Yes, there's a tradition of success. Yes, there's 4 Cups in the last 15 years. However, there's just as many first/second round exits and early playoff exits. Other than consistently making the playoffs - what sets Detroit apart as a choice for someone's career? Nothing tangible.
Sure, there are the intangibles - the history, Original Six, 11 Cups, Gordie Howe, etc.. but those have very little to do a person's day-to-day working life or home life.
I was just pondering all this.. what say you?
Ryan Suter turned down Hockeytown for a bunch of lakes.He turned down the Red Wings
. Worse of all, he turned down Mike Ilitch and $90 million.
And few can turn down Mr. Ilitch. Pudge Rodriguez couldn’t do it. Neither could Prince Fielder or Chris Chelios and countless other players that I can’t remember right now.
Submitted for your approval: Four years ago a general manager of an NHL hockey team stops at a gas station and is interrupted by a phone call informing him that one of the top players in the league is willing to sign a one-year deal with his team. The general manager cannot believe his good fortune.
Fast forward four years later, the same general manger is in an airplane flying to Wisconsin with the hope of convincing a top player to sign a multiyear, mega-million-dollar deal with his team.