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Are The Detroit Red Wings Too Old?

This is a question that is asked every year before the beginning of the season.

As part of the NHL’s 30 in 30 they once again brought up the point that the Wings’ are an “old” team.

Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Todd Bertuzzi and Niklas Kronwall are all huge parts of the Red Wings’ core, and all of them are over 30 years old. Add Weiss, 30, and Alfredsson, 40, to the mix of elder statesmen, and Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson and Drew Miller will all join them in the 30-plus club during the season.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi are not huge parts of the Red Wings core heading into next season. In fact, when they see ice time it will probably be as a third or fourth line role player, real core guys there.

With all of the questions about Detroit being an old team, I decided to take a look around our new division take their projected starting line-ups and average out the forwards’ age, defensemens’ age, and the overall age of the team.





Boston Bruins

2 – 29.27

6 – 27.50

2 – 28.48

Buffalo Sabres

8 – 26.00

5 – 27.83

6 – 26.94

Detroit Red Wings

1 – 29.83

7 – 27.00

1 – 28.84

Florida Panthers

3 – 27.41

2 – 29.66

4 – 27.95

Montreal Canadiens

3 – 27.41

3 – 28.16

5 – 27.59

Ottawa Senators

7 – 26.50

3 – 28.16

7 – 26.88

Tampa Bay Lightning

5 – 27.00

1 – 30.33

3 – 28.06

Toronto Maple Leafs

6 – 26.58

8 – 26.83

8 – 26.59

Scale: 1 = oldest and 8 = youngest

It turns out that the Detroit Red Wings are the oldest team in the new Atlantic Division, but only by under half a year. The addition of Daniel Alfredsson (40) and the mainstay in Todd Bertuzzi (38) are the reasons that Detroit’s average age the highest in the division.

While the Red Wings’ offense is the oldest in the division, their defense is the second youngest and will be the Achilles heel of the Red Wings next season because of their inexperience.

The youngest team in the division at only 26.59 is the Toronto Maple Leafs, but even they are only 2 years younger than the Red Wings and we have seen where that has gotten them the past 5 years, one playoff appearance.

The Red Wings are not a young team, but they are not an old team either and that Stanley Cup window is not closing anytime soon.

Disclaimer: Do not take these numbers as completely accurate, they are based on projected line-ups and could change before the start of the regular season.

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