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Red Wings GM Ken Holland talks trade turkey with ESPN’s LeBrun

Well this is interesting. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun spoke to Red Wings GM Ken Holland, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman and Flyers gM Paul Holmgren about their take on the possibility of big trades going down at the deadline, as well as a slate of possible need for their respective teams. Holland told LeBrun that, at present, it doesn't appear that anyone wants to make a move...

"The standings dictate how much movement there is, separation or lack there of," Red Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com Tuesday. "You look at the West, from third to 11th this morning, there’s just three points separating those teams."

Detroit is one of those clubs in that cluster. And like so many teams around the league, the slate of games leading up to the April 3 trade deadline will play a major factor on what transpires.

"Ultimately, the next two to three weeks will determine certainly my thinking for the Detroit Red Wings," said Holland.

And he suggests that there are strong arguments for and against making deadline moves...

"On the one hand, you can make the case to be aggressive because history has shown that if you get in, it’s wide open," said Holland. "But on the other hand, you can make the case to be conservative, you can miss the playoffs by a point. Because it’s a 48-game season, the trade deadline will be around the 36-game mark, it’s hard at 36 games to have much separation in the standings. And if you don’t have much separation, you’re not going to have a lot of for-sure buyers or a lot of for-sure sellers. But in saying all that, I still think there’s going to be some movement, there always is. How big and how much? Who knows."

And what are the Wings looking for right now? Health, which is an answer I'm sure won't make Red Wings nation happy:

"If we can get all our guys back, that’s almost like a deadline addition or two," said Holland.

The Wings feel pretty good about their depth at forward if everyone is healthy.

Everyone has talked about Detroit’s blue-line in the wake of Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement and Brad Stuart's exit. I actually think the defense-by-committee group has done better than most people expected, especially given all the injuries.

All year long it’s been said the Wings would look to add on a defense come April 3. That’s only true if it’s an impactful player. I don’t think Holland is that interested in adding another depth-type blue-liner. He’s got plenty of those. If Detroit adds a defenseman, I think it’s a genuine top-four type. And those aren’t easy to come by midseason.

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A puck moving defenseman with some scoring prowess is about the only thing the Wings need right now.

By no means do we need any more forwards. We’re will already be cannibalizing our up and coming forwards when our injured top 6 forwards return.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 03/05/13 at 04:10 PM ET

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“If we can get all our guys back, that’s almost like a deadline addition or two,” said Holland.

F me, he actually said it.

Sigh…

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 03/05/13 at 04:16 PM ET

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By no means do we need any more forwards.

Yes, they absolutely do.  They just don’t need the only type of forwards that Ken Holland has added recently, ie. old and/or bottom six forwards.

Posted by Garth on 03/05/13 at 04:16 PM ET

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Yes, they absolutely do.

Maybe when Franzen comes back you would think differently?

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 03/05/13 at 04:21 PM ET

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The 07-08 Franzen isn’t walking through that door.  The 08-09 Franzen isn’t walking through that door. 

Hell, the 11-13 Franzen probably isn’t walking through that door.  He might be standing around on the other side of it, though, and if you open it he might kinda limp through?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/05/13 at 04:29 PM ET

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Maybe when Franzen comes back you would think differently?
Posted by TKShreve on 03/05/13 at 03:21 PM ET

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“If we can get all our guys back, that’s almost like a deadline addition or two,” said Holland.

I absulotuely hate this reply. “If”. Feck! IF I woulda stuck with one Jennifer A#@*^&h I would have been a successful engineer. Good grief!

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/05/13 at 04:35 PM ET

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I’m just as upset with his play as anyone…... but he did just return from injury. Let’s hope he can take it to the next level soon.

As bad as he looks out there, I’m gonna deliver the “timing” excuse and hope he finds his form. Or we sneak into the playoffs and he steals a game for us with 7 goals.

Orrrrr….. we trade him at the deadline for Hudler and Lebda.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 03/05/13 at 04:36 PM ET

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“If we can get all our guys back, that’s almost like a deadline addition or two,” said Holland.

