It’s pretty self-explanatory.
The Detroit Red Wings were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the third consecutive season. Though most fans had given up on the notion of the Stanley Cup playoffs months ago, it was still a disappointing milestone for a team that had just spent 25 consecutive years playing for a chance to be the last team standing.
A long-time Red Wings fan who lives in Montreal attended Tuesday night’s game at the Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens brought a sign beckoning the former captain to save the team, much like he did with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
— Peter Andrianopoulos (@peterandri) March 12, 2019
The fan, identified as Peter Andrianopoulos, said that he got a positive reaction from Red Wings fans in the crowd, and that even some of the players noticed.
“I didn’t think anybody would pick up on (the sign),” he said during a phone call with The Detroit Free Press
Former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman is rumored to be possibly returning this summer since it was announced that he’d be stepping down as general manager of the Lightning on the eve of this season’s training camp. Given his success in turning Tampa Bay into a powerhouse, fans are hoping their former star can work his same magic in the front office that he did on the ice for the Red Wings for so long.
Ken Holland preaches patience
The Detroit Red Wings were once again sellers at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline as they’ll be on the outside looking in on the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third straight year.
Their two trades were sending defenseman Nick Jensen to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Madison Bowey and a 2020 second-round drat pick, as well as sending Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a conditional 2020 third-round pick.
General manager Ken Holland discussed the moves and the importance of acquiring draft capital as the team builds towards the future.
“At the end of the day, to rebuild, going with youth has got to be done through the draft, it has to be done through multiple picks,” Holland said. “Would I like to have acquired more picks? Yeah I’d love to have acquired more picks. But the market place speaks.”