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Could The Wings Be The Avalanche Of Last Season?

from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,

So today, let’s ask the question: Could any of the current middle-of-the-pack teams be this year’s Avalanche?...

Why they should be OK: Between Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek, the Wings have two goalies who’ve had NHL success. Granted, both have been inconsistent lately, but only one needs to play well to prevent the season from going completely off the rails. And while the core is old, there’s enough young talent on the roster and on the way that things could get at least marginally better.

Besides, Holland has been at this for a while and should get some benefit of the doubt. If he really thinks they don’t need to rebuild, maybe he’s right and the rest of us are wrong.

But all bets are off if…: Holland changes his mind (or was bluffing all along) and decides to tear it down. That would be more of a controlled demolition than an Avalanche-style collapse, but the end result would look the same.

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Matt Duchene recently said he was burnt out by January along with some teammates.

Let’s hope the Wings don’t follow Duchense.

Watch him here.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/09/17 at 11:16 AM ET

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I do not think we have the pieces to trade for Duchesne anyway.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/09/17 at 11:27 AM ET

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“Middle of the pack” is pretty generous for the 25th place team.

Besides, Holland has been at this for a while and should get some benefit of the doubt.

Why should he get the benefit of the doubt? He’s never built a team, much less rebuilt one and he’s been trying to do his BS “reload instead of rebuild” for give years, which has resulted in nothing but a slide down the ranking, finally resulting in the end of a quarter century of consecutive playoff appearances.

He’s been given the benefit of the doubt for five years and hasn’t succeeded, why should he still get it now?

I do not think we have the pieces to trade for Duchesne anyway.

The Wings don’t have the pieces to trade for Steve Duschene, never mind Matt Duchene.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/09/17 at 11:51 AM ET

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If Kenny tears it down (ie dumps overpaid vets for picks/prospects, and thus has no choice but to add AHL guys to the roster)...then I think our team actually gets better.

Things like Kronwall out, Russo in. Ericsson out, Sproul in. Abby out, Frk in. Helm out, Svech in. Glendening out, Tangradi in. Like these things have a probably chance of making us better. The current roster is headed towards bottom 5. So status quo is the best bet to land a top pick.

Posted by fatsavage on 08/09/17 at 12:21 PM ET

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I don’t think there’s going to be much change, if anything they might be a touch better.  And by better I mean around 20th overall in the league.  Outside of Z, no one overachieved last season. Most guys were off their previous year’s performances by quite a bit.  If we get the extra 2% from those guys it probably equals a few more wins. 

I don’t like KH’s approach to “retooling” but that’s what we’re stuck with.  I’m afraid we’re going to be firmly in that “bad but not bad enough” area of the standings for the next few years.

Posted by Steve1306 on 08/09/17 at 01:30 PM ET

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The Wings could be better, Larkin in his 3rd season, Neilson in his 2nd with the club, seeing what Mantha & AA bring hopefully both improve,  Bertuzzi on the 4th line, better performance from DDK, Ablekater healthy, consistent goaltending, maybe if Helm plays more than 70 games, Blashill being in the make it or break it 3rd year, no longer carrying the weight of the streak, etc.

Just as easily they could be a lot worse Zetterberg decline, sophmore slumps, more kronwall decline, Tatar regresses after a contract season, Nyquist being Nyquist more often, Howard returning to his norm, Mrazek flaking out, etc. etc.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 08/09/17 at 01:43 PM ET

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I don’t think last place is out of the question.  We are a bad puck possession team and the trend has been against us.  Our management is actively committed to inaction and shows a tendency to reward loyalty, rather than performance, with big contracts and big contracts with icetime, regardless of present performance.

Bad trends + poor judgment = very risky season.

Posted by captaineclectic on 08/09/17 at 07:06 PM ET

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The Red Wings may improve just enough to just miss the playoffs by a slim margin this season. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 08/09/17 at 08:42 PM ET

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