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Dare we call Red Wings a dynasty?

Friday, 06.12.2009 / 2:09 PM ET / News
By Christy Hammond  - Community Relations Manager
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Dare we call Red Wings a dynasty?
PITTSBURGH – Five Stanley Cup titles in 12 years. The Red Wings have won, on average, a Stanley Cup every 2.4 years since 1997. Thirty teams enter each season with the express hopes and dreams of winning Lord Stanley’s Cup and the Wings have had a shot in each of the last 18 postseasons, a truly remarkable accomplishment.

“The two things about our organization that I’m, besides the Stanley Cups, that I’m most proud of number one, it’s 100 points for nine consecutive seasons and I know that there is overtime and shootouts now, but in a parity league the last four years – it’s hard to get 100 points consistently, year in and year out,” General Manager Ken Holland said.

When someone says the word dynasty in an NHL context, one thinks of great teams like the Canadiens from the late 1950s and 1970s, the NY Islanders in the early 1980s, and the Edmonton Oilers of the late 1980s. The Canadiens won five Stanley Cup titles in seven years under the tutelage of coach Scotty Bowman in the 1970s, but even more impressive was when Maurice Richard led the franchise to a league-best five straight from 1956 to 1960. With the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier on the roster, the Oilers took over with five Cup wins in seven seasons.

So can you refer to the Wings as a modern dynasty in the same breath as the previously mentioned dynasties?

“I just think it’s a special organization from top to bottom and, for me, I think you can put this team up against any of the teams in history and they would be right there with them,” ESPN the Magazine senior writer E.J. Hradek said. “I think this really is a dynasty they’ve built in Detroit. I don’t think there’s any question about that for me.”

Sure, it may have taken the Wings 12 years to win five titles while the Canadiens and Oilers did it in seven or less, but ruling out the Wings from the dynasty label merely because of that comparison does the franchise injustice. Edmonton and Montreal never had to compete under a salary cap nor did those past dynasties fight against 30 teams for the Cup each year.

“For them to win five Cups in 12 years, I think that’s probably even more dramatic than the Edmonton Oilers winning five in seven during that era just because it’s more difficult and the last two, of course, were in the salary cap era and I think those Cups is a more arduous journey because there is so much parity,” USA Today reporter Kevin Allen said.

The Red Wings durability over time despite changes in the game attests to the strength of the team’s front office and ownership, who made the necessary adjustments after the NHL imposed the salary cap in 2005 and still found a way to win.

“Five Cups in 12 years is extraordinary given that the Wings won before the salary cap, after the salary cap. They’ve won losing great players and replacing them with others. It’s a tribute to this organization to be able to win under any circumstances,” Sports Illustrated reporter Michael Farber said.

The best part? Wings general manager Ken Holland believes his team has at least three or four more years as a legitimate contender for the Stanley Cup.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
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8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80