Posted 12 September 2013 - 11:59 AM
Ken Holland is too sentimental with his players. At some point you have to cut the cord and do what is best for the team and not for your personal friendships.
This phenomenon has been going on for a while, and I wouldn't call them friendships.
It is just the org philosophy to be loyal to the vets, as an effort to attract more free agents, knowing the Wings will be loyal.
Not saying it is the best or only approach but it is definitely an org philosophy more than Holland and Player X being buddies!
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