight nfc title games and one super bowl. Thats not a dynasty. Im not trashing Detriot. I respect the hell outa that organization, and congrats for all your winning seasons and playoff births but its not a dynasty without multiple cups in a row. Now say they won 8-12 cups in that 21 years then its a different story.

    • wingnut83 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      The WINGS are 3rd overall on the number of Stanley Cups won with 11. And no team has more since the salary cap create to all but eliminate dynasties. The Red Wings were one the teams targeted as the reason for the need of a cap. RED WINGS have the hardware, pre and post cap. They have been the most dominating team in the last 21 years. Your example of a dynasty focuses on teams that were pre cap and had line ups that pretty much stayed the same, so a small group of people dominated for a short amount of time (4-5 years)and then fell off the radar. Detroit has rewritten what a dynasty is in Hockey. A revolving line up that is a continual threat to hoist the Stanley Cup. More often than not, for the last 20 years, the road to the Stanley Cup goes through HOCKEYTOWN!!! Don’t discredit the WINGS becuase your Eagles had trouble getting it done. Lets talk HOCKEY! LETS GO RED WING!!!

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Yes it’s over
    But the Wings are still a playoff team and once you’re in, anything can happen.

    But Lidstrom’s retirement closed that chapter of my Wings

  7. qrycher - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    What dynasty?

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      1995-2002 3 Cup wins, 5 final appearances, another win in 2008 and finals appearance in 2009?

      What are you? 3?

  8. redwingsfan999 - Jul 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Although I am disappointed the wings didn’t get parise or suter I’m not worried bout the wings. In case no one remembers in February the wings were 1st in the west with most of the players that we still have now. And we went on a 23 home game win streak. Ya we may have lost lidstrom and Stuart but guys like Kronwall, Quincy, and smith can be very underrated @ times and I guarantee that they will all step up this season. And I love how people think just cuz Philly offered weber a contract that he’s either going 2 Philly or staying with Nashville. Weber doesnt want 2 stay with Nashville but they don’t wanna lose weber and suter 4 almost nothing, so they r going 2 match phillys offer and maybe trade him and u can bet the wings r gonna be all over that, I would give up franzen, nyquist, ericsson, and either smith or kindl 4 him. And if the wings do get Weber and then sign Doan they will be a great Stanley cup contending team. And even if we don’t get weber I have faith in the “wings kids” and I have faith in ken holland that he will sign a defensmen such as cam barker, pavel kubina, and mikael rosival, and if not that he will trade 4 one. No matter what the wings do they will still be a good team now and 4 years 2 come

  9. lloydpricessister - Jul 21, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    hey look, its over aged overrated irrelevence day

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