The Detroit Red Wings have been a playoff team for the last 21 seasons, in that time making six Finals appearances and winning four Stanley Cups. One of the most dominant teams in professional sports for the last two decades, the Wings successfully managed to stay on top even through the NHL’s implementation of a salary cap system following a lockout in 2004-05. Yet now, as the 2012-13 season approaches, many pundits are wondering if this is the end of a dynasty’s reign.

“…the Red Wings could be headed for their biggest drop since they joined the NHL’s elite two decades ago.” – John Kreiser,

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