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Proud But Hurting

10/25/2018 at 7:45pm EDT

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

They are proud that after years of rebuilding, the Red Wings made the playoffs 25 straight seasons from 1991-2016, winning more games in the regular season (1,113) and Stanley Cup Playoffs (170) than anyone else. They won the Presidents' Trophy six times, the Stanley Cup four.

It hurts that now, in Devellano's words, they're "back in the 1980s."...

Devellano said he and Holland accept responsibility and the criticism that comes with it.

"We're in a 31-team league, and if you're at the bottom or close to it, you're going to get criticized," Devellano said. "We understand it. We don't enjoy it. But it's just part of the business, and we're big boys."

At the same time, they are resolute that they know the root of the problem and can fix it one way or another, even if they need a reminder, like that newspaper column, of the cycle of life in the NHL.

"We know how we got here," Devellano said....

"We're superstar driven, and it pains me, it pains Ken, that we are bereft of a superstar," Devellano said. "Superstars win games. Superstars sell tickets. Superstars drive TV ratings. And to sit here and not have that kind of player, or preferably players, is painful. But that's as candid as I can be with you. We do have a plan."

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