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A Good UFA Period For The Wings

Matt Porter of the Boston Globe gives the winner tag to the Wings with their UFA signings....

Still a lottery team, but with several more legitimate NHL players on the roster (Thomas Greiss, Vlad Namestnikov, Bobby Ryan, Troy Stecher, Marc Staal, Jon Merrill), they may have added 20-30 points in the standings. Not that it gets them anywhere, but wins are building blocks.

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Mark Falkner of the Detroit News spoke with Sens coach D.J. Smith about Bobby Ryan…

“I wish Bobby all the best,” said Smith, who guided the rebuilding Senators to a 25-34-12 record in his rookie season last year, 23 points ahead of the last-place Red Wings (17-49-5, third-worst record in the franchise’s 94-year history).

“He played really well for us and he was a good guy in the room. It’s a fresh start for him in Detroit and I think he’ll have some success. If he gets a chance in the slot, he can score as well as anyone in the National Hockey League.”...

“The unfortunate part of being an older player that’s been around and is part of a rebuild is sometimes you’re going with a younger guy even though he may not be as good as that player,” Smith said. “I think that’s kind of what happened with him. He wasn’t necessarily scratched for better players. We just wanted to give an opportunity to a younger player in a top-six role and that unfortunately for him was his spot.

“He didn’t complain. He didn’t like it and I wouldn’t expect anyone to like it but you know what, he never affected the dressing room. He was always professional.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/17/20 at 12:21 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

The consistent thread running through all of Stevie Y’s signings/trades seems to be that he’s brought in hard-working, “character” guys. The fact that some (like Ryan) want to prove that they still have something to give makes them valuable not only during the upcoming season but (if they’re successful) at the trade deadline as well.

Yzerman took a year to get a “feel” for this team, tinkering with it along the way. Now he’s used the knowledge he’s gained to start molding it into a future winner. He’s the complete polar oppposite of Ken Holland, which the folks in Edmonton are just beginning to realize.

It’s one thing for your home team to be bad. It’s something much worse when you feel like they’re never going to get better. We all know the Wings are a (to be polite) not-good team right now, but I have every confidence that they’re getting better step by step. Because of that, I’m willing to be patient. “In Stevie Y,” I trust.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/17/20 at 06:23 PM ET

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I agree. The Wings still are not a playoff team and will probably be in the lottery again but they will be better and at least easier to watch. My regret is that the kids probably won’t see ice time here where I can watch them to gage any progress they have made.

At this point its more important to avoid covid and stay safe until a vaccine is available.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/17/20 at 07:54 PM ET


Im excited to see mantha with a full season.

Im excited to see who emerges with the number 2c spot.

Im interested to see how our defense is going to look and if it hekps our forwards.

Im interested to see if Zadina takes a atep, especially with another sniper like Bobby Ryan to help him along.

Posted by ThatGuy on 10/17/20 at 10:33 PM ET

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