Detroit has had three days to ponder their collapse against the Coyotes, a game in which they blew a three-goal third-period lead and lost in a shootout, 5-4. Detroit coach Mike Babcock called out his club after the loss, questioning whether it was truly a championship-caliber team. Expect those words to hit home with the veteran Red Wings, who arenít far from falling into rebuilding mode if they donít win the Stanley Cup this season.
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Aren't far from falling into rebuilding mode without a cup this season? Is this guy even watching hockey? The UFAs we have after this season are Modano, Draper, Eaves, Miller, Lidstrom, Salei, Ericsson, Osgood, and McDonald. Of those 9, I believe Lidstrom will return after yet another Norris worthy season, Osgood and Draper will either return at reduced rates or retire, and we will most likely sign a role player like Eaves/Miller. Not to mention that I can't see Mikey retiring after a season like this without a cup. Can anyone tell me where the rebuilding is here? The offensive core is in tact until 2014-15 and the defensive core has one more year until major UFAs (Rafalski, Stuart, and Kronwall) are looking at new contracts. Of those defensive UFAs in 2012-13 I can't see us losing a whole lot that would classify us as in "rebuilding" any time soon. Does anyone else think this statement has any validity because I am just not seeing it?