No, you really aren't right. I don't think anyone was going out of their way to gripe. I just felt like it was amusing to hear Babcock declare that the kids now have won jobs and the 3 guys on expiring contracts won't get their jobs back. I think Holland had more of a mea culpa attitude than Babcock. He didn't really admit to being wrong, but sheepishly had to admit that the "kids" were better than he thought.
One needs only to look to last year. Cleary was absolutely awful. Yet not only was he not ever benched, he was continually rewarded with top line minutes and PP time. It was supposedly due to all the injuries. Tatar was brought up and seemed to be NHL ready. His reward was a ticket back to GR. Cleary was brought back despite having no cap room, no roster space and without a doubt at the expense of a young player.
Babcock and Holland have always favored veteran players over youth. They also have gone out of their way not to "offend" an older player by having them be a healthy scratch, up until recently. Well, I think their line is all three of them are "injured". But there's oddly very little talk about it.
What I mean is you act like Babs and Kenny were trying to tout their own genius. Like they were saying, "Look how awesome we were to play the kids". Like you're searching for some negative connotation to read into what was said.
Also, I think many fans interpret a kid being sent to the minors as a statement that the kid isn't ready, or isn't good enough. I don't think that's true at all. I think our management just knows that having good players in the minors is a good thing. An insurance policy. Someone gets hurt, or the team is struggling, it gives you options.
While there's no doubt the Wings do like to rely on vets, like I've said before they are not nearly as opposed to youth as most seem to think. And the vets, as much as people like to call them absolutely awful, have typically been much better than they get credit for. Familiarity breeds contempt. Last year Cleary scored at a rate similar to Nyquist and Tatar, was also one of our top Pkers, and 2nd on the team in playoff scoring.
Which is not to say that he should have been brought back, or that Sammy should have been signed. Just saying that it's a rare situation that a kid that really deserves to be on the team is left off. It's not the pattern you all suggest it is. Nor are kids the answer to every problem. They're just new, which makes them exciting. Drop the double standards and judge everyone objectively.