When I was a kid, the Red Wings had really old guys. Alex Delvecchio looked like the guys who lived in the old folks home I delivered papers to when he was still playing in the NHL, Gordie Howe was an icon who seemed to be as old as hockey itself.
The modern Red Wings are back to having an “established” roster, as only one of their forwards is 23 or under (source: their website) and only one defender is 23 or under. The forward is Jiri Hudler and the defender is Derek Meech.
The Oilers on the other hand have 6 forwards 23 or under (Brodziak, Cogliano, Gagner, Jacques, Pouliot, Stortini) and incredibly FIVE defensemen who are 24 years old on the dot (plus Smid who is 21).
The Oilers feel the need for a rebuild was there, the Red Wings eschew that kind of activity and have done so (to my knowledge) for most of the last 20 years. The Red Wings can be accused of being long in the tooth, but it’s obvious to everyone their plan involves competing for victories every night Detroit is on the schedule.