Would I rather be the Red Wings and make the playoffs every year, but not win the Cup every single year or be Edmonton, Buffalo, NYI, Florida, Carolina, Toronto, etc. who have "tanked it" for years now and are still no closer to a Stanley Cup than the Red Wings? Damn right I would.
"Tanking it" is no guarantee of anything. The Wings already re-tooled "on the fly" once and made it back to win one cup and almost a second.
Edmonton, Carolina, Tampa, amongst other teams, all had Stanley Cups on their resume and quickly became non playoff teams. Chicago and LA are more the exception than the rule. Talent doesn't always translate into wins. There is much more to it than that.
No team, in any sport, competes for a championship every single year for decades at a time.
We have 23 straight playoffs appearances and 4 cups in that time.
The Bruins made the playoffs 29 straight times and won 2 cups in that time
Blackhawks had 28 straight playoffs appearances and 0 cups in that time
The blues 25 straight. 0 cups
Canadiens 24 straight. 8 cups
Every other one is below us in playoffs streaks. So aside from Montreal and their unreal streak I would say our playoff streak and cup wins in that time is right up there and better than anyone but Montreal. So Ya we've stumbled a bit recently but we've done well for ourselves.
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