And there it is.  Except the guys we’ll be getting back are injury prone and for the most part old so they will likely be injured again.

Get used to it everyone, there will be no move, at least nothing major.  Probably add another bottom 6 forward and trade our first round pick for Derek Meech.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 03/05/13 at 04:37 PM ET

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If Detroit adds a defenseman, I think it’s a genuine top-four type. And those aren’t easy to come by midseason.

apparently LeBrun doesn’t read Kuklas comment section because what I’ve gathered from here is it’s not only “easy” to get top-4 dmen midseason, but apparently Holland should be able to get one for Ian White’s expiring contract (and maybe Cleary’s or something) and if he fails at that, he’s pretty much the worst GM of all time. WAKE UP LEBRUN!

geez… why do some people just get so bogged down in REALITY

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/05/13 at 04:38 PM ET

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He’s sort of right about being healthy. If they could get healthy and stay healthy they might actually be able to be consistent on offense. They aren’t going to be able to get anyone to improve their top 6 at the deadline anyways so I wouldn’t be hoping for that. They do need a puck moving defenseman. That’s their biggest need. Get the puck up the ice faster. Funny, I thought they would struggle more on the defensive side of things with Stuart and Lidstrom gone but they have missed them, Lidstrom more so obviously, on getting the puck to the forwards. That however will also be tough to come by with all the teams grouped together. No one is gonna want to give anything up if they feel they are still in the playoff picture.

Posted by tmoore4075 on 03/05/13 at 04:38 PM ET

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“If we can get all our guys back, that’s almost like a deadline addition or two,” said Holland.

This is a cop out as I feel the GR guys will be sent down and in some cases they are better than the Injured players coming back or players current playing. For sure Sammy.

It is the easy way out with 9 D and possibly 16 forwards on the roster sometime in the future.  Sometime might be a week and maybe still long term for others.

If some GR players are sent down and playoffs are missed, Yikes.

Fil and Helm I can accept and normally Bert but his chronic back is worrisome, Sammy, White should be gone by Apr 3. Huskins will probably clear waivers. Colo is an unknown quantity right now.

Holland has some very tough calls to make for sure. I guess we will see where the Wings are by Apr 3 or before. 

Big games and points coming up!

 

 

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/05/13 at 04:49 PM ET

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Everyobody hates that ‘when our guys come back it’s like an addition’ stuff, but it’s totally true.

The reason people tend to hate it is that fans like trades to masticate.  Stuff that might reduce the number of trades, then, is the devil.

If you did a side-by-side between the Wings current lineup and what their lineup would look like ‘when healthy’, I don;t think too many people would make the argument that they’d be talking about the same team.  In the face of that it makes sense to be less willing to go crazy blowing assets for short term trades, not when what the team really is remains something of a mystery.

IMO Holland’s almost talked himself into agreeing with my ‘let it burn’ strategy and jumping on tight conference standings to really maximize his admittedly limited trade resources for maximum return.

If it’s true that few people will be outright sellers at the deadline, then guys like Cleary, White, Fil, Quincey, Colaiacovo, Eaves, or whoever would be demonstrably more valuable on that limited market.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/05/13 at 05:13 PM ET

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geez… why do some people just get so bogged down in REALITY

Yeah, but you’re the guy who thinks Abdelkader should stay on the 2nd line aren’t you?

Talk about being out of touch with reality…

Posted by Garth on 03/05/13 at 05:14 PM ET

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Everyobody hates that ‘when our guys come back it’s like an addition’ stuff, but it’s totally true.

Except that it isn’t.  When (if) everyone gets healthy then one of the most consistent d-men right now is going to be sent down to Grand Rapids, two fresh, young forwards who are someo of the few forwards actually producing points will also be down in Grand Rapids having been replaced by a couple of older players on the decline and the fourth line which has actually been one of the most consistent lines this season will be broken up.

What’s the opposite of addition by subtraction?

