He agrees with you. I don't. I don't think we're favorites, but this team is more than capable of winning a Stanley Cup. We have great depth, our top 6 all has the potential to do well in the playoffs and hopefully our defense will be well improved. Obviously on paper it's worse this year but hopefully with a new defensive coach we will be able to shut teams down. The thing I'm most worried about, frankly, is how effective Datsyuk and Zetterberg will be. Strange as it is.
What you're seeing from GMR is called defensive pessimism, though he's sure to falsely label it as 'realism.' He's also apparently forgotten the giant uproar during the 2007 offseason, during which the Wings lost Calder and Bertuzzi and added only Drake. But hey, some people would rather wuss out than risk disappointment.