When the Detroit Red Wings failed to qualify for the NHL postseason for the first time in 25 seasons, fans and analysts took it as a queue for the team to transition into a rebuild and re-stock with youth and draft picks. Well… apparently the team’s coaching staff and management team never got the memo, as they seem intent on pushing for a playoff spot in 2017-18.
How confident is Blashill in his ability to get the Wings back into the postseason? “100 percent, absolutely,” said the 43 year-old Detroit native when discussing the team’s offseason with Detroit News reporter Gregg Krupa. “I do think (general manager) Ken (Holland) did a good job of making our team better with what we did in the offseason here,” said Blashill. “They’re not big splashes. I don’t think big splashes necessarily always make the difference. I think there is a great chance to make our team a little bit better.”
A little bit better? The Wings finished 16 points out of a playoff spot in 2016-17, so they’ll need to be much better if they expect to earn a berth in the 2017-18 postseason. What do you think? Are the Wings headed back into the playoffs with the offseason addition of veteran defenseman Trevor Daley and a renewed commitment to winger Tomas Tatar? From the outside looking in, it certainly looks like there's much more work to be done before the Wings get back into a contender's spot.