Red Wings’ Reverse Retro Jersey is Disappointing
The Detroit Red Wings have not played a regular-season game since March. The fan base did not have much to look forward to with each game during the 2019-2020 season. With only 17 wins, the team was in a position to draft first overall in the 2020 NHL entry draft. The next thing fans will have to look forward to is seeing “reverse retro” jerseys for all of the NHL teams.
As with all things 2020, the coronavirus had different plans for the NHL season. These plans are unlikely to change in the near future as the NHL looks to start its 2020-2021 season. Fans will most likely not be allowed to attend games in person.
To combat this loss of revenue, the league has begun to unveil reverse retro jerseys for all 31 teams in the league. This is something that should be looked at as being fun for the fanbases of teams like the Red Wings, who are not expected to compete for a playoff spot anytime soon. Opinions on each of the team’s reverse retro jersey are what social media platforms were built for.
Below is a tweet that shows what the Red Wings reverse retro jersey will look like. A new design can be seen as sacrilegious, given how much the franchise has leaned on tradition. The red and white winged-wheel has been a mainstay ever since the franchise changed team names in 1929. General manager Jack Adams and millionaire James Norris, Sr. would change the name to the Detroit Red Wings from the Detroit Cougars.
Raymond Among Red Wings Shining in Europe
The Red Wings selected Lucas Raymond fourth overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old has begun to show why the Red Wings were so excited to draft him as he has played well so far for Frölunda of the Swedish Hockey League. Raymond has points in four straight games. He is far from the only Red Wings prospect to shine recently in games in Europe.
Moritz Seider was drafted by the team sixth overall in the 2019 NHL entry draft. This was a surprising pick, to say the least, as pre-draft conjecture had the German not being drafted until ten spots later. Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Red Wings, was the architect of the shocking moment. ‘He told me, just be calm and enjoy the moment,’ Seider said, ‘because my hands were still shaking I was so sweaty.’
Seider is expected to play in Sweden for the rest of the 2019-2020 season for Rögle of the Swedish Hockey League and begin to make his way to Detroit by moving up to the Red Wings roster starting in the 2021-2022 season. He had a five-game point streak of his own come to an end on November 12th. Seider has played well since he was drafted by the Red Wings.
The Red Wings will be more entertaining on the ice in the 2020-2021 season if nothing else. While none of the players mentioned will be regularly in the lineup, they are playing well in Europe and this is good experience.
The roster has also been rebuilt by Yzerman who has weaponized the salary cap space that the team has. This is not something that the franchise has been able to do in recent years, given how former general manager Ken Holland managed the cap. Gary Bettman said recently that he hopes the league’s next season can begin at the beginning of January 2021. Whether or not this happens, given the rising number of coronavirus cases in the United States and Canada, remains to be seen.
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