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by George Malik on 11/19/13 at 11:56 AM ET
97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland recently (I believe this interview aired during Saturday's game against the Islanders), and Riger addressed some hot-button issues in asking Holland about the team's middling record...
As to how Holland feels about his team at the quarter mark…
“We haven’t been consistent enough” Holland said. We’re still talking about the same things that we did last year, secondary scoring.”
Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have a combined 21 goals this season, the rest of the team have 33. That pretty much says it all.
As well as the team's inability to recall a certain Gustav Nyquist, who's registered 7 goals, 14 assists and 21 points over the course of 15 games played for the Grand Rapids Griffins:
“I’m talking to teams, trying to get creative, trying to figure out ways to make a move or two. Certainly we would love to have Gustav here, but when we made the decisions in the summer-it obviously affected Gustav Nyquist.”
One of those decisions was bringing back Dan Cleary who has just 1 goal and 2 assists in 20 games and has a cap hit of almost 2 million dollars.
Holland also has thoughts about if Steve Yzerman should come back to Detroit for the Winter Classic Alumni Game on December 31st?
“Obviously we would love to have him, I don’t know if it’s once in a lifetime, but it’s probably a once in a decade thing. It will probably be another decade before we host another Winter Classic” Holland said.
I can't embed Riger's full interview with Holland via CBS Detroit's player, so I uploaded it to my Soundcloud account:
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