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The Forecast Is Not Bright

Former Wings beat writer Keith Gave via Twitter,

It worked in 98 and 08 because of the players. Check this team's roster: Below average to average, at best. With Z on his last legs, they have no difference-makers. Not one. Rebuild under way will take years. Stanley Cup champs again? Maybe '28.

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Ajax19's avatar

Wow. Hot take, Keith.

Posted by Ajax19 on 03/10/18 at 11:27 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Remember when the Freep had an actual hockey reporter on the wings beat?  sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/10/18 at 01:03 PM ET


I’m not a fan of Gave. IMO, he’s basically a troll.

Posted by teldar on 03/10/18 at 02:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

It worked because of the players?

Posted by RWBill on 03/10/18 at 03:07 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

I’m not a fan of Gave. IMO, he’s basically a troll.

Posted by teldar on 03/10/18 at 01:10 PM ET

Yes indeed.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 03/10/18 at 05:26 PM ET

WingDingy's avatar

Ebb and flow has defined NHL hockey since the ‘50’s, long before free agency and long before the entry draft.  The Wings have had as good a run as anyone, but, for now, it’s over.  Given the talent pool and a half a dozen horrible, restrictive and inexplicable contracts, it’s probably realistic to think that the next half dozen years are going to be pretty lean.  Fact is, in order to get better in this league, you have to get worse.  As Michigan’s own Bob Seger said, ” That’s just the way it is.”  I’ve been Wing fan since the late ‘50’s, so I’m not going anywhere. I would imagine that’s the case with anyone who cares enough about this team to handle the nuclear winter that’s will shortly be upon us.

Posted by WingDingy on 03/10/18 at 07:22 PM ET

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