Well, when Yzerman, Fedorov and Shanahan left, we still had guys like Datsyuk and Zetterberg that were already there to fill their shoes. I don't see anyone on the team now in their 20's, who is a star forward of the future.
I hope we'll still be good and competitive, but it will be harder with a salary cap to keep this team rolling every year. Although the cap doesn't exist anymore, the Wings of recent years are still similar on paper to what we had before. A continuation of the past of sorts.
The future looks like a blur to me 5 years from now in Detroit. Too hard to predict. Anything could happen.
Yzerman of course. Same reason Emperor Palpatine wanted Luke Skywalker to replace Darth Vader as his new apprentice.
Holland has accomplished a lot here, but every GM moves on eventually, and I would have loved to see Yzerman move in as Wings GM because he'll always be a Wing to me.
Only problem I see is him being conflicted and loyal to players he used to play with, which is a large part of this team. I think he would have felt uncomfortable making moves on some of these players who were his former teammates and friends.
But alas, it's too late. Yzerman is not going to leave Tampa anytime soon. Doesn't strike me as that kind of person.
Hanzal would be difficult to acquire, but wonderful.
However, he is not a "gun" in terms of being a goal scorer. He did score a bunch of goals last season, but most of them were Holmstrom-esque. Yet another reason to pick him up; Homer's leaving and Hanzal can take his place on the PP.
I wouldn't be shocked to see Ken Holland go after Tomas Kopecky if he could be had for less than $2m; Kopecky has always been pretty good in front of the net also and would give the Wings another big, physical, mobile player who can play.
I don't want my memories of Kopecky's final shift in Detroit to be tainted.
This team has won 8 straight playoff games! That's very impressive.
In his first season, Yzerman seems to have assembled a team built for the playoffs. I wouldn't think that looking at their roster. Several star players, but the other players are hardly proven playoff vets.
I didn't think these guys were getting out of the first round.