This is what the Joe looks like right now 😒

Well, here's what Joe Louis Arena looks like today:

That's courtesy of ClickOnDetroit's own @amburritooo. Thanks for ruining Monday, Amber!

Just kidding -- we all know what's going on over there. This photo really drives it home, though.

Oh, the memories. You will be missed Joe! 😒

Let's hope we can make some even better memories (surrrre) at Little Caesars Arena, even though the name alone isn't as good. πŸ™ƒ

Meanwhile, the Red Wings are being written off right now. I mean, people are burying this team before training camp even starts. I can't blame anyone, but let's not get too harsh here. They have some depth down the middle with Larkin, Filppula, Nielsen and Glendenning. Then there's Bertuzzi, Mantha and Athanasiou hopefully bringing the goals.

The defense is ... well, who really knows what this defense is right now. But instead of completely writing them off, I am calling the question marks "x-factors," because we really don't know what this lineup is going to look like come November/December.

We know this is Steve Yzerman's "free year," because the team's record is going to be sort of irrelevant as we wait for a list of contracts to come off the books next summer, but there are gamers on this squad who will be playing to win each night. And Jimmy Howard has contract incentives to make the playoffs -- don't forget that.

I am giving them a chance.

Carry on with your summer. Real hockey news is right around the corner, I promise.

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.