The Detroit Red Wings are a shell of the team we all know and love. There are a lot of the same players from those former teams, but very little of the consistency we have become accustomed to. Blame it on the injuries all you want, but I'm not buying it. See, when teams want to win they find a way. We have superstars, but we also have players that don't think you need to play solid for 60 minutes, and that's an issue.
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Babs cant light a fire. Z and Pav can't do it all. Howard isn't going to be on all the time, so what do you do in those situations? you band together as a team, and you fight. You clamp down defensively and let those patient, effective decisions create your offensive chances.
This team needs to decide what type of hockey they want to play. We've seen them beat good teams, but we've also seen them get destroyed by teams like Columbus and Calgary. What Gives?
I know its a pipe dream to think that this team can be improved through a trade without over paying or sacrificing your future, but maybe going the season status-quo and hoping you can improve through free agency and promotions will just leave the team in the same situation next year.
Remember when the Wings dominated in 94-94 & 95-96 yet still fell short? What happened? Management shook the team up. They traded a young promising forward with huge potential and one of the greatest offensive defensemen to play the game to the Whale and brought in Shanahan. Today that deal seems like a no-brainer because Primeaux ended up fizzling out in his prime, and Coffee was winding down, while Shanny was one of the trio of players that defined this team for a decade along with Yzerman and Lidstrom. At the time it wasn't so cut and dry, but sometimes those type of bold moves are what's needed.
I'm not saying that trading for someone like Bowmeester or Iginla will make us back-to-back champions, but I think you guys get where I'm trying to go with this.
Will our young guys be able to step it up and take over this team in the future? some of them might. Some may not pan out like we hope. We can't always hold onto the promise or potential some of our prospects have. We shouldn't trade them all for proven veterans either, but sometimes you may need to let one go. I think as fans we fall in love with the players on the team and in the system, and that makes it hard to fairly evaluate a trade scenario. Management and coaching fall victim to this at times as well.
Today is a new day, and another chance to set this team on the right course, trade or no trade. Will they respond? probably. Will they continue to build off that? That's the question that only time will tell.If the first part of the season is any indication, the rest of this season may not end so well.
I would say now is when trading all those first rounders is coming back to bite us. Robert Lang and Kyle Quincey anyone?
there are too many players who for what ever reasons do not play how they should. People will hate on me for saying this but i really think only a few core players should be kept while most of the veteran roster should be gotten rid of .
keep Pav & Z a few 1st year guys and get rid of the rest ! to include Franzen, Fil , kroner ,Abby Cleary Sammy , and others
I say it's too tough right now. Too many injuries to blow up the team. Too short a season. With the new division coming, less travel, somewhat weaker teams, I think there is too much to give up. And Wings are not out of it all yet. Still in the fight b/c the West is so close. Quite possibly we can get healthy at the right time. On the upside what this season has provided or will provide is a lot of good looks at what we do have in GR. Also gives teams that are looking for players to trade a good look at what we can trade away if necessary. No other team, no other coach, no other organization can deal with what we have dealt with this season.
@dudeinvta What recent season haven't we said there were too many injuries to tell. There are a lot of teams with injuries, and we've had them before too. This team has just been less responsive and less responsive. The players who seem to try hard get benched or sent down in favor of players to tired or lazy to get it done. Look at Ottawa- they were a crappy team who lost their two best players for the season (their only two good ones) and they are basically us in the East. We are better than that and haven't lost the stars like they have. No reason for us to piddle away success. If we are to fail, let's blow it up and rebuild. If we are to win, then let's commit to getting the best team together we can and consistently put them on the ice. However, let's not be the next Calgary.
@ThroatShot @dudeinvta good point on the Calgary thing. That team has been a failure for years and has refused to reevaluate their approach. I don't think we're at the blow it up point, bit if we do get there let's hope management isn't in denial like Feaster.
@dudeinvta I don't want to blow up the team, I want them to play the game we know they can. If they can't show us that, then maybe something needs to shake this team up. I fully believe that this team will make the playoff, and I think they can make a good run if they can find a way to gel consistently.