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2 hours ago, krsmith17 said:

Yeah, I heard that as well (although I disagree with them having him ahead of Svechnikov...), but I was more so talking about the consensus around the league / scouts, not Detroit specifically.

If you want to be cautiously optimistic about Veleno that's completely fine, but I'm ecstatic with that pick. I was hoping we'd trade up into the middle of the first to grab him if he were still on the board in the 15-20 range. It turns out we didn't need to. I'm not sure why you'd be worried about a "lower body" injury from a year and a half ago when he's played great hockey and put up solid numbers for a solid year since then. There's nothing "off" with him falling, other than each team having one player ranked above him. Very talented young players fall in the draft every single year, only to go on to make several teams that passed on them, regret their decision. This is no exception. He will be a highly skilled top 6 center in a few years. Mark it.

Hope you are right.  Larkin is making a few GMs look bad right now.

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5 hours ago, Jonas Mahonas said:

It makes me a bit nervous that we took leftovers with both our first rounders.

Every hot chick is someone's leftovers.

4 hours ago, ChristopherReevesLegs said:

Somewhere there's a Red Wings staffers kid wearing a draft day Hughes sweater

Glad we didn't draft that no jaw line, walmart wolverine, twig boi

They're holding on to it for next year. All they have to do is remove the 8's from it.

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From the Athletic article about Holland stepping aside for Yzerman

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When explaining why he did it, he pointed to the chest of the person asking the question. It’s for the logo that would go right there on the hockey sweater. He faced a moment when he could dig in and try to keep his current position or he could try to find a solution that put the franchise first.

He thought of all the times he called players into his office and asked them to change the way they played. Or asked them to spend more time in Grand Rapids for the good of the team. Or maybe take a little less money to add another player under the salary cap.

For years, he has been asking people around him to make sacrifices for the Red Wings. This was his turn.

“It’s about the fan base. It’s about the franchise,” he said. “It’s about the team, it’s about the crest, it’s about the logo. Me sliding aside, is about the logo. It’s about what’s best for the franchise.

With all the Yzerman hype, appreciation for Holland kinda got lost in the shuffle. Thanks for stepping aside for Stevie Ken, and for the last 20+ years of Wings hockey.

I get the feeling Ken isn't going to Seattle after reading this bit from the Athletic...

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Write in. Whatever he says at his final press conference. 

PS this place is as barren as the new housing developments around LCA. 

Edited by rwing

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He signed an extension with the wings that no one ever gave details on. Which I'm sure had an opt-out if he wanted to leave for another GM position, which he clearly did. All the best to going from one dumpster fire to a bigger one. I appreciate everything you've given us.

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From Friedman's 31 thoughts:

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Quote of the week, an NHL GM, referencing Ken Holland’s mammoth new $5M/year contract in Edmonton: “I can’t wait to argue with my owner that I’m 50 per cent as good as he is.”

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At his introductory media conference, Holland talked about his trip overseas shortly after Steve Yzerman took over as Detroit’s GM. “I went over to the world under-18 championships,” Holland said. “As I was over there, I realized that I still had the passion, the energy, the enthusiasm, the desire to continue to be an NHL general manager.” A few of his peers saw it. They could see he was energized by being there, and becoming a consultant was not going to satisfy him. It’s clear he knew he was going to give up the seat in Detroit months before it happened, but he worked hard, refusing to mail it in despite that. If not the No. 1 contender, he would have been very high on Seattle’s list, but would be almost 66 years old when the puck dropped. The time for him was now. Holland described a situation where the Oilers would compete for the playoffs while building for long-term success. It will be interesting, because some candidates took pains to make it known this is not a short-term fix.

 

Edited by ChristopherReevesLegs

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