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by IwoCPO on 09/30/13 at 05:25 PM ET
Well...that's just skippy. To recap: Mikael Samuelsson, a man who nobody expects to do anything, ever again, ever, is on the roster. Jordin Tootoo will be "keeping flies off" of...who? Nobody targets anybody anymore. He has no value on this team. None. Dan Cleary? I have a hard time with this because he's Charlie Buckets. He is. But, no. Not before Gustav Nyquist.
Short term, long term. I don't care. Not a single one of those players deserves a spot before Nyquist. But, there we are. Why?
Because Ken Holland, of all people, has mismanaged the Cap.
Oh, I know Dr. Pharmacist. I'm not allowed to pick on Tick Tock. It proves my shortsightedness as a fan, a blogger and a patriot. But it's hard not to break this down to the lowest denominator: the roster the Wings start with Wednesday is not the best team they could put out there and that's not due to injury.
We all talk all the time about Holland's restraint, about how he and his prolific team of advisors don't make moves for temporary gain. Well, that's what the re-addition of William Tell turned out to be (at a ridiculous price and length) and it's what the re-signing of Cleary most definitely is.
Nyquist and Tatar should be on this team. When you look at whether the most talent is in Detroit, or in Grand Rapids...you can't doubt the fact that dead weight is going to be up while real, legitimate scoring to be down...or over, actually.
And you can throw out all the platitudes and the elitist, above-it-all bullshit about cutting Kenny some slack because the nasty Cap has his hands tied but I'll respond with this: he's getting paid a shit-ton of money to not be affected by that. He's getting paid to maneuver inside the Cap or around it. Good GMs shrug their shoulders and wait for the chance to get Nyquist back up from Grand Rapids.
Great GMs make it happen. He didn't. He hasn't.
Yes, the team is good...just not as good as it could be if Holland had done his job better. Is that the best team the Wings could possibly ice? No. If that's not a GM's job description, I don't know what is.
Sammy's not getting traded. Neither is Tootoo. No chance. We'll be dealing with this stupid shit all year long.
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