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Caputo’s concerned about the Wings’ moves to come

The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo feels that the Red Wings are "stuck in the middle" between needing a few tweaks to restore the roster and a total rebuild (and tear-down) to re-set the franchise, and he's concerened that Ken Holland will whiff on his opportunities to add to the team's assets:

A total rebuild is not as ideal as has often been suggested.

Yet, the notion the Red Wings are a tweak or two away is equally ridiculous.

The trade market is going to be particularly active this off season because of the addition of the Las Vegas Knights and, subsequently, the expansion draft. It could make it easier to reshape the organization.

Where people get it wrong is suggesting the method. It’s more about being right. The right draft pick. The right trade. The right contract signing, internally and via free agency.

The Red Wings have gotten to this point because general manager Ken Holland has gotten it a lot more wrong than right lately.

If he and the Red Wings don’t wise up, they will be the mirror image of the Avs again.

Only this time, for all the wrong reasons.

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awould's avatar

Good to see some valid criticism of Holland in the press.

Posted by awould on 03/18/17 at 03:57 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

The Red Wings have gotten to this point because general manager Ken Holland has gotten it a lot more wrong than right lately.

Oh, oh. I think I just heard the heads of two of Holland’s ardent supprters exploding. Caputo’s life may be in danger.  surprised

But as awould said, it is good to see someone in the press have the cojones to offer valid criticism of the “best GM in hockey.”

It’s more about being right. The right draft pick. The right trade. The right contract signing, internally and via free agency.

Well, if that’s the case, the Wings are sh!t out of luck with the current management team in place. The only truly “right” move they made in recent years is signing and then trading Thomas Vanek.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/18/17 at 05:21 PM ET


The personnel issues can be resolved within the next two seasons, if KH is willing to do what needs to be done. Therein lies the question. If not, Christopher I must make a move to bring in new blood.

There are enough young pieces within the system to provide a good starting point for a rebuild. That is not meant to imply that all the pieces are there but a lot are. The do need at least 2 good young D men who can anchor the first and second pairings. They also need a couple of hard nosed wingers who will stand up for their teammates or a coach who will demand more of the players they have.

This will make them average at least but not high probability Cup contenders.  As things go nowadays though every franchise is going to be mediocre or just a bit above…so who knows.

The only way there is to get lucky or tank for 3-4 years. Do we want to see them go that route, with no guarantees even then?

Posted by NewfieWing on 03/18/17 at 05:33 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Tanking is no guarantee of success. Look at Edmonton as an example. After years of high draft picks, Edmonton will finally make the playoffs. The Red Wings need some productive draft picks, and some trades unloading some of the dead weight to maybe be successful. They also need the under performing players from this season to produce next season. A lot needs to go right to be a competitive team in 2017-18. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 03/18/17 at 05:47 PM ET


With just a handful of games left, both Tatar and Nyquist are starting to put up goals and assists. Something they have not done much of all season. Is it because they are now more relaxed or is there some other reason? As for the rebuild, the Wings have a lot of hard decisions to make and I for one am not at all confident Mr. Holland is still the man for that job.

Posted by Mackster from Eastern Canada on 03/18/17 at 10:19 PM ET


Unloading that dead weight is going to be very very difficult because no other team is going to want that dead weight. It’s may have to be a through attrition. Ericsson still has 3 more years. Kronwall still has 2. DeKeyser better turn it around because he’s got 5. The Abby and Helm contracts just make me sick. Howard still has 2 more years.

I don’t trust Holland to solve and of this mess. He hasn’t admitted any of them were bad decisions in the first place.

True rebuilds start at the top.

Posted by evileye on 03/20/17 at 10:42 AM ET

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