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Confidence In The Wings And Recent Marc Staal Comments

from Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic,

So what do those well-informed subscribers think about each team’s front office? Here’s how every team stacks up.

3. Detroit Red Wings
Last Year: 3rd

The Red Wings had an extremely busy offseason where it became clear that the next phase of the team’s build is upon us. It’s what makes this season a make-or-break season for the unconditional faith in the Yzerplan. At some point, a rebuild needs to take a step forward and it’s clear this is the year where Detroit takes that step. How strong that step is should be telling toward how much confidence should be placed in Detroit’s future. A big step means all the faith during the slow rebuild is rewarded. A small step though would be pretty discouraging considering the length of the rebuild process — though to Yzerman’s credit this is only his fourth season on the job.

His first draft on the job had the Red Wings selecting Moritz Seider, one of the game’s future stars on the back end, with fellow rookie stud Lucas Raymond being taken the following year. That’s a strong nucleus and explains the team’s high marks for drafting and developing. Yzerman deserves a lot of credit for that, but in order for this team to contend, they’ll need some more big hits.

Yzerman has done a strong job so far, but the hard part is what’s next.

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Marc Staal was recently effusive in his praise of the Florida Panthers, his new NHL home.

It would be easy for Red Wings fans to take offense to some of the words Staal spoke....

“I am excited for that heighten expectation, the expectation to win every night,” Staal continued. “Have the pressure of being the team that every other team wants to beat. That is a fun thing to be a part of and I have missed that the past number of years. Joining these guys was really a no-brainer.”

Some could view all this talk as being a slap in the face to the Red Wings organization. But if you’re thinking along those lines, stop, take a breath.

It’s just the business of the game. Loyalty is determined by the color of the jersey the player is pulling on over his head.


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Unless I missed something in Staal’s quote, I really do not see anything wrong with what he said.
He basically said Florida is a better team than Detroit and expectations to win are higher. Well, it’s true.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/19/22 at 11:44 AM ET

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