from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,
Suffering along the way generally is unavoidable, unless a team gets lucky with a generational superstar draft pick. But if you’re going to be bad, there has to be a method to the badness.
Yzerman’s method is to be rational and realistic, and then aggressive when warranted. For instance, Larkin can’t slide through next season like this, with 17 goals after scoring 32 the previous year. Yzerman said he expects to finally name a captain, and it appears Larkin remains the favorite, but there’s a reason it has to be earned.
Jeff Blashill apparently will be back for his sixth season, an incredibly long run in a league that hastily lops off coaches. But again, progress will be demanded soon enough....
“We were hoping to get the highest picks we could, and in general, I think we accomplished what we wanted,” Yzerman said. “Did we get everything we wanted? Not necessarily. We would’ve liked to acquire another first, but we weren’t able to do that.”
Small victories must become bigger ones, eventually. For now, the Wings will take what they can get, until it’s time to shop for what they need.