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10 Keys Heading Into Camp

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

1. Pressure on GM Ken Holland and coach Jeff Blashill.

The pressure is always on the general manager and head coach, in every sport, every season.

But a season after missing the playoffs for the first time after 25 consecutive trips, coupled with minimal tweaks to the roster, many analysts believe the Red Wings will be worse than last season, when they had 79 points.

Moving into the sparkling new Little Caesars Arena will keep fans interested for a while. But it’s fair to wonder about the future of the management and coaching staffs if there’s significant regression in the standings.

2. Mood around training camp.

The Red Wings have always entered the season with lofty expectations: Make the playoffs, then set their sights on a long run toward the Stanley Cup.

No one expects this team to come close to any of that. Las Vegas oddsmakers have the Red Wings as 100-1 longshots of winning the Cup.

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——1. Pressure on GM Ken Holland and coach Jeff Blashill.
——From who?

Posted by VPalmer on 09/12/17 at 06:27 PM ET

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Winter is coming.

Posted by MikeMac on 09/12/17 at 06:51 PM ET

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Is this roster motivated to prove people wrong?

No, they’ve already (mostly) been paid.

Will the Wings have a home-ice advantage at Little Caesars Arena?

What does this matter with a bad team?

Will Tyler Bertuzzi make the team?

What more does he have to do?

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/12/17 at 07:16 PM ET

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This team’s front office really is the epitome of p!ssing down your neck and telling you ir’s raining.  “Internal improvement”? 

Remember how we couldn’t start the rebuild earlier because it would risk opening the new arena with a bottom-feeder?  Well…

Posted by captaineclectic on 09/13/17 at 05:24 AM ET

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What more does he have to do?

Seriously. The Wings love nothing more than overstuffing their bottom six, so Bertuzzi should by all rights have a job secured on the team already, if not a seven-year extension.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/13/17 at 07:30 AM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/13/17 at 08:30 AM ET

Your sarcasm is always welcome with me, CDMD. smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/13/17 at 07:44 AM ET

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Posted by ilovehomers on 09/13/17 at 08:44 AM ET

It’s nice to be appreciated. Genius so often isn’t.  cool smile

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/13/17 at 09:54 AM ET

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