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A little late but worth a listen: Red Wings GM Ken Holland ‘recaps’ 2013 season on Huge Show

This interview was posted a wee bit late, and it's a classic, "GM speaking from car, on phone, occasionally ear-dialing" interview, but this past Friday, Ken Holland spoke to WBBL's Huge Show's Bill Simonson, and he offered both reflections upon the regular season and playoff run that was, as well as the shape of the roster to come--stating that the Wings fully plan on having Tomas Tatar, Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist, Danny DeKeyser and Brian Lashoff on the roster next year--and that the Wings will attempt to add some "secondary" players through free agency or possibly through trades.

Holland speaks to Simonson for a total of 12 minutes:

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Bugsy's avatar

Please correct me if I’m wrong:
So, the roster is
Tatar, Andersson (C), Nyquist, DeKeyser (D), Lashoff (D) (assuming no trades) joining for sure:
Z (C), Datsyuk (C), Abdelkeder, Franzen? Ericsson (D), Kronwall (D), Howard

Hopefully Helm and Brunner, assuming Gustavsson, Kindl and Smith?

Questions: Emmerton, Miller, Filppula, Eaves, Cleary, Samuelsson, Tootoo, Bertuzzi, Colaiacovo, Quincey??

So, do I have this right?
For sure 3 centers, 4 defensemen, 4 forwards, 1 goalie=11
Hopefully/likely another center, forward, goalie, 2 defensemen=16

So, room for 7 more, right (different than the 20 dressing for a game)?
Assuming no trades: Need 4+ forwards, 1+ defenseman

Possibilities: another center possibly in case Helm doesn’t heal (or a forward that can move over) if they don’t bring back Emmerton, at least one veteran forward (Miller/Eaves/Cleary), probably one or two of the Samuelsson/Bertuzzi as forwards.
Aiming for 1 top line defenseman and power forward.
Consider any other GR people coming up.
Not much room left, eh?

Posted by Bugsy on 06/03/13 at 07:08 PM ET


I hope by “secondary” players, Holland means a 20-30 goal second liner.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 06/03/13 at 08:24 PM ET


Is Tatar a ‘for sure’?

Posted by Garth on 06/03/13 at 08:37 PM ET


Oh.  Good reading comprehension on my part…

Posted by Garth on 06/03/13 at 08:51 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Of course, tonight might be exhibit A of what can happen when we think the most aggressive team at the trade deadline should be the favorite to get to the Finals,....

Posted by Bugsy on 06/03/13 at 10:49 PM ET

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