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Ken Holland’s Influence On The Detroit Red Wings

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ken Holland may have moved on from the Detroit Red Wings when it became clear that Steve Yzerman’s time had come in Motown. His influence still runs deep through the Detroit organization, however.

It starts with Detroit GM Yzerman, who stepped off the ice as a lifetime Red Wing to learn at the feet of the GM who likely knew before anyone that the day would come when he’d be stepping aside for Yzerman.

Today Yzerman presides over a hockey department that has nothing but ties to Holland, with names like Pat Verbeek, Shawn Horcoff, Jiri Fischer, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Dan Cleary all working in some capacity for the Red Wings. Each of those former players has a piece of Holland in their front office game, a foundation on which the new, post-Holland Red Wings will be built.

"I’m a big believer in what Ken Holland is," said Kris Draper, the Director of Amateur Scouting for Detroit, a 17-year Red Wings player. "Ken Holland believes in culture, and creating a winning attitude within that culture. Then, when you start getting superstars buying into that culture — the McDavids, the Draisaitls, the Yzermans, the Lidstroms — and you plug third- and fourth-line guys come into a team where there is that culture and work ethic (coming down) from the top…

"That’s where you become a great team."


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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There are a multitude of reasons the Red Wings didn’t win enough games the last three seasons to make the playoffs.

But one of the keys was their lack of success on specialty teams. The Red Wings didn’t have much success on either the power play or penalty kill, and ultimately, that refected itself in the final regular season standings.

Heading into Friday’s game in Edmonton, it’s happening again.

The Red Wings are struggling badly on the power play, not doing much better on the penalty kill, with the first two games of a western Canada road trip this week prime examples.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/18/19 at 05:52 PM ET


“That’s where you become a great team.”

And then you overpay everyone and you replace departing skilled players with mostly aging vets and young fourth liners who try though, and when your first pairing defense retire you just pretend that all you need are guys who buy into the winning culture to replace them, even though those guys are clearly not top pairing defensemen, and then you’ve got a bottom four that costs and ungodly amount of money and a bunch of third pairing, aging D cost cost a ton too and you say you’re rebuilding but you’ve consistently got one of the oldest and most expensive teams in the league, but WE’VE GOT A WINNING CULTURE BECAUSE THE ONLY PEOPLE AROUND WHO REMEMBER WINNING ARE IN EXECUTIVE POSITIONS BUT THAT’S STILL A WINNING CULTURE, RIGHT??????

Or whatever.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/18/19 at 11:13 PM ET

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