The site I used to post on is no more. But I have such a love for hockey that I wanted to keep writing. I will try to post once a week if I can, but time is a lot tighter than it used to be. So here it goes…
After what was a nightmare season for the Detroit Red Wings, it’s finally over. The Red Wings lost 412 man games due to injury. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins lost more. Amazing with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg missing over a season’s worth of games combined, that anyone could have lost more than the Wings. The Pens did have Crosby the entire season and Malkin for most of it, so they weren’t missing their two best players. It was rough to say the least for the players and the fans too.
There were some positives that game from all the injuries. Kids. No, the players and their wives were off making babies cause they weren’t playing. The Wings young players got a chance to show what they could do. They weren’t brought up to play on the 4th line, they were brought up to fill major holes. Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist finally were given a real shot but it wasn’t just them. Tomas Jurco, Rilely Sheahan and Luke Glendening were also given big roles. The kid line of Sheahan, Jurco and Tatar gave the Wings a spark when they needed it most. They helped get the Wings back into the playoffs for the 23rd straight year.
With all the kids coming up, it’s a huge benefit going forward. The Wings won’t need to pay bigger money for ageing veterans to play the roles that the kids can now play. The Wings have a lot of cap space going forward and can use that on bigger acquisitions that they will need, if they want to compete with the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division. The Wings only have a few more years of Datsyuk and Zetterberg being some of the best two-way players in the game, so they need to make the decision to go for it big the next few years, or let the kids take their time to develop into champions. My guess is, they will go all in as much as they can, without sacrificing too much of the future.
I will have my offseason preview coming up in a few weeks when we get closer to the draft, or if any major news breaks for the Wings in that time. Go Wings!