Posted by Garth on 03/05/13 at 05:21 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/05/13 at 04:13 PM ET

I wasn’t impressed with our team that Sir Kenny built before the season started so why should I think anything different healthy?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/05/13 at 05:26 PM ET

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Posted by Garth on 03/05/13 at 04:14 PM ET

Took the words out of my mouth Garth, holy shit I couldn’t believe what I was reading.


Why not trade for an impact player?  If we over-riped future top 6’ers and when we’re missing half the top six and they’re 4 years in and having success they still get the least amount of ice-time on the team.  Defensive liabilities greater than playing with pavel will balance.  turns out waiting 4 years for them to round out their defensive game still doesn’t work, but we still wont trade them, and we wont play them.  We’ll wait for healthy, often injured, vets to get back in the meantime.

Unreal.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/05/13 at 05:29 PM ET

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The Wings feel pretty good about their depth at forward if everyone is healthy.

Two points:

1) I don’t think that word [depth] means what he thinks it means. ‘Depth’ is not having to rely on everyone being healthy. Like, almost literally. That’s what ‘depth’ actually means in hockey.

2) Who looks at our group of forwards and thinks, “yeah, that’s a resilient bunch”? In the best of times? How about during a compacted, preseason-less season?

Posted by dumbasrocks on 03/05/13 at 05:30 PM ET

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Not saying trading is the way to go, I’d rather we play the guys we drafted and developed and let them make mistakes like Babs let Brunner do and played Brunner with someone who can help him get better.  But the kids are supposed to fall in line and be yes-men and take what their given regardless of what they bring.  Gotta be hard to be a Detroit prospect.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/05/13 at 05:30 PM ET

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White should be gone by Apr 3
Why?  He’s arguably been our most consistent defenseman.  When’s the last time you can remember making a defensive gaffe?  Babs has gone to the looney bin between benching White and keeping the clowns with Datsyuk.

A few injuries is a poor excuse for “offensive inconsistency.”  What player currently out is really that vital to the Wings offense?  Fil, Bertuzzi?  Fil does the best casper impression next to Franzen and Samuelsson.  Bertuzzi has aged and contributes an average of 15 goals.  Holland signed a bunch of players and is delusional to think this automatically makes the team better.

Cola is not reliable in the health area so it is ridiculous to rely on a contribution from him.  He’s a decent 3rd pairing dman but he’s never in the lineup long.  Samuelsson is just as bad when it comes to health and he is a 3rd line forward at best at this point in his career.  Sammy is a sh*tty old version of franzen.

There is not enough talent on this team right now to be a legit cup contender.  Heck, the Wings are a borderline playoff team with everyone healthy.  The problem is Holland signed too many bottom 6 forwards and he failed to mitigate things on the blueline.  There are 3 players the Wings are desperately lacking:  a physical defensman; a PP quarterback; and a top six forward with size.  I think the offense would improve if Tatar and Nyquil were put in the top six.

Holland should shop Cleary, Filppula, Franzen, Quincey, Kindl, and Samuelsson but he won’t.  He’ll get little to no value for the soon to be free agents on the team or the dead weight players he has signed.  This was the mistake he made last year.  Holland thought last years squad had a was on the cusp of making a deep playoff run and keep Stuart while throwing a 1st in the wastebasket for Quincey.  What happened?  One and done.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 03/05/13 at 05:36 PM ET

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“Ultimately, the next two to three weeks will determine certainly my thinking for the Detroit Red Wings,” said Holland.

But, you do like your team, right?

[That’s waiting too long, FTR.]

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 03/05/13 at 05:45 PM ET

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White should be gone by Apr 3
Why?

Because he’s going on four games in a row as a healthy scratch.

He’s arguably been our most consistent defenseman.

I’d love to hear that argument…

Holland should shop Cleary, Filppula, Franzen, Quincey, Kindl, and Samuelsson but he won’t.

Honestly, if they don’t re-sign the guys they shouldn’t re-sign and use a buyout or two then I’ll be nearly as happy in June as I would be if they got Zdeno Chara at the deadline for a 7th rounder.

