Fans Begin to Turn on Steve Yzerman After Recent Statement

Published September 8, 2023 at 9:52 PM

Steve Yzerman has spoken on the Red Wings' intentions for next season and fans are becoming more and more alarmed.

Yzerman's Press Conference

Recently, Steve Yzerman spoke with the press regarding the Red Wings' immediate future and their plans for the 2023-24 season.

During an event in Grand Rapids, Yzerman said the following which has left fans worried.

"We would love to make the playoffs (this season), But is it playoffs-or-bust? Internally, no."

"Our goal isn't just to make the playoffs. Our goal is to build a championship team, a team that can compete for a championship."

While it is definitely not playoffs or bust, it seems like Yzerman is saying his plan will take a bit longer than anticipated and the Red Wings are potentially not even a playoff team.

The Deeper Meaning and Confliction


When Yzerman says it is not playoffs or bust, he means that the Red Wings will still prioritize the development of young players and will not sell off any young pieces for aging talent.

However, the Red Wings have made some recent puzzling moves that prevent them from developing their young pieces at tip-top capacity.

The best example of this can be seen in their left-handed defenseman. They currently have Ben Chiarot, Shayne Gostisbehere, Jake Walman, and Olli Maata all making over $3 million next season and all are left-handed.

This prevents 2021 6th overall pick Simon Edvinsson from getting any substantial playing time at the NHL level despite how much he impressed at the AHL level last season.

At this stage, either Yzerman is playing 4D chess and outsmarting everybody or he is making moves out of desperation.

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