I'm of the opinion that a full rebuild is entirely unnecessary and isn't going to happen, There are transitions happening, a lot of younger players are coming up, a lot of our older players are going to start phasing out, there isn't a reason, nor will they ever just start throwing games to lose for the sake of getting a better pick, to go full Buffalo or Edmonton and have 4-5 seasons of pointless misery when there are only minor issues to address.
Would I rather deal with the fact for a season or two that we aren't the top end elite team of seasons past and face a potential early elimination from playoffs over having a terrible string of seasons and getting a higher draft pick that may or may not turn out to be of value to us in 4 years? Yes, absolutely.
Again my opinion, and my viewpoint as a fan that has no control over how the team is run anyway.
Most of the comments here are embarassing. I wish a lot of people would either play hockey at a somewhat high/competitive level, or shut up a bit.
What has everyone here been crying for forever?
"Let the kids play"
"Get rid of Franzen"
Guess what? All of those are happening and still no one is happy. Hockey has ups and downs, you are not going to win every game and sometimes you're going to get smoked. It's a curve, especially with teams like Detroit who have players who are still learning what it takes. You don't figure out the NHL in a couple games, in a stretch of games or sometimes even in a season. It takes time. They're learning.
You think Pittsburgh is in a different class than Detroit(someone said this)? They have more talent, arguably, but they don't have leadership, heart, compete level and usually no work ethic. Have you watched all the games PIT has collapsed in? Have you taken a look at their record against their division?
I get that this is an internet forum and the point is to discuss hockey and the game at hand, but it doesn't HAVE to be a hyperbole tabloid styled bitchfest. It could be real discussion with thought, not ripping your favorite team to shreds because they didn't "punch Cindy in the face!"
The ability to think outside the box and think for oneself whilst following the established rules and regulations and working as a member of a team is almost unheard of in the working world.
Half the people out there aren't smart enough to do it and freeze up when anything goes wrong; the other half think they are smart enough and go whole-hog in their own direction for the sake of being different without considering the consequences of their actions.
I sort of feel bad for some of you that the Wings came back and won that game... I mean, I'm sure there are a few that had paragraphs ready to post about how "terrible" we are, but to their disappointment, we managed to outplay a "better" Bruins team in every facet of the game. We pulled out a huge win to kick off the season, and people are still spewing the same old s*** about the same old players... Get over it!
The top two defense pairings looked great, Quincey played solid, Kindl didn't make any catastrophic mistakes, Zetterberg still doesn't look himself, but still played great, Franzen played great, Abdelkader scored a goal on the top line (off his ass, how he scores a lot of his goal...), Helm didn't look too out of place on the power-play (great assist on Nyquist' goal), the kids looked great, the 4th line was very solid, the penalty kill was perfect, although the power-play struggled at the start, they still produced, Howard looked great after that first gaff by Ericsson...
We played with great structure and skated as a unit, covering positions, fore-checking and back-checking, all in all, it was a great game and we looked much faster and hungrier through the entire game. Yes, I'm well aware that it was only one game, but it was a game that we won, so quit the bitching...