Watching a 25-year playoff streak isn't something Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland, or anyone in the organization, wants to celebrate.
But time has come for the Red Wings to miss the boat on post-season play and Holland plans on righting the ship pretty quickly.
"I think we want to be competitive," Holland said on Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet The Fan 590 in Toronto Thursday evening. "I'm a general manager and as long as I'm a general manager I want us to be the very best we can be. I don't believe in tear downs and massive rebuilds because I don't believe you can just guarantee the end result is going to turn out to be Stanley Cups and dynasties."
The Red Wings are expected to be fairly active this off-season, and they're limited in salary cap space and will be creative in accumulating more space.
Detroit could lose a high-priced player via the expansion draft, which would help, but they'll still need to make a move or two in order to create additional flexibility under the cap.
"A rebuild, if you want to go that route, it takes a long time with no guarantees on the other end," Holland said. "If there was guarantees then teams that were bad for a while are automatically going to be the elite teams. Well you can look around the League and it doesn't happen that way."
The Red Wings have only $5 million, roughly, in available salary cap this off-season, but multiple reports suggest the team could look to move the likes of Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Jonathan Ericsson and Petr Mrazek.