Quote: Originally Posted by loaba
As much as I dislike the Dead Wings, they're a frikken machine. They must have the best scouting department in the entire NHL. Those guys routinely draft well, from high (meaning bad) positions.
Yeah, they have enjoyed great success through scouting. Also, I think they have had 2 of the best coaches the N.H.L has ever seen, in Scotty Bowman, and Mike Babcock. In addition to that, they always have really great veteran leadership. That's a testament to the quality of the entire Red Wing organization, as guys seem to stick around awhile in Detroit. Many spend their entire career there. All these things add up to a consistent winning formula. I think the Wings have clearly shown that in the last several decades.
As for their fanbase. We are some people who are pretty hard to satisfy. Anything short of a Stanley cup is unacceptable. I think that motivates the team tremendously.