Where's the loyalty, Kenny?
Holland shows loyalty to players that show loyalty back to him. It sets a good precedent, especially to young players within your organization who at some point need to make a decision to either stay and sign a long term contract, or to jump ship for more money. Obviously it won’t work 100% of the time, but I think it is no coincidence that the Wings very rarely lose star players when they want to retain them.
As frustrating as the loyalty can be at times as a fan (ie. Cleary) I believe long term it helps the organization.
Obviously you are being sarcastic in your comment, but Samuelsson left after the 2008-2009 season. Holland shouldn’t show him the same loyalty he showed Cleary. Cleary has played here for years, never left, sacrificed his body, and even stayed after being offered a 3 year 9 million deal with the Flyers (I believe). Holland promised Cleary last year that he would sign him for the 2014/15 season, if Holland doesn’t make that signing, he pisses off a lot of players. Not a message I want sent to players like Tatar, Nyquist, Jurco, Mantha, Dekeyser etc.
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