I respect Kenny for honoring his word on a verbal agreement. I absolutely astonished and livid that he would make that verbal offer in the first place.
Re-signing a healthy scratch???
My last thought...I think we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Red Wings methodology of keeping our young talent down in GR for many years until they are 100% NHL ready. The parity that comes along with the salary cap is going to make this difficult. Players now have a lot more options than they did previously. The money is available in multiple destinations for free agents. We are going to have to pay competitive market rates and even overpay in some instances for proven NHL'ers that fit a need....Kenny Holland is not used to ***-for-tat negotiating for players with other teams, he's pretty used to getting what he wants....which is the current problem. The Wings used to get a lot of discounts on players because..."we are the freakin Detroit Red Wings and every player wants to play here". With a salary cap, money talks and Minnesota looks just as appealing as Detroit these days if the contract $ to the player is similar. You're no longer going to be able to stack your NHL roster to be playoff/Stanley Cup contenders, while keeping your young talent shelved in your farm system for years on end. These young players are more-and-more going to have to learn their NHL game at the NHL level. It's hard to imagine all of this young talent that we have and we are 1....not willing (or able as the new DC signing presents) to bring up to the NHL yet and 2....not willing to trade. Unless, unless, your fan base is so loyal (or stupid) that they'll go through 10 bad years of hockey in hopes of building a future team from scratch from your farm system.
Edited by Learn2LuvIt, 11 July 2014 - 10:12 AM.