I was thinking the same thing. If I was betting on it, I'd put money on the Wings making the playoffs, but if we miss the playoffs (other then my wallet being lighter ), I don't think it's a big deal. I wouldn't mind a mid to high draft pick to add to this young team. Plus it would mean a mid to high 2nd round pick, and we always do really well in the 2nd round.
Edit: If people want to see changes, maybe a playoff miss would bring the changes they want?
Maybe it would put in persepctive that it's younger, faster NHL than before. I personally don't belive that Cleary, Bert, and Sammy will be back next year. I know some people out there will say but they have that veteran leadership. But Hank, Pav, Kronner, and Mule have all been down that playoff road and knows what it takes to win,and beside Cleary, Bert and Sammy are old. Bert is most likely the slowest player on the team and has been injury prone that last couple of seasons. Sammy, same there, he's not like he was back in 08 with our cup run, and Cleary, he's just old .
It's going to be a very interesting off season for the wings this year...