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02-23-2013, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by BigT2002 View Post
One down season in the last 20+ years is pretty damn good. We will see how they rebound. If anything they may benefit from a realignment getting them out of a division that is basically a powerhouse now that STL woke the hell up.



That is b/c of the Big 3 retirees who moved to Phoenix (probably the biggest reason they got a team), Dallas, and Anaheim. Detroit is a massive reason for the expansion we've seen to be honest. While those cities are doing pretty well for themselves all things considered, the reason you see that fanbase in record #'s is they always won (bandwagon) or someone before them was a Red Wings fan. It is like when the Yankees come here. You see more NY stuff than Twins stuff sometimes lol.
Agreed on the Yankees analogy. The Yankees have had plenty of down years, but just because they are the Yankees, people are drawn into attendance.

The Red Wings are still the Red Wings with all the history behind the winged wheel even if they aren't having as much on ice success. Thus fans will always be drawn in to games vs the Wings.

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