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Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues discussion regarding ‘standing pat’ at deadline on Fan 590

I posted this in the Red Wings-Blackhawks game-day update post, but it merits its own entry: Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with The Fan 590 this morning, and in addition to addressing the Wings' youth movement as it pertains to attempting to win Game 6 against the Blackhawks tonight, Holland spoke at length about the reason why he stood pat at the trade deadline in terms of both "buying" and "selling" potential unrestricted freeagents, he discussed the changes and challenges that coach Mike Babcock's had to face during a rebuilding-on-the-fly season:

This story compliments both the Free Press's Helene St. James' interview with Holland and the CBC's Cassie Campbell's interview with Holland prior to Saturday night's game.

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This GM does more spinning on his inactivity then actually working on trades while his lapdogs in the media continue to act as his stenographers.  Watch this summer there will be little to no activity and the same media members will allow him to spin his way out of it.  Before he goes out posing for statues, it is worth remembering how lucky the Wings were as injuries to their veterans were the reason that guys like Andersson, Nyquist, Tatar, Kindl and Smith all got bigger roles on this team and gave them the energy needed to get them into the playoffs, that and the signing of Dekeyser of course.  If not for the youth movement and the Dekeyser signing this team would not have made the playoffs.  And in terms of not being a “seller” worked out well for guys like Doug Wilson

Posted by bababooey on 05/27/13 at 01:39 PM ET

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You’d be stunned at the amount of time, energy and effort that the front office spends in attempts to help add to the team. The front office is constantly making phone calls, sending text messages, emails, are talking to their pro and amateur scouts, exploring possible trades, free agent signings, swapping draft picks, moving prospects…I’ve watched them work during games and practices and even after they’ve struck out on free agents, and Holland, Martin, even the coaches, they’re a blur of half-watching games and working their Blackberries and iPhones while carrying on two or three conversations at the same time, and that doesn’t change regardless of whether it’s January or July.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/27/13 at 01:56 PM ET


I’ll be ore stunned when his efforts lead to a trade.  I have never said the guy is on the golf course while the rest of the NHL is working but he has yet to really show any results in the areas that he actually controls, like trades and free agents.  And again, no one is saying that Holland does not deserve any credit or that he is an idiot warming a seat in the office while getting paid seven figures, I just think that he has done very little to improve the roster while his coach tinkers with the scrapheap that his GM has given him.  Look at someone like Abdelkader, Babcock was nearly run out of town for pairing him with Datsyuk, even though it was obvious they needed a power forward type on that line.  The results have paid off in spades, and in spite of the lack of roster moves from Holland all the articles are regarding how great Ken Holland is.  That is my issue, if Ken Holland was to move out of his GM chair to take Jim Devellano’s job this team does not miss a beat, if Mike Babcock is replaced hard for me to say the same thing but according to the articles you read, Ken Holland deserve all the credit, he’s the one “re-building on the fly”.

Posted by bababooey on 05/27/13 at 02:26 PM ET

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