I agree that the bandwagon is enormous. Without a doubt. And there will be those that wander away as the season begins next year. But guess what? It's true for every major city. I saw it happen when the Red Wings entered the playoffs every year. A lot of fans just don't care enough to watch an entire season, be it in basketball or hockey. I bet there are far more Celtics fans right now than there were 5 weeks ago. It's a part of the game.
As for how things were back before the renaissance, I don't think you fully understand what Dollar Bill did to that team. As others have said around these parts, we were damn good back in the early 90s. And from then on it was like the dark ages. A lot of fans refused to support Wirtz as a result, including a diehard like my dad. I understand it, but I don't expect many Red Wings fans to understand.
It'd be great if Red Wings fans could just congratulate the Hawks and move on. But a lot of the smug whininess seen here is exactly why fans across the NHL aren't exactly sad when the Wings get knocked out.
Let the Hawks have their time.