Detroit Red Wings: Is Their Streak in Danger After This Offseason?

July 30th, 2012 by PJ Sapienza Leave a reply »
The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs for 21 straight seasons.  In that time, they have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals six times, winning four.  That run may be in jeopardy after a very disappointing offseason. 

Since back-to-back final round appearances, the team had consecutive second-round playoff exits, then lost in the first round this past season.

This offseason has been bad.  It started with the loss of defenseman Brad Stuart.  While not a surprise, it was still a huge loss for the team. 

The situation became even worse when Nick Lidstrom decided to retire.

When free agency started, they were thought to be the frontrunners to land prized free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.  Both decided to head to Minnesota instead of Detroit. 

Since then, the team has missed out on Shea Weber, Rick Nash and Alexander Semin as well.  They now appear to be out of the Shane Doan race, too.

Now, in all fairness, they really had no chance at Nash.  It would be hard to imagine the Blue Jackets trading him to their conference foes.  It has been reported that the ...

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