Not having their #1 goalie in that series sure didn't help them much.
The Bolts have a scary amount of depth, and are building a team that will be great for a lot of years. It is a team that has as much, if not more, talent in their system as the Wings do, with the exception that their stars are still very young. Winning doesn't happen over night, and Stevie Y has done a lot of a job with that team. They will become the class of the East sooner rather than later.
Good thing the Wings were 100% healthy in the playoffs.
If the Wings don't win the Cup every year, Holland sucks and the team needs to be blown up and he needs to be fired. If Holland had signed Filppula, he'd have been an idiot, but Yzerman is a genius for signing him.
Completely rebuilding a team with low draft picks while not missing the playoffs doesn't happen easily or overnight either.
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