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The Current State Of The Rebuild

from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,

They were supposed to be a bit better this season, these young(ish) — and rebuilding — Detroit Red Wings. And, for the most part, they have been.

Even if their record doesn’t show it, even if they put forth a stink bomb as they did Friday night at Little Caesars Arena against the Florida Panthers, falling behind by three goals in the time it took to park the Zamboni after its pre-game cleansing of the ice.

It hasn’t been much fun to watch. Partly because the Wings’ best hope to compete is to muck up the rink and create a lucky bounce or two. Partly because several of the players who are supposed to reignite the franchise aren’t yet in town.

Hockey is like that most of the time. A team nabs a promising prospect near the top of the draft and the prospect doesn’t get to the big lights for a season or two. 

It’s not like Wings fans can drive an hour to Toledo and see, say, defenseman Moritz Seider, the team’s first-round pick two years ago, like Tigers’ fans can drive there to see that club’s youngsters.


Below, watch the extended game highlghts from yesterday's 2-1 win over Florida.

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Paul's avatar

Mathias Brome, Alex Biega and Danny DeKeyser back to the taxi squad this morning.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/21/21 at 09:37 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

Frans Nielson on waivers.


Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 02/21/21 at 12:20 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Thanks TM, it’s a lazy Sunday for me.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/21/21 at 12:21 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Enjoy yourself!

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 02/21/21 at 01:27 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Frans Nielson on waivers.

Not saying this was Long Overdue or anything Stevie, but Frans and I are tied for Goals scored this season and he’s played 18 more games…... Now please put the A on Bert’s jersey (whenever he comes back)..

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/21/21 at 03:28 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

I guess Stevie read my post from the live blog about Dumping his Ass! Lol.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 02/21/21 at 03:31 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Ansar does a nice job of clarifying the waiver of Neilsen:


Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 02/21/21 at 03:52 PM ET

d ca's avatar

I don’t really know that expectations for the Wings don’t match what is going on. I think it is the local beat writers and a few on here that expected too much.

For example, the Athletic in their deep dive expected a 21-27-8 for a .385 point percentage and 29th-30th place for the Wings (they tied with Ottawa for bottom five percentage). The final sentence said all you need to know about this season:

At least this time the losses shouldn’t be as embarrassing.

No one knows what the state of the rebuild will be until Detroit spends their cap space this and next summers, decides on Blash’s future, or allows the prospects to get regular playing time in the NHL.


Posted by d ca on 02/21/21 at 09:23 PM ET

d ca's avatar

*make that 30-31th place

Posted by d ca on 02/21/21 at 09:25 PM ET


the wings would have to go 16-13-5 to get to the Athletics prediction.  Not sure that will happen.  With just intra-division play in a strong division I suspect we won’t come close.

Posted by akwingsfan on 02/21/21 at 09:52 PM ET


It’s not the win percentage its the actual play that isn’t where we thought it’d get to. Tight games, better systemic play, work ethic.  Those have all been called in question way too often this season.

Posted by ThatGuy on 02/21/21 at 10:46 PM ET


Lucas Raymond out 6 weeks now due to elbow injury. (fracture)

Why can’t we have anything nice?

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 02/22/21 at 11:16 AM ET


Ouch, make it 8 weeks on Raymond.

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 02/22/21 at 02:07 PM ET

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