The last few years have been down for the Detroit Red Wings but a few recent events give fans a reason to be hopeful for the future.  Here are 3 reasons fans can be hopeful for the years ahead.

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The Captain might be coming back.   It is the hope of many fans as it was announced that Steve Yzerman stepped down as the GM of The Tampa Bay Lightning.    According to M-Live,  Yzerman is still under contract for one year and will remain as a team adviser for the Lightning.

It will also depend on what happens with current GM Ken Holland who is signed for a few more years.   Let the speculation begin but even with the Captain out there it gives fans hope that he can come back and get the team to the Cup.  We will just have to wait another year to see if he wants to come back.

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The Red Wings prospects are coming off a great prospects tournament in Traverse City.   They recently played in the championship game unfortunately losing to Columbus 7-3.

The young Wings eventually ran out of gas as they were playing their 4th game in 5 days.   Recent top picks Filip Zadina, Michael Rasmussen, Dennis Cholowski, Givani Smith  and Joe Veleno all looked great in the games they were in.

There is talk that a couple of the guys will have a chance to make the NHL.   It should  add some excitement to the upcoming preseason and season if any of them do make the jump.  Grand Rapids should get a good look at Givani Smith who should be apart of the Griffins this year.

A long way to go but some young players with a lot of upside.

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The Red Wings had another down season last year but one of the highlights of the past year and what should continue to be a plus is Little Caesars Arena.

The arena was built for hockey and will be a great fit for a team on the rise.   Many wondered what the team was going to do with the Hockeytown logo and they recent unveiled a refreshed one.

The team also announced initiatives for the upcoming season that include open houses, where fans can skate with players. Value packs for games, discounted concessions and merchandise pricing at home games.  There will also be a limited amount of $20 seats available for games.

Players love the new arena and with their excitement and excitement from the fans another reason for fans to have hope for the future of Red Wings hockey.

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