What remains is not for the faint of heart. It will take people with great dedication to stand by the Red Wings as they face a great threat to their defense of the Stanley Cup.
It's easy to be a fan when the Red Wings are holding championship parades and signing big-name free agents; when they're on incredible winning streaks; when they're dominating the league.
Are you still loudly chanting, "Let's go Red Wings!"?
Or are you now saying, "They never should have signed Joseph," traded for Schneider, hired Dave Lewis. "They should be more like the Stars," Avalanche, Senators, Flyers.
"They should rebuild, this team isn't good enough."
"Wait until next year."
Next year, you might not be a Wings fan, so you might as well quit now. The real fans will be the ones who suffer the agony of defeat or the joy of victory.
At this point, we don't need people who aren't completely behind the team. Get off the bandwagon, it's real fans only from here on out.