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The Good And Bad Moves By Ken Holland Plus He Cared About His Players

05/07/2019 at 8:09am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The best moves

Trade for Dominik Hasek

Coming off a first-round playoff exit against the Los Angeles Kings, the Red Wings appeared to be fading in 2001. That changed on July 1, when they acquired goaltender Dominik Hasek from the Buffalo Sabres for winger Slava Kozlov and a first-round pick.

The move helped lure free agents Luc Robitaille and Brett Hull as the Red Wings created a super team with nine future Hall-of-Fame players. The Dominator helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup before retiring for one season....

Trade for Brad Stuart

A somewhat under-the-radar move at the 2008 trade deadline, this former third overall pick was acquired from Los Angeles for a second- and a fourth-round selection.

He formed a solid second defense pairing with Niklas Kronwall on the 2008 Cup-winning team and spent parts of five seasons with the Red Wings.

The worst moves

Signing Uwe Krupp

The Red Wings signed the oft-injured 6-6, 235-pound defenseman to a four-year, $16 million deal in 1998, after beating his Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs.

Krupp appeared in only 22 games his first season due to a back injury. The club learned he was participating in dog-sled racing while injured and at one point suspended him. Krupp returned to play eight games in 2001-02. He and the club eventually became embroiled in a legal battle over his contact.

more good and bad...

from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,

Holland liked to talk about the emotional connection a general manager makes with players who help build success, and how those players can define a franchise. Or, as he often called it: “a program.”

"People think our team is too old," he said once, as we sat for 90 minutes during a Wings practice as his team prepared for its playoff series against Anaheim. It was 2009. "They thought our team was too old for the last 10 years. After we won in 1998, you start reading stories. You lose in 1999 and 2000. 'We are too old.' So we went out and got Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille. Well, they are even older. But they know how to play."

He liked veterans. He liked players who knew how to stake and where they were supposed to be. So even when they slowed down, he had a hard time moving on from them.


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