You wrote more than you needed to. My whole point is that Holland's previous successes shouldn't give him immunity at his current job. Immunity is dangerous at any job. If I had immunity at my job, I'd have strippers and scotch here every day
Hey - you better invite me!
But it's not just "past successes". That's the point. He's still a very successful GM, and his teams are still very successful. It's not like we're stinking up the place, missing the playoffs, and competing for lottery picks.
I agree that you should have total immunity at your job. But you also shouldn't be fired if you don't remain at the absolute apex of your industry in perpetuity.
We've gone six years since our last Cup. Exactly the same amount of time between our Cups in 2002 and 2008. It would have been a mistake to fire Holland back then, and it would be a mistake now.
Be careful for what ya wish for...For all we know the next GM could somehow be related to Matt Millen.
Here's my problem with Mike. He comes out last night and says "we battled our butts off to get in the playoffs" and "the media didn't pick us to make the playoffs" So in that vain it's a great coaching job. Yeah, not so fast. This team was pushing for tops in the East in February, Mike came out to the media and said this was the best team he's coached since 09 a couple of months ago. Holland picks up 2 guys who, at the time, seemed like great fits. We sputtered down the stretch, what happened to our amazing coach? Yes, Mike is one of the best coaches in hockey. I'll never dispute that, but I think I've heard one to many Babockisms, and I'm ready for a change.
Completely agree on Todd McLellan. Bring Blashill up as an assistant. Continue to groom him.
I guess I think of Holland as the main person to bring in talent. When he isn't. I blame him. That's how black and white I look at it though.
This is probably one of his biggest off seasons. He needs to better prepare for Pasha and Z's departures. He really didn't with Lids or Rafalski. Years prior to their retirements, he could've been planning. Granted Kronwall and E never materialized into absolute greats, but again, isn't it his job to foresee some of that stuff? I don't know, maybe I just don't understand his role.
The same way I blame the Lions for years of not getting the right players, I blame other teams.
If he goes out and gets value for Howard, that would be a step in the right direction.
I don't think you can have 6 million tied up in two #1 starting goalies.
I will agree with you about Howard - that is if there's a package that can be made to shore up other areas on the roster - then why not look at what's out there.
"I don't know why they're not coming here" - Ken Holland
That's a hard question to answer.
Is it due to the impression the city of Detroit gives to outsiders? Has the novelty of being a Red Wing worn off? Is playing for Babcock a pain in the ass? By signing some players in the past, and then not getting ice time starting to bite the Wings in the ass?
I'm thinking the answer is 'yes' to all of the above.
I would like it if we could just find one legitimate 3-4 defenseman. Not some bulls***ty 5-6-7 defenseman that you have to twist and turn in your head to imagine fitting into a 3-4 spot, but someone who's fully deserving of the spot. Someone who on this team could probably then slide into a 1-2 spot the way things have gone.