DudeMan2766 wrote:I just hold solace in thinking those Detroit teams from (wow) 95-09, and the Devils who won 3 in 9 years, even they got bounced early several times and had heartbreakers. Obviously things are different, but thats the hope I have that even the best of teams fail miserably for a few years and come back and win time and again.
That's a great call. Especially with regard to DET, I think it's important to recognize and emulate the culture of winning the organIzation breeds... step one, in my opinion, becomes adopting a change in strategy.
Totally agree. I think people myself included are more inclined to wonder about the future because of the way we lost a few series the past 4 years or even how we played in the ones we won.
Now NJ and Detroit lost in first round upsets for sure. But our losses seem not to be comparable.
I know that's probably not a fair statement but I think that's how people feel.
Compard to 93 is hard but remember we lost after losing Bourque to FA, Trottier to retirement, Errey to trade. We had Murphy, Two Samuelsons, Ramsey so we weren't as bad talent wise in our end as some people think but seemed to loose that little bit up front.
We can't win in every year but in 93 we had various issues including Mario's cancer AND back, Stevens out late in game 7, an that "it" factor from our lower lines.
Moving forward Tocchet got hurt and never was the same, Stevens as well to a point. Mullen had another decent year but tailed off IIRC. Throw in the bad trades (player forced or not) and depending on why happens in with GMRS we could see some similarities for sure.