And what does making the playoffs do? This team can't a series of good games together and then they'll face Washington or Tampa..This wouldn't end well.
Being realistic is not throwing in the towel it's wanting necessary changes in order to set the team up for a brighter future.
Making the playoffs, at the very least, gives our young guys NHL playoff experience. At best, a shot at the Cup. I know that doesn't seem too realistic at the moment, but the NHL playoffs are very unpredictable. Injuries, slumps, hot streaks, and pressure all play a factor. As Wings fans, we should know this better than anyone. Each of those factors led us to an early exit or a championship at some point over the past 25 years. We nearly beat TB last year and Washington, despite all the good regular seasons they've had, have never really done anything in the history of the playoffs. Ever.
Being realistic is giving young players and a young coach time to develop at the NHL level. Not everyone is a Crosby/Ovechkin level superstar that makes an immediate impact right away. As for the "overpriced" vets, that some of you want to get rid of, they're the difference between us being a playoff team or a team like the Edmonton Oilers. Vets help the young players get up to speed quicker. Guys like Richards, Quincey, Helm, and Green are necessary components of a quick and successful rebuilding process.
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