Connect with us

Detroit Red Wings News

Calm down, Red Wings fans, this is what a rebuild looks like

Published

on

This year, it’s the Detroit Red Wings who are showing fans of Detroit sports that the preseason truly doesn’t matter.

After winning seven of eight games on the exhibition slate, the Red Wings have stumbled out of the gate to start the regular season. Before Monday evening’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, the team had accrued a record of 0-3-2; a total of two points through their first five games. (Now 0-4-2 post-Montreal) Through those five games, the team has combined to score 11 goals (now 14), while giving up a total of 23 (now 30). Not exactly a recipe for success, that’s for certain.

But, some of us (myself included at times) are forgetting one thing: this is what was supposed to happen.

I’ll admit it; rebuilding sucks. Cycling younger players through the system, hoping to find a few who might have a chance to be legitimate contributors in a few years. But, finding those players is the tricky part. When the team selected Filip Zadina with the sixth-overall pick in last year’s draft, there was hope (and maybe even some expectation) that he would start the season in Detroit; that he’d be a regular contributor right from the start. But after a slow-going training camp and preseason, the youngster was slated for a beginning-of-the-season stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Fellow first-rounder Joe Veleno was sent back to juniors for the duration of this season as well, meaning that we will most likely not see him in the NHL at all this season.

That’s not to say that either of them are not going to be good, or maybe even great players. It’s just not their time yet.

But, this is what a rebuild looks like.

There are going to be stretches when veterans are hurt, and four rookie defensemen play in the same game. (yeah, that one has already happened as well.) Wins are going to be hard to come by, but this stretch serves a purpose. Believe it or not, we may very well be watching the stars of the near-future begin to blossom right before our very eyes, or at least we had better hope that we are.

Fortunately, the team does have some veteran presence. Thomas VanekNiklas Kronwall, Frans NielsenDylan Larkin, and others will fill that desperately necessary position. It’s vital for the development of young players.

There is no timeline that precisely tells us how long a rebuild lasts exactly. All we know for certain is that it takes a lot of losing to ultimately reach the end of the process. Youngsters get acclimated to the system, and figure out where they need to make changes in order to become competent. It’s much more of a marathon than a sprint, to be sure.

While the Red Wings are most definitely early in the rebuild process, it’s good to remember that guys like Zadina, Veleno, and other highly-anticipated draft picks are going to make their way through the system and to Detroit at some point. The hard part is dealing with the massive amounts of losing that the team is sure to continue going through. But remember one thing: this is what a rebuild looks like.

Leave your vote

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Comments

Born and raised Michigander. Former mixed martial artist, currently attempting to figure out how to golf without embarrassing myself. Very passionate Michigan sports fan. Wolverines, Red Wings, Tigers, Pistons and Lions. Life is good as a fan of Michigan sports!

Detroit Red Wings News

SNEAK PEEK: Saturday’s Detroit Free Press front page is all about Steve Yzerman coming home

Published

on

On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially returned home to the Detroit Red Wings.

Here is a sneak peek at the front page for Saturday’s Detroit Free Press.

Well done by the Free Press!

Comments

Continue Reading

Detroit Red Wings News

REPORT: Sergei Fedorov could return to Detroit Red Wings

Published

on

On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially came home to the Detroit Red Wings.

But could one of his old pals be joining him in the Motor City?

According to 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger, he heard today that Yzerman might bring former Red Wings’ great Sergei Fedorov into the organization.

Nation, would you like to see Fedorov back in the Red Wings’ organization? Do you think he would consider coming back before his No. 91 is retired?

BREAKING: Steve Yzerman officially introduced as Detroit Red Wings’ GM

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

Comments

Continue Reading

Detroit Red Wings News

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

Published

on

Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere are celebrating the official news that Steve Yzerman is now the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Take a listen as he joins 97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti to talk about the timing of the hiring and some additional insight.

BONUS CONTENT:

Ken Holland the architect of Steve Yzerman’s return

Well, who would have thought that?

According to a report from Sportsnet, it was none other than Ken Holland who was the leading force behind Steve Yzerman’s return to the Red Wings to take over his position, and has been working on it for months.

Of course, it was Ken Holland who declined this move the first time around in 2010. Red Wings ownership allegedly wanted to tap Yzerman as the successor to Holland, who didn’t want to move “upstairs” just quite yet. Yzerman then went to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and for the past nine years, has built them into a powerhouse and yearly contender for the Stanley Cup.

Holland, who has been the team’s GM since 1997, was asked earlier this month on 97.1 The Ticket about remaining with the Red Wings.

“That’s a great question,” Holland said. “I don’t have an answer for you. But I am a proud, proud Red Wing and I love being a Red Wing and I love living in Michigan. We’ve put roots down. I love the fans, I love the people that work for the Red Wings, I love the young players.

“Certainly would be very difficult for me to leave.”

BONUS CONTENT:

Tampa Bay Lightning swept in Round 1

Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Embed from Getty Images

Comments

Continue Reading

Trending

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.