Originally written on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 11/3/14

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 22: General Manager, Ken Holland, of the Detroit Red Wings listens to a question during a press conference on November 22, 2005 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The team was holding a press conference on the condition of player, Jiri Fischer, who collapsed when his heart stopped during a game on November 21. Fisher is listed in improved condition. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)
The Red Wings suffered a huge blow with the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom. Many fans of the Red Wings can't remember a time where he wasn't dominating their blue line, and now this season they'll be looking at Carlo Colaiacovo back there. Tomas Holmstrom is retiring officially on Tuesday, and while they will be captained by the always excellent Henrik Zetterberg and will be forcing opponents to deal with Pavel Datsyuk, their roster seems to lack the zing it's had in the past. Factor in a very unpredictable 48-game season, and there's a possibility that this might be the first year since 1990 that the Wings don't make the playoffs. GM Ken Holland reminded fans of that possibility in an interview with Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press, saying: "There's the possibility that we might not make the playoffs this year," the Wings general manager said Wednesday at the Detroit Sportscasters Association luncheon at Hockeytown Cafe. "But nobody can run and hide from you any longer in this league. You can't stockpile players. You're constantly tweaking. You're constantly changing. And that's why all 16 teams that make the playoffs now can win the Stanley Cup." The trick is making the playoffs, and don't tell me that the Red Wings don't have that one down pat. Mike Babcock can get blood from a stone, and he can get playoffs from this line up. Holland knows this, so why the statement? Simple: temper expectations. When you have one of the best GMs out there telling his fans to be realistic, it provides a cushion of expectations. For some weird reason, if the Wings don't make the cut, then at the very least fans can look at Holland and go "well, he warned us, I guess." It takes the heat off of him if he's seen as being honest from the get go, and that's good PR for him and for the team. Don't worry, though, Wings fans -- you'll make the playoffs. If you don't, I'll eat my Blues hat. Image via DetroitNews.com [follow]
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