In the interest of full disclosure, I am an unabashed fan of Steve Yzerman (pictured above).  He and longtime broadcaster Bruce Martyn are the two reasons I am a Detroit Red Wings fan to this very day.

So if want to criticize me for my subjectivity, go ahead and do it.  But as far as what the Red Wings are doing this off-season, Stevie Y knows what he is doing!!!

The Red Wings executive is doing what the Detroit Tigers should be doing with their roster.  Which is supplementing the roster with proven professional players, while the prospects in the farm system continue to develop.

The team has let former Michigan Stater Justin Abdelkader go (and are willing to buy him out for the next six seasons).  And they won't bring back veterans Jimmy Howard, Trevor Daley, and Jonathan Ericsson (none of them are in their long-term plans).

But he has replaced them with forwards Slava Namestnikov and Bobby Ryan (on short-term deals), defensemen Marc Staal (via trade with the NY Rangers) and Jon Merrill, and goalie Thomas Greiss.

These deals (no more than two-year deals) make the Wings better IMMEDIATELY!!!!!  This is what the Tigers should have been doing for the last two years (as Mad Dog has correctly said many times)!!!

Now, the Tigers did that to a degree with the CJ Cron, Austin Romine, and Joanathan Schoop signings.  But more of that is needed at Comerica Park next season.

And you know the best part of the Wings signings???  The Wings are still $18 million under the salary cap (according to!!!  That's called getting it done, while not mortgaging your long-term future.

Steve Yzerman told everybody when he took over that this was a long-term rebuild.  And this team is a long away from being a Stanley Cup contender.  But I love the moves he's made this year.  And I'm telling you, this guy knows what he is doing.  I have faith in #19, and you should too.  I BELIEVE IN STEVE!!!!

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