Detroit Red Wings History: Best Moves in the Ilitch Era, Part 2, Playoff Success

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Detroit Red Wings History: Best Moves in the Ilitch Era, Part 2, Playoff Success
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The Detroit Red Wings had some pieces in place in the 1990s, but it wasn't til a few great acquisitions solidified their defense and bolstered their third and fourth forward lines.

The Red Wings were solid as a team; with the drafting of forwards Steve Yzerman and Sergei Federov, and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, they were well on their way to success.

But the Red Wings needed more than just those three individuals to win a Stanley Cup.

This article is part of my three part series that examines (in chronological order) the best roster moves under the tenure of owner Mike Ilitch that helped Detroit attain the Stanley Cup, while building a dynasty in the process.

Part one is here if you missed it, and part three is here.

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