And they've had a rich, stable, owner for just about 30 years now.
The Red Wings have kept their GM, Holland almost as long as 17 Year Regier... however, they've also been in the playoffs every one of those years and won the cup 3 times in that span.
I look at these stats and it makes me so angry that the franchise is run so ineptly, it's so typical for anything in Buffalo, and Pegula has a big wallet and no clue he's getting conned by "The Hockey Genius" Regier sucks!!!!!!!!!!!
Since the playing field got leveled in '05 they have been (slowly) regressing towards the mean. Not terribly surprising that in the year that they lose Lidstrom, they come closest to missing the dance.