Detroit Red Wings: 5 Reasons the Team Needs to Rebuild

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Detroit Red Wings: 5 Reasons the Team Needs to Rebuild
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It is over.

Just two weeks into the postseason, the Detroit Red Wings' season is over.

No one expected their first-round series against Nashville to be easy, but most expected it to be long.

As it turns out, the Predators made easy work of the Red Wings and finished the series in five games.

So much for expectations.

It is over.

What makes this series loss particularly tough to take is the fact that it fits what has started to become a familiar pattern for the Red Wings.

After falling one game shy of repeating as Stanley Cup champions in 2009, the Red Wings have failed to advance past the second round of the playoffs.

For some franchises, that's actually not that troubling a trend, as many clubs simply want to make it to the playoffs each season and go from there.

But, for the Red Wings, and for the city of Detroit, early-round exits just don't cut the mustard.

It is tough to look at their roster on paper and cut many holes in it.

They've got a dynamic pair of core forwards in Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

A legitimately solid No. 1 one goalie in Jimmy Howard.

And, at least to this point, they still have one of the best defensemen of all time in Nicklas Lidstrom.

However, though they sport a solid supporting cast of players, it seems these are the roles that have not been adequately filled over the past three seasons.

Be it Jiri Hudler, Dan Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi or even Johan Franzen, a proven playoff juggernaut in years past, Detroit is consistently coming up short on second-tier contributors in the playoffs.

While most of the league is busy each summer significantly retooling or even rebuilding their teams, the Red Wings have been more conservative, preferring careful tweaks to full blown overhauls.

It is over.

As of now, that conservative approach to building a team is no longer an option for GM Ken Holland.

At least, not if he expects his team to start playing past the first round with any regularity.

In particular, there are five very important reasons all signs point to a large-scale rebuild to take place in Detroit this summer.

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