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Holland Points To The Heart

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ken Holland is poking my colleague Jim Matheson in the chest, just below left collarbone. And he keeps poking him: “This is what’s important. Right here,” he says, tap, tap, tapping, without ever uttering the word, “heart.”...

“In 2001 when we lost to L.A. (in the first round), there were some people saying, ‘The Red Wings run is over.’ We’re too old,” said Holland, the Wings’ GM for 13 seasons now. “We’re just about in 2011, 10 years later, and we’re having the same conversation.”

It’s a conversation that should have Toronto listening. Calgary might want to hang around for this chat too. Edmonton, no doubt.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

That was a great article. I just wish it had been longer – because, anytime Ken Holland is speaking, we’re all learning something valuable.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/11/10 at 04:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

+19, OTC.  Every single time.

A terrific article, Paul.

Two more misses ensued, but this April Detroit will compete in the post-season for an incredible 20th consecutive springs.

Boston holds the record:  29 consecutive years of playoff appearances.  We’re on target.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 11/11/10 at 05:14 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

Hard to imagine DET not breaking that record…  Guess it helps when you have a smart man running the team?  Other orgs should take note.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 11/11/10 at 05:27 PM ET

SK77's avatar

As good as the Wings are (and they are ... and I love them dearly) that 29 year record is still daunting.

Lidstrom is such a once in an era defensemen that even with his cap space freeing up, who does Detroit go after and get that same sort of epic consistency on the backend? Couple his skill with his longevity and endurance (or ability to stay out of harm’s way) ... that’s a cornerstone for a dynasty.

Then you’ve got the Flying Circus which is made up of ridiculous, one-in-a-lifetime, late round picks. Seriously ... anyone else in the Wings system even close to showing what Zetterberg and Dats showed with Hull on that two kids and a goat line?

And this isn’t even taking into considering Stevie and the gang that handled the front-end of the playoff run. The Russian 5, Konstatinov, picking up guys like Hasek, Shanny ... on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.

Wonderful owners, brilliant front office, amazing on-ice talent ... and nine more years to go. It’ll be a battle for sure. Hope they can make it 30 for the record.

Posted by SK77 on 11/11/10 at 08:42 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Another feather in Holland’s cap ...  Stevie Yzerman learned from the master, and he has, in one short off-season, completely turned around the Bolts.  The lineage is Devallano to Holland to Yzerman.  Imagine what Jim Nill could do if he got away from the Wings….. gulp

Posted by w2j2 on 11/11/10 at 09:05 PM ET

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