Posted by Garth on 03/05/13 at 05:47 PM ET

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F me, he actually said it.

Sigh…

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 03/05/13 at 03:16 PM ET

I know, RIGHT?!

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 03/05/13 at 06:04 PM ET

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I’d love to hear that argument…Posted by Garth on 03/05/13 at 04:47 PM ET

How is the fact he has been a healthy scratch merit him being traded at the deadline?  You do know that the same guy has kept abs on a line with Datysuk forever and has yet to put up a point?

Who do you honestly think has been better?  Kronwall…dude was -10 at one point.  Ericsson $3M to throw the puck up the middle or into the penalty box?  God knows nobody likes Kindl, especially Babs.  Huskins? Smith? Lashoff?  None average as much ice time as White.  My argument is to show me via video or describe a defensive mishap scenario that has occurred because of White this year.  Good luck.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 03/05/13 at 06:08 PM ET

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Yeah, but you’re the guy who thinks Abdelkader should stay on the 2nd line aren’t you?

Talk about being out of touch with reality…

Posted by Garth on 03/05/13 at 04:14 PM ET

I just said I don’t think we should break up the Tatar and Andersson or Z and Brunner pairings (and that I’d like to see the third line play more). Unfortunately with our injuries, that doesn’t leave much for Pav. Franzen aside (supposedly), the rest of the wingers are pretty interchangeable. Pav is going to have to do a lot on his own no matter who’s on the wing. I don’t really care if it’s Abby or Eaves or Tootoo, it’s all pretty much the same difference to me.

I think we’ve looked great of late. The doomsday talk is so silly. We matched up pretty evenly against the team running away with the league.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/05/13 at 07:14 PM ET

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Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 03/05/13 at 05:08 PM ET

I’m not sure about defensively, but White definitely has cost us big time on giveaways.

Also, Ericsson has been spectacular this season. I’m not sure what you’ve been watching as he has done very little “throwing it up the middle” this season. His breakouts have been really patient and he’s consistently making the “easy” plays. He’s playing extremely physical and owning the front of our net. I think he’s been one of the most pleasant surprises for me this season, definitely playing up to his contract. Smith and Lash have both been rock solid too. Kindl has been playing his best hockey the last several games. All of these guys have looked better than White who has looked pretty average since the moment he was taken off of Lidstrom’s line.

And while I definitely was hating on Quincey with everyone else most of the season, he continues to lead the team in +/- AND is tied with Lash for second on the team in blocked shots (which he was leading the team in too until he hurt himself). This counts for something. Hard to scratch someone with those stats since at the least, he’s not hurting us. Our D’s surprisingly been looking pretty damn good of late.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/05/13 at 07:28 PM ET

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Also, Ericsson has been spectacular this season. I’m not sure what you’ve been watching as he has done very little “throwing it up the middle” this season. His breakouts have been really patient and he’s consistently making the “easy” plays. He’s playing extremely physical and owning the front of our net. I think he’s been one of the most pleasant surprises for me this season, definitely playing up to his contract. Smith and Lash have both been rock solid too. Kindl has been playing his best hockey the last several games


exactly.  our D has ended up shaping up into a legit crew.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/05/13 at 07:35 PM ET

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I just said I don’t think we should break up the Tatar and Andersson 

Don’t, put Pavel with both and have a Cleary-Abby-Eaves line.  That’s what it was supposed to be anyhow or some version of, like yous aid, rest of the F’s are interchangeable.

They’d get good mentoring from him, continue to develop and get better playing with Pav and you’d still get a shut-down line in Cleary-Abby-Eaves.  But I think the chances of producing increase on the second line.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/05/13 at 07:38 PM ET

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How is the fact he has been a healthy scratch merit him being traded at the deadline?

Well see, when you’re not going to play a guy and you can get something -anything- in return for him, sometimes you trade the guy.

None average as much ice time as White.

