The Red Wings have long been considered one of the best-managed franchises. From ownership on down, their consistency is envied around the league.
Four Stanley Cup championships in 14 years can have that affect. Beyond getting the right players for a team, and having the right coaches to lead them it comes down to finding a way to pay everyone—and keep the players happy.
In the days before the implementation of the salary cap, many pointed to the Wings as the NHL version of the Yankees—an organization that could out-pay any team to get the player they wanted.
Smart people realize that it takes much more than big names and contracts to build a great team. Just ask the Miami Heat.
Once the salary cap came into being, many assumed that the Wings would fall back to the pack. Instead, they have made it to the finals twice since then, winning once.
Even with all that has gone right; the team has definitely put together some bad contracts.
Here are the worst contracts in Red Wings have signed.