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No Timeline On The Rebuild

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

This summer included a glimmer of hope. The Red Wings welcomed Steve Yzerman as general manager. Not only is Yzerman a Hall of Fame player for the Wings, but he comes off an eight-year stint with the Lightning in which -- through bold moves, shrewd drafting and strong development -- he built Tampa Bay into a powerhouse.

"He's a legend here, an icon," said Kronwall, who retired in the offseason, then joined the front office staff. "Then, he comes back. His track record speaks for itself, of what he did down in Tampa. So just getting him back into the organization is great. Let alone being the general manager and guiding this franchise back to where it's supposed to be, and where it should be."

... Yzerman's arrival also brought cautious optimism that the rebuild will now accelerate.

Yzerman has promised to restore a winning culture but has been overly cautious in assigning a timeline. "I don't know if it will take one, two or five years," Yzerman said. In fact, he evades sharing as many details as possible.

He won't give any clues on what he'd like his team's identity to be -- "To answer your question, yeah, I do know what I'm looking for. Do I want to elaborate on it? Not particularly. Can I? Not particularly," he said -- nor any particulars on how he would categorize the 2019-20 season as a success, besides "everyone in the organization, at all levels, getting better."


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Funny folks don’t realize how premium the situation was in Tampa that Yzerman walked into tinkered into a “powerhouse”, he picked up a #1 and #2 overall picks, both elite studs, he had cap relieved CBA buyouts early in his tenor to work with, he didn’t succeed overnight and it gave him better picks/prospects in that regard, he had a minimal fan base with little expectations, and the team is parked in a state without taxes, a significant salary advantage compared to teams like Toronto and New York, significant.  No doubt he built the team around Stammer and Hedman, but he also doesn’t have a ring as a GM, despite it. 

Same is true when Stan Bowman was given the praise and accolades, and in his case, the cap was new, and teams were willing to take salaries as they needed to to make floor. 

Detroit is in a much much much different spot than was Tampa.  Larkin is a really good NHL Player, but he’s not Stamkos, and we have nothing resembling a Hedman’s jock strap on our back-end.  Mantha could be an elite and dominant power forward goal scorer, but he’s not there yet, and he’s also about to be done with his RFA status, and we’ll need to pay him without seeing what he, and Bertuzzi, and AA do in a real playoff hockey game or two, that’s a dicey proposition. Lastly this fanbase, well enough said. 

I think Stevie is up to the task, but its a much more difficult task than Tampa with a fanbase that has a much shorter tolerance. 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/18/19 at 09:41 AM ET


It’s a little early to be thinking about an end date since the rebuild hasn’t even started in earnest yet.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/18/19 at 10:35 AM ET


While we need pieces, we are not playing a winning style of hockey. First thing you notice, puck drops at center ice we lose 52% of those, opposing team usually skates puck in for shot, dump in, or pass(standard play). If we don’t cleanly recover rebound Detroit is challenged panics and make bad clearing passes that rarely exit zone. We allow the opposition to continue play rarely challenging them, we approach point players like we’re shorthanded. If we get puck control were challenged the next 200’. Conversely we do a poor forechecking job lose control and concede the first 100’ of ice. Almost EVERY GAME This is why we have no offense we don’t play an offensive game

Posted by stateofmifan on 10/18/19 at 01:02 PM ET

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Posted by stateofmifan on 10/18/19 at 01:02 PM ET

Better said when we line up, the other team has better players.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/18/19 at 01:17 PM ET

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