Scotty Bowman predicts how long it will take Steve Yzerman to build a contender in Detroit

By W.G. Brady  - Senior News Desk Writer
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How many times have you heard that said or seen it written over the past two seasons since Steve Yzerman took over as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings?

Well, if you have faith in Yzerman eventually getting the job done and building the Red Wings into a contender like they once were, all you can do at this moment is trust the Yzerplan.

But, how long will it take Yzerman to build a contender in Detroit?

Well, according to former Red Wings coach and NHL legend Scotty Bowman, it takes five years to build a team.

From Detroit Free Press:

“Steve Yzerman has put Detroit in a pretty good position for the next two or three years to sign players to the right contracts. They have cap space now. When you get players in the draft you typically have to wait two or three years for them to develop. They can augment the drafted players and can go out and compete to get players now. There will be some good ones coming up in the marketplace because the teams they’re with have no more cap room.

“To have a good team and keep it together takes a lot of gymnastics. Steve’s not impatient. It takes five years to build a team and he’s only in his second year. Look what he did in Tampa Bay. Those are his players and look how well they’ve done.”

Nation, how long do you think it will take Yzerman to build a contender in Hockeytown?

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