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Will Ken Holland “Take A Risk”?

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

Holland overvalued his own players, believed his core would improve with experience, and was slow to react when it didn’t happen. Because of that, he feels the heat entering the final year of his contract....

I respect the Wings’ undying desire to reach the postseason instead of scaling way back to start over. But if they’re going to pull it off, Holland must get bolder, more creative. With so many players on bloated contracts — due to Holland’s miscalculations — it’ll be difficult to make trades. That means he might have to take a risk and deal one of the promising youngsters — Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou — for a much-needed defenseman in a value-for-value blockbuster.

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Will Ken Holland “Take A Risk”?

Guaranteed that in his mind he took a risk trusting the likes of Larkin, AA and Mantha to get the Wings to the playoffs and look where that got him.

He’ll look at the season and with Zetterberg at the top in points his suspicions will be confirmed that this team is too young and needs more vets.

Take another risk?  Yeah, right.  I can’t wait to see if he gives up the farm for Shea Weber or if he just settles for signing Andrei Markov or Rub Scuderi to a long term deal.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/21/17 at 01:09 PM ET

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No. How bout those Leafs!

Seriously though:

He’ll look at the season and with Zetterberg at the top in points his suspicions will be confirmed that this team is too young and needs more vets.

...that probably is what we can expect in some form or other.

Posted by godblender on 04/21/17 at 01:13 PM ET

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Holland overvalued his own players, believed his core would improve with experience, and was slow to react when it didn’t happen. Because of that, he feels the heat entering the final year of his contract….

I honestly do not think KH feels any heat, his job is as safe as Abby’s contract. Both are here to stay.

I can’t wait to see if he gives up the farm for Shea Weber or if he just settles for signing Andrei Markov or Rub Scuderi to a long term deal.

There is another possibility, he gives up a farm for Markov or Scuderi.
The bottom line nobody believes in KH anymore besides Chris Ilitch, that’s just a reality. The expectations are so low that maybe we will be positively surprised.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/21/17 at 01:18 PM ET

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Oh and get ready to repeatedly hear about how the significant downturns of players like Mrazek, Nyquist, Larkin, Dekeyser and Sheahan were obvious aberrations, and how they’re bound to be much,much better next season. And hey!...if Howard had been healthy all season he probably would of had us “right there” at the end.

Posted by godblender on 04/21/17 at 01:19 PM ET

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Will Ken Holland “Take A Risk”?

No (quivering No) and Better Not….

Who writes this stuff??  Go on Vacation until October

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/21/17 at 01:20 PM ET

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He’ll look at the season and with Zetterberg at the top in points his suspicions will be confirmed that this team is too young and needs more vets.

KH probably thinks we missed the playoffs because of Abby, Helm and Howard injuries. With all 3 healthy (yeah, right!) and DK improving I guess he thinks everything is fine and that’s scary.
Speaking of Zetterberg, he had a surprisingly great injury free season. To expect him to repeat it next year at the age of 37 is a little delusional imo. Hope it will happen, but the odds are probably against it.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/21/17 at 01:21 PM ET

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KH won’t have to worry about tanking.  His moves or lack there of will make tanking a natural season ending.

Odd KH does not want to Tank yet he caused a Tanking this year. What goes around comes around, KH..So tanking will be reality for a couple of years.

Hope you run across Mr Sasquatch or Mr Ogopogo at your summer retreat, sign them if you can

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/21/17 at 01:29 PM ET

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It could be a UFA gold-rush this year.  There’s a tonne of guys just hitting their prime.  Basically, they’re all safe bets.

- Jagr
- Doan
- Iginla
- Marleau
- Streit
- Kunitz
- Neil
- Campbell
- Cullen

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 04/21/17 at 01:56 PM ET

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Sheahan were obvious aberrations, and how they’re bound to be much,much better next season.

The thing about Sheahan is that it’s almost 100% that he’ll be better next year than he was this season, but all that means for Wings fans is that he’s going to get a Helm-like extension.  Or, if we’re lucky and he throws a couple hits while scoring fifteen goals maybe he’ll get Abdelkader’s deal.

he gives up a farm for Markov or Scuderi.

They’re UFAs, so he can only give up the financial farm for them, not assets/prospects/picks.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/21/17 at 02:28 PM ET

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God I hope he doesn’t take a risk.  What good would adding 1 single Dman to this team do? This team, on a lot of nights, was not that bad defensively, it just couldn’t score. Some of that lies with inability to cleanly break out, a good puck moving dman might help there, but its not going to put us in contention by any means.

We need to save all of our young talent, unless he’s trading young forward for young dman, and I’m not sure why a team wants to do that.

Consider also, that unless teams pay a hefty tax to Vegas to protect players, which I believe is allowed like the last expansion draft, teams have unprotected defenseman that could be traded for at prices less than Mantha AA Lil Bert and Larkin. Holland has additional depth, and draft picks to use.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 04/21/17 at 02:37 PM ET

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It could be a UFA gold-rush this year.  There’s a tonne of guys just hitting their prime.  Basically, they’re all safe bets.

- Jagr
- Doan
- Iginla
- Marleau
- Streit
- Kunitz
- Neil
- Campbell
- Cullen

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 04/21/17 at 01:56 PM ET

Yeah. Let’s just hope KH doesn’t see this comment.  wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/21/17 at 05:05 PM ET

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A better coach would be a nice start.
Maybe players improve then.
Just saying…

Posted by Ventr on 04/21/17 at 06:32 PM ET

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It will be an interesting summer. No one knows what Ken Holland will do, including Ken Holland. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 04/21/17 at 08:54 PM ET

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...teams have unprotected defenseman that could be traded for at prices less than Mantha AA Lil Bert and Larkin. Holland has additional depth, and draft picks to use.

Posted by MurrayChadwick

I just had an interesting thought. I don’t know what the stipulations are for what positions Vegas can draft, but would it be smart to take a pile of D-men, since they seem to be at such a premium, and trade them for picks or forwards that were otherwise protected, or package a couple for a higher profile guy? There will be a ton of decent to quite good defensemen exposed.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 04/21/17 at 10:56 PM ET

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Bob Wojnowski, are you kidding, trade AA, Mantha or Larkin, someone needs to send you down for a drug test. First of all, considering their TTOI, they’re the highest scorers on the team, especially AA. Second, were still over the salary cap, getting rid of under one million dollar contracts provides no relief. Like I’ve said before, under Blashill you can’t honestly evaluate anyone, most players and the team look bad. I personally feel just getting the PP back to where it was before, which was about 10% higher than the 12.+/- percent we finished with would have darn near put us in the playoffs, considering the amount of ties in regulation.

Posted by stateofmifan on 04/22/17 at 10:08 AM ET

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Bob, maybe you should look at why the team is 9-0 in shootouts where Blashill only picks players and doesn’t have any affect on their scoring, and when you put that talent together on the team where Blashill’s game strategy comes into play and all of a sudden they can’t score.

Posted by stateofmifan on 04/22/17 at 03:43 PM ET

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