I know I have said this before but I will say it again.
Dave Tallon deserves much of the credit for the rebuild of the Hawks. Keep in mind that he was the GM from the mid 90s to 2009. He drafted all the top talent that you see out there today. Stan Bowman has drafted some key players. Shaw was a big pickup for them in the draft. Still, the Bowmans were not a factor back when Tallon was drafting these great players.
If the Wings want to follow in the success of Chicago, then they should do what Chicago did.
1. Suck for 10+ years. Get a number of top draft picks.
2. Draft great players and develop them.
3 Sign a big free agent like Hossa.
How many would be happy with missing the playoffs for a period of time to get top draft picks? Not many.