If we miss the playoffs...................
Oooooh! Let me finish this sentence!
If we miss the playoffs......
A bunch of fairweather fans will leave the forums? *Check*
A bunch of fairweather fans will stop buying tickets? *Check*
A bunch of fairweather fans will start cheering for another NHL team? *Check*
A bunch of fairweather fans will come back when the Red Wings start contending for a cup again? *Check*
As a fan of the Red Wings, I am not concerned if the team makes the playoffs or not. I am going to support the team no matter what. Yes, I want to see a winner, but I don't put conditions on my support. I support Ferris State Hockey because they are my Alma Mater. They are playing .500 hockey this year, and there were years they were in the bottom half of the CCHA. Yet, when they had a great run like last year, it was great. Do I wish they could have a run like that every year? Yes, but its not realistic considering the size of the school, importance of hockey in the program, and their budget.
The Red Wings have given me 20+ years of great memories. I never even watched hockey before I went to college, and I fell in love with the sport when I went to my first game. That being said, if they don't make the playoffs this year, big freaking deal. The management will turn things around next season. You have to realize that there are 29 other teams that are going to be competing for a playoff spot, and there are 22 teams that are playoff caliber teams. Some playoff caliber teams are going to miss the playoffs this year.
Back then you threw money at a problem. Nowadays you tank and throw draft picks at a problem.
Yup, I agree. There were two types of clubs though. The Red Wings spent intelligently for the most part. The Rangers did not. Which is why the Rangers had the highest or one of the highest payrolls and missed the playoffs or got bounced in the first round.
The old days of signing who you want and blockbuster trade deadline deals are long done. Elite talent surrounded by the right role players and a hot goalie come playoff time will win Cups. Its a formula the front office needs to adapt to.
Elite talent = Z, Dats, Franzen, Kronwall
Role Players = Helm, Samuellson, Abdelkader
Hot Goalie = Howard and Monster (possibly)
Sounds like we have a shot.
Course, you could plug names into those slots for 22 other teams in the league who feel they have a shot too.