Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/21/12 at 11:30 AM ET
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
They have not spoken the word in more than 20 years. But now, after three straight seasons of early playoff exits, is it time for a rebuild in Detroit? Or can this storied franchise merely get by with a re-tool?
That is the question facing Red Wings GM Ken Holland after the fifth-seeded Western Conference team lost 2-1 to the Nashville Predators on Friday night and became the first team to be eliminated in the playoffs.
It was a close series. Four of the five games were decided by one-goal. And if not for a red-hot Pekka Rinne, we might be looking at a entirely different outcome. Still, there was little optimism in how this all ended for an ageing team that is not getting any younger.
“To me, that’s not close,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told reporters after the loss. “Four to one [in the series] is not close.
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