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by IwoCPO on 02/28/12 at 03:10 AM ET
This is just a taste. I went to bed the minute the deadline passed. It was 2301 CVST (Carl Vinson Standard Time) and I was highly, highly pissed. I believe this was a failure on an epic scale. It was either Okie or JJ who said repeatedly last night, “Opportunity is a fickle bitch.” Exactly. And it’s been my experience that once you start turning down opportunities they seldom come back the next night to see if you’ve changed your mind or come to your senses. They move on to the next potential customer in Nashville or out in Vancouver.
I’m going to try to take a much harder look later in the day (your early morning), but for now I’ll say this: Ken Holland had a chance to improve this team yesterday and didn’t do it. The company men will agree with his inactivity.
I think it was negligence.
Nick Lidstrom is going to retire. You have millions to spend. You have a team that is unbeatable at home (with Datsyuk, anyway). You have…opportunity. So you sit on your hands because the prices are too high? Is that it? We’re going to let our allegiance to the potential of a player like Nyquist stop us from acquiring a piece that could bring us a Stanley Cup? Are you fuching kidding me, Kenny?
Two 4th rounders put Pahlsson in Vancouver. Great, gritty defensive forward. A guy teams pick up for the playoffs. Not us, though. Too steep.
Gaustad? Want to trivialize that pickup? Go ahead. I’ll remind you that you scoffed when we face Nashville in the playoffs. When Zetterberg loses a faceoff to him in our zone with 15 seconds to play and Weber’s got it tee’d up for the game winner, go ahead and tell me what that guy would have been worth in February Kenny.
Move of the day is a reach around for Mike Commodore. And the Diggers fell all over themselves talking about it. For two hours the Wings ignored their playoff lineup and the Diggers tip-tapped away at how generous Kenny Holland is, how compassionate he must be to let the guy go down to Stevie Y in TB. Not a questioning word from one of them as to why the Detroit By God Red Wings did nothing to improve themselves on a deadline day that was worse than Cory Cross because we had a helluva lot more money throw around.
I don’t want to hear the excuses, either. If you’re the “best GM in the business”, you get by the obstacles and make something happen. Mediocre GMs do nothing. Excellence surprises people and makes us shake our heads in wonder. Not since Hossa have you done that.
Tick Tock? You blew it. You’ve done some great things for us in the past but yesterday? You absolutely blew it.
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