Like it or not given the option of having a top of the line talent from North America (Preferably USA, but Canada counts too) and a Top flight Euro.
Detroit fans would opt for the North American every single time
Learning Taco Bell meat is not meat is like learning that cigarettes are addictive
Guys like Draper, Maltby, Homstrom and Lidstrom have been with this team forever.. but they still do not talk. People don't want to connect with Swedes, they want to connect with Americans, and sadly, the moderate fan cannot connect with a guy like Draper who isn't going to lite up the lamp.
Red Wings fans have connected with Europeans for 15 years now, thinking a lack of a NA star being the main reason why the Joe isn't sold out like it's been for the past 10 years is a major cop out.
In the end, it comes down to the lockout. It separated fans from the game, and they may never come back. The NHL isn't going to bring in news fans, so they are stuck with the die hards, and there aren't many of us. It's something, if it does get fixed, is going to take alot of time to fix.