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Still Rebuilding

07/03/2022 at 6:59am EDT

from Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press,

Before we get to Derek Lalonde, I have an urgent matter I need to discuss and it happens to be about the Detroit Red Wings’ urgency, or lack thereof.

So let me take you back to April 19, 2019 — the day Steve Yzerman was introduced as Wings general manager.

Here’s what Yzerman said that day: “This takes time, and this organization has been through it before. I can't give you a specific timeline, but we are going to do this in the way that I believe will get us to where we need to be.”

And now, three years later, where exactly are the Wings? Still rebuilding, that’s where.

At every turn since that first news conference, Yzerman has balked at offering a timeline for a return to the playoffs. They’ve missed six straight postseasons.

So now they have a new coach, Lalonde, who is promising us … wait for it. Yep ... no timeline for the playoffs or marked improvement, and more talk about the hottest thing in sports rebuilds: The process.

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