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04-14-2005, 11:53 PM
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Detroit is in a state where they're continually retooling in order to perpetuate their contender status, and they do it well. They have a good young core in Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Grigorenko, and they have a lot of playoff-worn superveterans that can help develop those young guys in Shanahan, Chelios (if he comes back to Detroit), Hatcher, Lidstrom, Draper, Maltby and McCarty.

Detroit will always have a chance to win the cup if they simply retool with free agents in the 27-35 age range. Incessant trading is not necessary for a team that attracts veterans with both its perennial contender status and high payroll ability.

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