Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Jimmy Devellano is considered to be the architect of modern-day Detroit Red Wings hockey. Over the span of 31 years, Devellano, now the Red Wings senior vice president, has created a culture of winning and excellence that's unrivaled in the city's professional sports history. Never one to shy away from giving his opinion, Devellano acknowledges that Chicago built its team following the Detroit model, and that the Blackhawks' style does resemble great Red Wings teams of the recent past. But unlike those Red Wings teams, which were at or near the top of league standings for decades, a hard salary-cap NHL will make the Blackhawks' reign difficult to sustain. You cant have a dynasty anymore, Devellano said. Its going to be hard because the cap and the draft really do work. "What they both do is, they create tremendous parity, and the people in New York -- the Gary B. Bettmans -- are rubbing their hands in glee. They love it I think were going to be a league with different teams ...
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