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Steve Yzerman's Job Performance After 8 1/2 Months

01/03/2020 at 9:41am EST

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

So while it’s not any major catastrophe, the quickness with which the acquisition (Comrie trade) turned upside down makes it the most questionable of the new general manager’s trades in hindsight.

On the whole, where does that leave Yzerman? Not too much closer to contention than the day he took over, but with a net positive in roster construction nonetheless. You can only get so much credit for getting a good player at No. 6 overall, but thus far it does look like Seider can be a building block for Detroit’s future. The Filppula and Nemeth signings haven’t made the current team a winner, or even close to one, but they’ve also leaned more toward the solution side of things than the problem side. And while most of Yzerman’s trades haven’t moved the long-term needle much, the Fabbri addition has certainly registered a positive impact both now and for the future. A 23-year-old producing at a 30-goal pace is hard to ignore.

Even then, the reality from Yzerman’s first day hasn’t changed much. It’s still going to be a long haul to get the Red Wings back to contention, and after the way the on-ice product has looked this season, it may even be further away than it seemed in April. At some point, some big splashes may be necessary.

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