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by Paul on 01/24/13 at 09:06 AM ET
from Michale Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Maybe, the team that parity forgot has finally been sucked into the cycle. The Red Wings have not had a top-10 draft pick since 1991. It has been five years since they won the Cup, four years since they made it to the Finals, three years since they made it past the second round. That fits into a picture that shows seven different teams winning the Cup in the past seven years since the salary cap was instituted in 2005.
Detroit fans have been spoiled, like few others, for 20 years. They might be getting some comeuppance this season, but their team should not be dismissed. The Red Wings remain one of the best-run organizations on the planet, and they still have Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. They can make the playoffs. Or, if they miss, surely they will win the draft lottery.
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