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Remarks On The Wings

from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,

The Wings weren’t expected to be a playoff contender this season but it was hoped they’d show improvement. If these disheartening losses keep piling up, Yzerman could give Blashill the hook.

Yzerman can’t be happy with what he’s seeing right now. Making a significant move to turn things around will be difficult at this point in the season. Rival GMs are likely more interested in young core players like Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Anthony Mantha than those carrying expensive or expiring contracts.

If Athanasiou doesn’t pick up his play I can see Yzerman fielding trade offers later in the season. Playing for a deeper club could help the speedy forward regain his spark. I agree with McGuire it wouldn’t be surprising if Zadina was moved. It’s not a certainty but Yzerman could gauge his trade value.

Yzerman could get into the bidding for Krug if he hits the open market next summer. Krug, however, might not be keen to join a rebuilding club. He’ll draw plenty of interest around the league.

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Lyle, the stats don’t support your argument. Is AA’s production down, absolutely, but AA has 5 pts. in the last 6 games which is good or better than those aforementioned three players. Larkin himself has scored no points in 9 of the 17 games he’s played. No one one this team is scoring but using stats as trends which I don’t necessarily like to do AA seems to be somewhat exiting his slump.

Posted by stateofmifan on 11/08/19 at 10:09 AM ET

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I find it interesting that there are people who watch Yzerman stockpiling previous high picks in the hopes that they’ll flourish in Detroit, and their immediate thought is that he’s just going to give up on the team’s 2018 first round pick (who, by the way, has less trade value than Jesse Puljujarvi did the day he asked Edmonton for a trade), or the only forward not on the first line who is capable of (and already has) scoring 30 goals in a season.

He’s going to trade the ONLY proven offensive option he has on the bottom three lines. You know, because the team needs to score more goals.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/08/19 at 11:15 AM ET

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