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Everything ends. Badly, for the most part.

 

The Detroit Red Wings were officially eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday night, ending the club's remarkable 25-year postseason streak.

 

It was the longest active playoff streak in pro sports, and ends tied for the third-longest in NHL history.

 

 

It was a most productive generation. Detroit won six Presidents' trophies, made six trips to the Stanley Cup Final since 1991, and ended up hosting four Stanley Cup parades. It was the kind of streak all sports franchises aspire to, containing greatness both on the team and player levels.

 

"Right now it's hard to talk about, because you're a big reason why it's not continuing," captain Henrik Zetterberg said, writes NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika.

 

 

It's hard to fathom springtime in Detroit without hockey, but that's the reality. The Detroit Tigers will undoubtedly have a lot more eyes on them as the MLB season gets going.

 

"We've given the fans wonderful hockey for a quarter of a century," Jimmy Devellano, the Red Wings' senior vice president, said. "It had to happen. It had to happen."

 

The club won more than 1,100 regular-season games during the streak, and enjoyed its best season in club history in 1995-96, when Detroit finished a remarkable 62-13-7. While that campaign ended in a third-round playoff defeat, two Stanley Cups would follow in 1997 and 1998.

 

Steve Yzerman. Sergei Fedorov. Ken Holland. Scotty Bowman. Nicklas Lidstrom. Pavel Datsyuk. Tomas Holmstrom. Brendan Shanahan. What a run.

http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/1262644

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14 minutes ago, Chip Kelly said:

People still marvel at Detroit's scouting and player development model. 

 

If they are still are great at drafting they should climb out of the basement the same time as the Canucks maybe faster because of their better supposed scouting.

Scouting and drafting has gotten alot better over the years they are still Miles ahead of the Canucks.your not gonna find a zetterberg or datsyuk that far into the draft anymore.

 

Four cups

Six conference championships

Six presidents trophies 

Fourteen division championships

 

That's pretty damn good.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Violator said:

Scouting and drafting has gotten alot better over the years they are still Miles ahead of the Canucks.your not gonna find a zetterberg or datsyuk that far into the draft anymore.

 

Four cups

Six conference championships

Six presidents trophies 

Fourteen division championships

 

That's pretty damn good.

 

 

For sure it's harder to steal a guy. Tampa is pretty good though.

 

Ondrej Palat as a 7 th rounder and Johnny Gaudreau by the Flames were the biggest steals I can think of recently.

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3 hours ago, Riviera82 said:

Who didn't see that coming? Detroit has been just scraping into the playoffs the last few years and getting bounced early every year since 2009. They're done and their "model" is no longer effective.

You mean a model that's won 4 cups and 6 finals appearance throughout that 25 year run? 

 

If anything I think all teams should be following the Detroit model since not every team is going to get a high draft pick but if you can evaluate talent, draft, and develop like Detroit you are going to have a successful franchise. 

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4 hours ago, iinatcc said:

You mean a model that's won 4 cups and 6 finals appearance throughout that 25 year run? 

 

If anything I think all teams should be following the Detroit model since not every team is going to get a high draft pick but if you can evaluate talent, draft, and develop like Detroit you are going to have a successful franchise. 

Their model was successful, it's not anymore. They've been on a slow decline ever since losing the cup in 2009 with no cups, no Finals appearances, no conference final appearances, no PTs, 6 straight years of finishing 3rd or lower in their division, and now finally no playoffs. It's over for them.

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Just now, Riviera82 said:

Their model was successful, it's not anymore. They've been on a slow decline ever since losing the cup in 2009 with no cups, no Finals appearances, no conference final appearances, no PTs, 6 straight years of finishing 3rd or lower in their division, and now finally no playoffs. It's over for them.

If you told me Vancouver could have a 25 playoff streak and just win half of the cups Detroit won during that period and a 7 year cup drought afterwards with a core composed of players taken later round picks, I'll take it. 

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2 minutes ago, iinatcc said:

If you told me Vancouver could have a 25 playoff streak and just win half of the cups Detroit won during that period and a 7 year cup drought afterwards with a core composed of players taken later round picks, I'll take it. 

Me too. All good things come to an end though and they have in Detroit.

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