They went to a team with terrible defense, terrible leadership, and players with a giant overly inflated sense of self entitlement, that is why they did not win a cup, not because the want was not there.
We know we have much better leadership in hockeytown, hard work and determination, and everyone who puts the winged wheel on puts aside their own personal ego or they don't play. Alfie and Weiss wanting a cup just may be what we need to push us over the top, we were pretty damn close to the conference finals last year with a worse team, with less experience. Now we have more experience and we beefed up, we are bringing Stanley home in 2013-2014, mark it!
Edit: How many people have complained about how this team has become stagnant over the past few years? Kenny has finally shaken things up, he has brought up some youth, drafted all 6' + prospects this year, and he has brought in a better center to fill fils skates, and a still very good winger in Alfie. But there is no winning over the LGW armchair gm's right...
Oh, right, of course. Every other team has a sense of entitlement and the Wings just have players who are leaders and work hard.
The only reason Andersson, Nyquist, Smith, etc were in the lineup is because of the staggering amount of injuries. If White and Carlo and the other players hadn't been hurt, they'd still be in the lineup and those other guys would still be ripening in in GR.
If Filppula's contract hadn't expired, he'd still be in the lineup. I don't really feel like signing an elderly Swede and a second line center and buying out CC as drastic changes.
The Wings are still lacking an offensive defenseman who can QB the PP, they still don't have a pure goal scoring winger, they still lack size and speed. We're still stuck with overpaid, injury prone vets. Is this offseason better than last offseason. Probably, but that's not saying much.