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Calm Down, Wings Fans. The Sky Isn't Falling.

DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 24, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Red Wings 3-1.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Rob MilanovContributor IOctober 30, 2009

Alright, my fellow Wingnuts. It's time to put away the cyanide capsules. Just because we're not the favorites to win the Cup from day one, doesn't mean we don't have plenty to be proud of. Since when did we become Yankees fans? Are we really that spoiled?

Ilitch and Holland have been very good to their fans over the last couple of decades. And in the post-lockout, salary cap era, they will have years that they can't go out and pick up every hot free agent on the market. Therefore, every incarnation of the team is not going to be a Cup-contender.

We still have plenty of exciting young players to watch, along with a few established stars that have yet to enter the twilight of their career.

Be thankful that you still have a quality product to watch. Try to remember what your team has given you:

Four Cups in twelve years.

Five Western Conference Championships.

Eighteen straight playoff berths.

Eight Norris winners, three Lady Byngs, Four Selkes, and a Jack Adams Trophy.

In conclusion, if you can't handle a "re-building" year every couple of decades, go buy a Crosby jersey. The Wings are still the greatest team in the modern era, even if they are currently tied for last place.



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