Since Ryan Suter and Zach Parise agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild on Independence Day, the Detroit Red Wings have been reassessing what appears to be their limited options.
While the Wings take a long, hard look in the mirror before they begin to implement Plan B, C, D or even E, there's a theory being bandied about as to why the mighty Wings have not fared well in the free-agent market.
For years, Detroit has spent money like a drunken sailor on shore leave. Its fans expect them to go out and acquire top talent by paying top dollar.
Even non-hockey fans have heard of the Red Wings, simply because they're labeled the New York Yankees of the NHL.
Anytime a players agent could say that Detroit was in the mix for his clients services, the asking price jumped and became too rich for many teams. Whether the Wings were interested or not, they set the rate that other teams had to accept or, in most cases, decline.
Now that the league has spent the past several years firmly ent...