So, here we are again, unfortunately.
In the end, fans could take some comfort in the notion that the Red Wings really did everything but win that series.
Coming back from 0-3 was thrilling enough, but the fact that each of those games could have gone either way, and that the Wings emptied their tank in Game 7, should convince most that, as far as passion and determination goes, the Wings don' t have much work ahead of them in that department.
However, when it comes to personnel and moves to be made going forward, there's a bevy of questions facing the squad and the answers are likely to be slow in coming.
With their front-office team of GM Ken Holland and Assistant GM Jim Nill more or less ensconced, head coach Mike Babcock securely under contract and a core of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen to build around, the Wings are better off than most teams in the NHL.
Still, there are some major pieces that could end up falling away this summer, and figuring out how to put new ones into place is going to keep the Wings brass busy for the majority of the offseason.
There's many questions surrounding the Red Wings at this point, here's 10 of the biggest.
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