The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/30/13 at 03:48 PM ET
While you, I and the media ponder what the Red Wings' management, pro and amateur scouts, coaches and player leadership will decide to do in terms of the team's roster going forward based upon its salary cap situation, a pair of possible cap-compliance buy-outs, trades, injuries and how the team will accommodate the signings of its prospects and promotions of prospects from Grand Rapids...
The management's decisions to stand pat over the past 11-or-so months has shown that the team tends to believe in the concept that prospect development plus a free agent signing or two = the way to go while "rebuilding on the fly," and Ken Holland basically confirmed that strategy while speaking to the Free Press's Jeff Seidel, who suggests that the Wings' playoff run has made him a "believer" in the Wings' organizational philosophy:
[W]e learned that the Wings have a ton of young talent. And now that young talent has something that is even better – playoff experience.
"I think the most important thing is they are pros, not potential,” Holland said.
Next year will be fascinating. The Wings will get a full season of Danny DeKeyser. And they should get several injured players back.
“Next year, we hope to have Darren Helm back,” Holland said. “We hope to have a healthy Todd Bertuzzi. We hope to have a healthy Mikael Samuelsson. You can look forward to September 2013, and think we are going to have a real good competition” at training camp.
This is a new look for the Wings. This team is not as dominant as in the past, but it is homegrown, and it’s the culmination of a plan that started back in 2005.
“In ’05, we made a decision to be way more conservative,” Holland said.
To hoard draft picks.
“Now, we traded a second-round pick in ’08 for Brad Stuart, and I’d do that all day long,” Holland said. “But for the most part, we have tried to spend most or all of our money in the summer with the thought that we didn’t want to get to the trade deadline and trade a high draft pick and a prospect. Now you are starting to see the fruits of that philosophy.”
Given that MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Samuelsson may need surgery for his torn pectoral muscle, who knows if he'll ever be healthy...But I guess that signing, the team's decided to live with.
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