I think you're a reasonable guy. I've talked to you before and have no reason to think you're a fool. I do, however, think that you (and other pro-fighting types) keep struggling to find reasons to validate fighting because if you don't find one sooner or later, you'll be forced to come to terms with the fact that something you find really enjoyable A) doesn't have any impact on the sport whatsoever, and B) is really, REALLY,f****** people's lives up.
Fighting doesn't have any impact on the sport? March 26, 1997 called to disagree.
"This is a game that brought the Red Wings together," said Vernon, who picked up his 300th career win. "Whether it was the first-period fighting or the overtime goal, a game like this only helps give you confidence to go into the playoffs. When you go to the playoffs, everybody has to be ready to do the job and stay together. Tonight showed the guys were willing to pay the price."
To me this is exactly the problem. Holland appears to be briliant because a few of the talking heads identify that "this is the year the Wings don't make the play offs" and his teams continue to make the playoffs.
That said he builds the best teams and better than anybody else that relies virtually entirely on the draft. He builds a skilled, determined team with guys that have character. Holland has always gotten the most of the draft. But just making the playoffs every year is bad when it becomes obvious that your team is not built for the playoffs & when you autopsy the season and look at everything the forwards have to do defensively because the D us under served it is not favorable. This is where we are at. FA's think we are too far away so guys that Holland is willing to overpay a bit go to Washington; or they take less than Holland was going to pay to go to pitsburg or with the exception of Danny who is from the area and played with Nill's kid and was brought to the Joe his whole adult life to meet Nick & walk through the dressing room they choose to go to Edmonton (Shultz, whome the Wings wanted).... when your number 2 D (is number 2), and you don't address this players take note. When you are unsuccessful in over 6 years to bring in a guy to help the team & to steward the tallented guys coming up it is a failure.
Who cares about making the playoffs every year if it handcufs your ability to assume risk where it is meaningful. Legwand was not meaningful. I don't see anything meaningful this year & I don't hold him accountable for that. What I hold him accountable for is failing 6 years in a row to supliment his skilled drafting and player development.
Guess you missed the memo about retooling instead of a rebuild. And the retool finally seems to paying off.
Guess he also missed the memo on the Wings management caring about making the playoffs. Clearly it's a priority to them.
Guy should play for as long as someone is willing to pay him. It's his life and career. Five years after he retires, 10 years, no one will remember that he "held on too long." He'll be remembered for a brilliant career.