Detroit Red Wings: Past Their Prime or Primed for Success?

July 29th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »

Go ahead and spare me your words of warning.

Yes, I realize training camp is more than a month away.

Agreed, we still don't know what is going on with Mike Modano.

Understood, we've yet to sign Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

I get it.  We've yet to see a perfectly clear picture of the 2010-11 Detroit Red Wings roster.

But, I submit to you that we can see enough of it to start postulating on whether or not they can still challenge for a shot at ordinary greatness.

And what exactly is that?  Well, that's the kind of greatness that is expected, exhibited routinely, and achieved, seemingly, with minimal effort.

That's the kind of greatness the Red Wings have enjoyed for the better part of two decades.

Sure, there's been plenty of other good teams during the same stretch of time.

Teams that won championships, and very often beat the Wings in doing so.

But no team in recent NHL history has had its name mentioned in the same sentence as "Stanley Cup" more often than the Detroit Red Wings.

For Red Wings fans, it's what ...

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