The Detroit Red Wings set up a dynasty that was about to win five Stanley Cups in 13 years. Through an incredible wording, timely exchanges and a contract gap on the part of their general manager, they created a team that made the playoffs of 25 consecutive games without needing to take time to rebuild.
And then it changed.
The guys they relied on to excel in their late 30s and early 40s began to retire. His replacements began to retreat. The free agents Detroit brought to fill the void began to sign elsewhere. The second-tier boys that Detroit signed in their place did not produce. And the contracts that were granted joined and prevented a youth movement from spreading its wings. The central office could not capture a disappearance that was already underway and, instead, believed that if they kept the streak alive and reached the playoffs, then anything could happen.
But finally, in 2017, they missed the postseason and started doing it dramatically. Finally there is hope with an old face for a new general manager, but Holland puts the team in a place big enough so that it is not a quick recovery.
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