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The Rebuilds In Detroit

03/03/2020 at 2:30pm EST

from Jamie Samuelsen at the Detroit Free Press,

How would you order your confidence in the regime/rebuild plan of the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons?...

Any assessment of where these four teams stand is based largely on what we’ve read and not what we’ve seen. But it’s also based on what the men in charge of these teams have done to this point (and for that matter – the owners). That gives us a very unscientific one through four for Detroit sports in early 2020.

1. Red Wings

This is based on one name and one name only – Steve Yzerman. If Ken Holland were still the GM, the Wings would be tied with the other three teams for last place. But Yzerman brings the credentials that he built up in Tampa Bay and the confidence from who he is and what he means to this community. His plan is clear. He wants to take time and accrue as many picks and prospects as possible. He has never put a timetable on how long this rebuild might take. He also hasn’t made it clear exactly what he thinks of some of the pieces that were already here when he took over last spring.


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