The Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa expresses some dissatisfaction with the Red Wings’ slow-but-steady approach to “rebuilding on the fly,” suggesting that the Wings should have been more cutthroat regarding players with bigger contracts:
What does it all mean for the Red Wings, trade deadline 2018?
It means they are rebuilding and not going fast enough, with enough results.
Signs of some acceleration and greater effect are perceptible. But the reconstruction still lags.
They became sellers in 2018, just as they were in 2017, and did a nice job of collecting cherished and critical draft picks, the resources integral to rebuilding given the state of the personnel rules.
This year, by trading Petr Mrazek and Tomas Tatar, they also have finally begun moving out some salary.
That is a good, but overdue, development.
Meanwhile, Mrazek and Tatar were producers, and far from the top choices for the rummage sale the Wings are best advised to endure. But some fans are learning what management already knew: Beggars cannot be choosey.
Krupa continues, and it’s not easy to raise one’s voice in dissent, but I also don’t really know what the Wings are supposed to do with the players on bloated contracts other than endure them for a couple of years…along with the rest of us.