All but Huskins have played in the last week as well.

And while Kronwall has struggled defensively he’s also second in the league in scoring.  Doesn’t quite even out, but it’s better than what White has done.[

If you’re complaining about Ericsson, Kindl, Huskins or Lashoff over White then you’re simply not watching Red Wings hockey this year.

Pav is going to have to do a lot on his own no matter who’s on the wing. I don’t really care if it’s Abby or Eaves or Tootoo, it’s all pretty much the same difference to me.

Great, it’s the same difference to you, but to some of us who are seeing guys playing on lower lines, with less ice time and NOT with the best player in the world yet somehow still scoring more points than Abdelkader, it does make a difference.

When there are guys who are much more suited to be on offensive lines but are being relegated to third or fourth line duties while someone who should be on the fourth line and has almost exactly zero offensive upside is being given a top six role, it’s ridiculous.  And maybe Tatar isn’t as defensively responsible as we would all like, but nobody’s asking for him to replace Datsyuk, we’re asking for him to replace Abdelkader, a guy who up until now has been best known for taking terrible, inopportune penalties.

But hey, for some reason it’s really important not to break up Tatar and Andersson so fine, Eaves.  He’s be an upgrade both offensively AND defensively over Abdelkader.

Abdelkader is literally the last guy on the roster who should be on the 2nd line.

Pavel with both and have a Cleary-Abby-Eaves line.

Another better option than 8-11-13.

Posted by Garth on 03/05/13 at 08:01 PM ET

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On the one hand, you can make the case to be aggressive ... But on the other hand, you can make the case to be conservative…

But we all know Tick Tock is going to pick the “third hand” – doing nothing at all. Maybe we could call that being aggressively conservative.

I began to lose faith in the “best GM in hockey” last year when he signed Bert, Colo and Sammy to two-year contracts. It was like waving a white flag and saying “We have no faith in our prospects.” And if injuries hadn’t ravaged the Wings this “season,” he could have hidden behind that philosophy.

But we now know that Lashoff, Tatar and Andersson (not to mention Nyquist) are ready for full-time duty. Heck, even E52 has proven (much to the shock of most of us) that he’s a legit top-4 guy.

But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Kenny will make a move. After all, the young guys have proven they’re NHL players. So, in Tick Tock Land, that should lead to the obvious conclusion that they all should be traded away for some 35-year-old “vet” in the mis-guided belief that that will take the Wings deeper in the playoffs.

My personal wish is that Tick Tock will get hit by lightning on March 1 and have an epiphany. When he comes to, he’ll realize that it’s not “trade away the future for short-term gain” that’s the answer to the Wings’ problems. It’s trade away the dead weight (cough*Cleary*Bert*Sammy*White*cough) that’s the answer.

Let’s all hope that the “thunderstorm of reality” really does roll in before the trade deadline.

 

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/05/13 at 08:03 PM ET

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Don’t, put Pavel with both and have a Cleary-Abby-Eaves line.

Why not throw Eaves out there with Pavel?  He has good speed, he’ll grind the puck out of the corner, get the puck back to Pavel or the point and then make himself available for the return pass, he’ll be more than happy to shoot the puck when he gets it back (Abby seems to be set to “Pass to Pavel”) and he’s bigger than Cleary to battle around the net for rebounds.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/05/13 at 09:05 PM ET

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Why not trade for an impact player?

A) Because those trades rarely work out.

B) After point A happens the franchise is short the future assets they used.

I don’t have a problem making a trade for a guy who is signed multi-year or who the team is reasonably sure (like, 75%) they will be able to retain.  Unfortunately, very few trades actually involve that kind of player.  Most involve guys on expirings.

Further, what exactly would ‘a impact player’ do for the Wings this year, in real terms?

It would possibly make the team ‘better’.  Would that ‘better’ be enough to make them a Cup favorite?  If not, would that ‘better’ be enough in this single season to outweigh the future benefit of the assets moved?

