DETROIT -- With their abundance of injuries, life for the Detroit Red Wings has been careening down a miserable path.
They now find themselves in a battle to finish in the top spot of the NHLs Central Division.
Gone are the days when the Wings would cruise through their divisional rivals. Many of the Red Wings' critics always pointed to the weak Central as their playground, where they would rack up points and hardly break a sweat.
In a hard-cap league that, for the most part, has competent management throughout, parity has become the norm in todays NHL.
With so many teams competing for a playoff berth, the NHLs trade-deadline day -- moved up two weeks as part of the 2005 CBA agreement -- has become an anti-climactic event that finds many more teams buying than selling their assets.
If deadline day remained the same under the current CBA, it would have been March 12.
As Red Wing fans can attest to, a lot has happened since Feb. 27, when Detroit moved Mike Commodore to Tampa ...