So I guess I can't be excited for the off-season?!?! We'll have a lot of cap space and hopefully sign some talent. I'm not a fair weather fan either. I've been watching this team since 1995 when I first figured out what hockey was. It is my favorite sport to watch, no matter who is playing. I watch NHL games every night and it's fair to say, this year's Detroit Red Wings team is in trouble for the playoffs. When is the last time you've seen the powerplay ranked so low? When is the last time you've seen our penalty kill ranked so low? NEVER! The last two times Detroit has won the cup, they also won the President's Trophy. How close did we come this year to winning the President's Trophy?!?! Every game we win is by a single goal, except for the rare games against Columbus. This is not your typical Red Wings team. Management has been a little soft lately and won't man up and cut players that don't deserve to be wearing the Winged Wheel. We have become a harbor for players to s*** players to live out their dwindling NHL career. That is why I am excited for the off-season, so we can hopefully cut ties with some of our baggage and sign some talent.
Cleary needs to GO! We got all that we could out of him for a few years but his time has come and gone. He's not nearly as physical as he used to be. Lastly, if he had the puck with his back to a gaping wide open net, he would slowly make a 180 degree turn, put the puck to his forhand, make sure it was settled, look up at the net, look back down at the puck, and then finally shoot. By then the goalie would have recovered and the opponents d would be all over him. It's as though he's lost all confidence in any ability he has. Rather than trying to make plays, he is just trying not to mess up!
The Wings are in trouble boys. We all know they'll turn it up a bit in the playoffs...but so will everybody else!
I'm sorry, but this is the worst red wings team I have seen in many years. I've been saying it all year. Most of their wins are only by one goal and with the powerplay the way it is right now, they're not going anywhere in the playoffs.