What matters other than where the Wings are in the standings?
If they are winning, then the Coach/Org is doing something right, Correct?
And I believe the opposite of you, If the Wings are in last 1/3 of the way through the season that is when you make moves, you don't say "Oh crap, we are 28 games in and in last place, all is lost!" Unless of course you are an organization that doesn't have a 20+ year tradition of making the playoffs.
When you are three points behind the top team in your division, through some real crappy play and an overall lack of goals, you stay the course and try to make line up, not roster changes.
Why on Earth after 28 games you would completely give up and make no changes is beyond me.
The team is getting contributions from guys like Miller, Nyquist, Tatar, Helm and even Smith.
Lots of guys are starting to put together some really good stretches of Play, Alfie, Mule, Helm etc...
Sure the fourth line is not the most explosive line in hockey, but what fourth line is?
BTW, who is this person who could get more out of Cleary's 13 minutes a game?
Other than the obvious answer of "someone Who Scores more", is that a hyphenated last name? Haven't heard of him before!
I get that he is not the Wings best player, but the coach has a lot of respect for him, I will go with Babs opinion over yours, mainly because I know his coaching track record and not yours!
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