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Ken Holland interviews 1 and 2 of 2: Red Wings GM talks roster philosophy

Updated at 7:58 PM with interview #2: As we await the start of Game 3 of the Grand Rapids Griffins-Syracuse Crunch series (7 PM EDT, AHLLive.com/WOOD Radio), Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on ESPN 96.1 this afternoon, and I'll post that sometime during the game as their podcast page updates...

But he already appeared on WDFN's Matt Sheppard show this morning, and MLive's Josh Slaghter annotated Holland's points of emphasis, noting that Holland tried to explain the rationale behind the concept of "rebuilding on the fly" instead of taking the Big Red Machine apart:

"High-profile free agents don't want to go to rebuild," Holland told WDFN's Matt Shepard on Wednesday. "You're going for a variety of reasons, one of which is winning. The teams, in my opinion, that want quick fixes, you're not building a foundation. You've got to start at the draft table, and you can complement it with trades and free agency. If we don't have a strong foundation, free agents aren't going to want to come here."

Some of the Red Wings' foundation for the future was on display during the Stanley Cup playoffs, as Detroit advanced to the Western Conference semifinals and had a 3-1 series lead against Chicago before losing in Game 7.

Holland expects guys such as Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist to be productive for the Red Wings for the next decade. And then there's immediate foundation of stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and goalie Jimmy Howard emerging as "one of the best in the business," Holland said.

"We're not that far away," Holland said. "We're trying to get 5 percent better. We're not going to go 50 percent better. We've got to get a little deeper, a little more scoring, a little more experience for some players who haven't been there before. Certainly it was rewarding for the organization to see young guys make an impact. That gives us optimism as we head into the offseason. We also have a lot of tough decisions to make. You like tough decisions when young people are pushing for jobs."

Here's the interview:

Update: Here's Holland's second interview with ESPN 96.1 FM's Sean Baligian:


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High profile free agents shouldn’t go to a rebuild. Makes sense.

We’re not rebuilding. Get a good free agent, Holland.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 06/12/13 at 06:32 PM ET

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