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The Detroit Red Wings Facing An Identity Crisis?

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The words struggling and debunk just don’t seem to fit the mantra of one of the NHL‘s elite franchises, the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings were an organization was part of the original six.

The original six group also featured the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks. Along with taking part in the NHL’s first games, the Detroit squad was a durable group of tough guys through the years.

As a hockey club, the Red Wings commanded respect from opposing teams. The city of Detroit is no stranger to winning championships. The Wings team and organization currently hold 11 Stanley Cups, with the most recent coming in 2008.

For multiple seasons, “the motor city maniacs” would find themselves as a team contending in the playoffs. Often times other teams would go into a state of fear and panic every time they would have to play the dangerous Detroit hockey club. However, in recent years, their once-dominating ice presence has faded in the background and is now a distant memory for Wings fans. The team’s star power is almost nonexistent this season.

One question being asked tonight by reporters isn’t if the opposition can defeat Detroit — but rather, who is the Detroit Red Wings after the era of Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood, Tomsd Holmstrom and Niklas Lidstrom? How does a hockey organization go about replacing the irreplaceable players of a once great hockey team?

Currently, the Wings sits in 14 place overall in the league standings and they are ranked seventh in their Western Conference division. The question has to be asked — are the Red Wings running on empty?

By Anthony Sicilia