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Red Wings coach Blashill lauds newcomer Bobby Ryan: ‘He’s in a great spot’

“First in our franchise history at anything is pretty awesome,” said Blashill. “So it’s a great start for him. What’s impressed me most is who he is as a person ... when I talked to him this summer -- I talked to Steve Yzerman after I had spoken to Bobby and before we signed him, and I told Steve regardless of if he signs with us or not I’m really happy for Bobby, he’s in a great spot.”

I’m really loving what Ryan has brought to this team. It’s also fantastic that he seems to be in such a good mental space after what he’s been through.

Around the NHL

NHL 2021 debate: Which once-top team will tumble this year?

Thus, now is the time to rewind to last year and wonder: Which teams could be at risk of going from first to worst now? Or, rephrased: Which once-elite team is most vulnerable this season?

I don’t know about you, but considering who wrote the section, I’m betting everything I own on the Dallas Stars to win the Cup. ;)