That’s the kind of thought process few fans here ever engage in.  They tend to function in the present and concern themselves very little with a) the past or b) the future.  Those agitating for significant trade deadline moves should go back and acquaint themselves with the deadline trades made over the past 10 or so years and analyze how those trades actually worked out.

Defensive liabilities greater than playing with pavel will balance.

If that’s true, it’s true in both direction though, which makes your point meaningless.  If it’s not true, it just makes your point wrong.

What’s better, scoring more and allowing more, or scoring less and allowing less?  Trick question, because neither is better.  It’s not unreasonable to suggest that Datsyuk playing with Tatar would be more productive than Datsyuk playing with Abdelkader, for example.  It’s also not unreasonable to suggest that while a Datsyuk-Tatar pairing would score more, it would also be scored on more, as well.

The end result of game outcomes wouldn’t change, really.  Meaning, contests would still be one or two goal affairs and late-game mistakes would decide the majority of them.

And that’s making the assumption Tatar would still be as productive as he’s been playing against bottom 6 opponents than he’d be against top 6 opponents.  This is not always the case.

I wasn’t impressed with our team that Sir Kenny built before the season started so why should I think anything different healthy?

Look around.  There are many building consistently great teams out there.  Welcome to a hard capped league.  Chicago’s at 43 points and then there are 16 teams within 33-26 points.

This means that pretty much every year if you’re the kind of fan that likes to rip a GM for not building a demonstrably superior club you’re never going to have much trouble finding targets.

I began to lose faith in the “best GM in hockey” last year when he signed Bert, Colo and Sammy to two-year contracts. It was like waving a white flag and saying “We have no faith in our prospects.”

And if he hadn’t signed those guys Holland would get ripped, probably by you, for not ‘replacing lost players like Lidstrom and Hudler’.  That tends to be the way of it.

It’s odd that you call prudence and forethought something that Holland ‘hides behind’, as though it’s a bad thing.  Seems a bit self-destructive.

Generally speaking, if you look around the league you will see that the most aggressive GMs are also the ones who are most often fired because their teams suck spectacularly.  Maybe the interest generated by roster upheaval is such that it can serve in place of some degree of relative success for the team on the ice.

IMO, though, it’s very hard to argue with the notion that consistent success is superior to aggressive deal-making.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/06/13 at 09:09 AM ET

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I’m not sure about defensively, but White definitely has cost us big time on giveaways.
Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/05/13 at 06:28 PM ET

That is a defensive issue, but its all well and good to say he has cost the team on giveaways but provide a specific instance this year where he has done so.

Ericsson has been spectacular this season. I’m not sure what you’ve been watching as he has done very little “throwing it up the middle” this season.

No.  Remember that penalty box shot against the Hawks.  Yeah nobody was on him. 
There are two specific instances in the LA game where E coughed up the puck and threw it straight up the middle to an LA player in the Wings’ zone.



I think he’s been one of the most pleasant surprises for me this season
Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/05/13 at 06:28 PM ET

Yes.  He has been much better than expected and much improved defensively.  However, I would not go nearly as far to say he’s been spectacular.  Less time smoking the grass with Pierre and Ed may help with the blurry vision.

As far as Quincey, do you think that he has such a high plus minus is mainly due to his play?  That’s quite brave.  The defense is “coming together” because Babs has the Wings playing Lemaire style.  Have you noticed the games have been fairly boring lately?

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 03/06/13 at 05:25 PM ET

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  I began to lose faith in the “best GM in hockey” last year when he signed Bert, Colo and Sammy to two-year contracts. It was like waving a white flag and saying “We have no faith in our prospects.”

And if he hadn’t signed those guys Holland would get ripped, probably by you, for not ‘replacing lost players like Lidstrom and Hudler’.

Please don’t presume to know what my reaction would be. But if you’d asked me, I’d have told you that I wouldn’t have “ripped” him at all, especially if he’d chosen to give the “kids” a chance instead of signing Bert and Sammy. I had no real problem with Colo.

 

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/08/13 at 11:52 AM ET

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