from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
Zetterberg remains around the team, attending practices and home games.
“It’s been a tough start,” he said.
“But, you can see it coming. You can see how hard they are working.
“It’s how you are a Red Wing. You work. That is the one thing we’ve always been proud of here is work ethic.
“And, we did the right things on the ice,” Zetterberg said. “Pavel Datsyuk and a lot of other players could have had a lot more points than they had. But we played as a team.”
It argues for playing well enough to win. It argues for having enough veterans around to make a difference.
The Red Wings have positioned themselves to move some players back and forth between Grand Rapids and Detroit, this year. More injuries will create more churning.
What the Wings must manage is the playing well enough to properly develop talent, while freeing enough ice time for prospects to properly rebuild.
Next season, about $23 million of cap space becomes available. A good season of development this year can compound the impact of roster moves that space may secure.