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Being An Original Six Team Has Its Privileges

07/12/2022 at 10:06am EDT

from Sean Shapiro of The Athletic,

During the first round of the NHL draft on the concourse of Bell Centre, an NHL agent remarked on the state of the Chicago Blackhawks.

“They are blowing it up, blasting it all, whatever you wanna say,” the agent said. “And you know what, they are going to be blasted for it by you guys (media), sure, but maybe it’s the best thing because they are allowed to do that.”

Later that same evening, in the lower bowels of the arena over a cup of coffee, an NHL general manager offered similar thoughts.

“They can do that in Chicago and survive,” the GM said. “That’s the privilege of being the GM in Chicago.”

Or, the privilege of being the GM in Detroit or even Montreal. Or any of the other Original Six general managers for that matter.

When Derek Lalonde was introduced as the Red Wings’ new coach he and general manager Steve Yzerman practically tempered any playoff hopes to an icy chill. Winning in Detroit isn’t part of the plan this year. The “Yzerplan” has long-term visions, and frankly, the Yzerplan is just slow-roll tanking with a catchier name.

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