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by George Malik on 06/01/13 at 04:18 PM ET
Yesterday we received some strong indications of where the Red Wings' players, coach, possible soon-to-be alumni and the Wings' beat writers believe the team is headed, and this afternoon, MLive's Ansar Khan provides words of cautious optimism from the team's captain...
“It's a fine line here,'' [Henrik] Zetterberg said. “But, it feels better to stand here and look to the future than it did last year. You're a lot more positive. We know we have a good group of guys. We'll make some additions and keep building on what we have. We know we're going to do good things."
“We did a great job and I think we improved our roster drastically, and I think we're in a much better spot than we were,'' coach Mike Babcock said. “And yet, we haven't been a final four team since '09, so we're a work in progress. What they got to understand is the journey was only half-way there. You got to win two more rounds.''
And, after a significant amount of roster-handicapping analysis from Khan, the general manager:
“We’re not getting 50 percent better, we’re not bringing in a superstar player, so we have to figure out a way to get a little bit better and a little bit different,'' Holland said. “We’re trying to rebuild on the fly. There are no quick fixes. The plan is we’re going to draft, we’re going to develop and we’re going to try to sign some guys. We’re in the game. I don’t know how you get ahead of the game unless you want to go into a five-year rebuild. I don’t want to miss the playoff five straight years to get that core of players together.''
“Teams are changing coaches, they’re changing managers, they’re going through the pains,'' Holland said. “We are trying as hard as we can to avoid the real pain of not being a playoff team.''
This is not the star-studded, elite team it was in the past. But, it is moving in the right direction.
“You can find the negatives in our program, but I think there are a lot more positives,'' Holland said.
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