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Wings still in wild card spot despite the week off

February 8, 2024, 1:38 PM ET [12 Comments]
Jeremy Laura
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I covered highlights of the ESPN call yesterday. You can go back and check comments. It’s abundantly clear that the push to streaming is so far in motion that even a continual loss of revenue and rounds of layoffs aren’t swaying the motion. At this point, ESPN fully expects to be all DTC by next year. The NFL has 3 streaming only partners of their 5 broadcast deals, the NBA will be mostly streaming as Bally and ESPN close down the linear portion (Amazon taking over Bally stream at this point) and you can catch up on the rest. Not smooth sailing at all.

Toronto won but Tampa lost last night. Detroit is now one point behind Tampa in points with a game in hand, 4 points ahead of NYI who sits just outside of the playoffs. Toronto is 2 points ahead of Detroit holding onto 3rd in the division. The hope is that Detroit comes out swinging and can put together another good stretch to finish out the month.

The trade market prices are high. Teams asking for first round picks for just about anything Detroit would want if they were going to go “all in”. In reiteration, unless there’s a perfect deal at the right price, best just to hold and let the team determine their own fate. Detroit’s presence is actually starting to irritate some of the pundits who are “surprised” at their position. A story line that wasn’t getting a lot of attention certainly picked up as teams that know they aren’t cap compliant once they build next year’s roster look to go as far as possible.

There is one question that hadn’t really been stirred up until during the break. Is there a disconnect between Berggren and the front office? Plenty of fans are asking about him for other teams, none of you (in terms of Wings fans) have any appetite to see him go. Veleno seems solidified as does Rasmussen. Soderblom feels “iffy” but Berggren’s demotion is a head scratcher. We’ll find out by the draft if the player is looking for a change of scenery. Zadina was a bit of a surprise until it came down to a gap in perceived value between player and office. Then a trade was requested.

Let me know your thoughts, and if Berggren wants to move what are you looking for in return? Just a couple more days until the boys are back on ice….
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