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#2383885 nhl.com calls Kenny the best GM

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 April 2013 - 08:15 PM

To be fair, how many teams have been in the playoffs consistently and have made it to the second or third round every single year.  No team does that. 

 

I understand and you're right, consistently making the playoffs like the Wings have is great.  Holland's career as a whole has been pretty good.  What I'm wondering is, why is there are article ranking Holland as the best GM in the league when he has done very little in the past three years while the team's performance has been declining.  I get that we're "rebuilding" and going with younger players, but does that mean he's doing a good job by doing nothing?




#2383779 nhl.com calls Kenny the best GM

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 April 2013 - 07:24 PM

Have you seen the list of players we've lost to retirement and free agency the last 3 years?  Lidstrom, Rafalski, Osgood, Holmstrom, Draper, Maltby have all hung up the skates.  That's 22 stanley cup rings by my count, including one all time great and a couple of borderline HOFers.  3 of our "Big 5", plus our starting goaltender from the Stanley Cup year have gone.  Throw in the loss of Hudler and Stuart.  Did I miss anyone? 

 

And yet we're still in a playoff spot, whilst rebuilding our pipeline to its highest level in 20 years.

 

Right.  That's kind of my point.  We've lost players left and right and we're replacing them players from the AHL.  The salary cap has been going up, those players leaving is freeing up tons of cap space and he hasn't traded for or signed, hardly anyone.  We're doing a little worse each year, our cap space is growing, our problems are increasing and Holland hasn't done anything during this time.  Again, don't get me wrong, he's done lots for the Wings over the years, but to post an article proclaiming him the best GM in the NHL when he's done very little over the past few years is bizarre.




#2383710 nhl.com calls Kenny the best GM

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 April 2013 - 01:34 PM

Not to beat up on Holland because overall I do think he's a good GM, but I wonder about the timing of this article.  Aside from calling up players from the minors and signing our own guys, he's really done nothing over the past 3 years.  So while every other team in the league makes trades and signs big name free agents, Holland's been "standing pat" and watching the team get knocked out of the playoffs earlier and earlier and is now clinging to the final playoff spot this year.  So while he's done a lot for our franchise over the years, I'm not sure what he's done these past three years that would justify giving him the top GM honors.




#2383616 Ovechkin Hit?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 April 2013 - 08:14 AM

When people get past their biased views they will become enlightened. Stevie and Crosby are VERY similar. The biggest is the nhk didn't ram Stevie down everyone's throat like they do with Crosby.

 

The only similarity between Crosby and Yzerman is that they both wore/wear the "C" on their jersey.  That's about it.  Saying that Yzerman dove tells me that you didn't watch much hockey in the 80's and 90's or at least Red Wings games.




#2382744 Why do you cheer for the Red Wings?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 10 April 2013 - 12:36 PM

- Its a class act organization that's run right, starting with the ownership down to the players.  

- Its an original 6 team with a rich history and has had some of the greatest players of all time.  

- When they're at their best, their style of play is mesmerizing.  The passing, the skating, the whole flow of the team was just incredible to watch at times.  

- I don't live in Detroit and I wear Red Wings gear ALL the time (the logo is even tattooed on my arm) and I'm known as that "Red Wings fan" (like their's only one or something).  I like being known for that.  Its a good feeling.




#2375006 Iginla Traded to Pittsburgh

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 March 2013 - 09:30 AM

They know full well that they can't resign everyone, they are just playing NHL '13 and shooting for a cup when the opportunity presents itself. Not a bad thing, if you actually win the cup and didn't mortgage your future for 2 months of "OMG look at their roster!". Here's hoping they don't win. Let's not forget what the 1999 and 2003 Wings looked like...

 

That's what I keep telling Pens fans who are already planning the parade.  It just takes ONE hot goalie and you're screwed.  We had a much better team than the Avs in '99, we ran into Roy and lost.  We had a much better team than Anaheim in 03, but Gigure was a wall, we lost.  If the playoffs started today, they would be playing Lundqvist.  The 7th seeded team is NJ with Brodeur.  Those guys are more than capable of stealing a series.  




#2373728 hockey central mentioned wings should maybe pursue iginla and bouwmees

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 March 2013 - 01:16 PM

I've said this ever since before he left Florida, I'd like to see what Bouwmeester can do on this team in our system.  I think he would flourish.  I mean, let's face it, Florida and Calgary are not exactly the best places to play hockey.  Two non-playoff teams that get crushed by most teams on most nights, he really didn't have talent around him in either place.  I think his skill set would really work in Detroit.




#2362618 Milbury rips Ovechkin

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

I've said it before, I'll say it again, Ovie needs to be traded.  To me, this looks a lot like Patrick Roy in his final days in Montreal.  He was great for awhile, then he started to decline, everyone said he was washed up and a change of scenery really helped put his career back on track.  I think the same would happen to Ovie.  Trade him to a Western Conference team and watch him re-ignite.  The question is who can and is willing to absorb that huge contract with him playing this badly.  He's a $9.5 mil cap hit per year till 2021.  That's a lot of money for one player in a salary cap league and for him to not be playing like an MVP, he'll be tough to move. 




#2360880 2/24 GDT : Canucks 3 at Red Wings 8

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 24 February 2013 - 07:38 PM

So is it too early to order my Damien Brunner jersey?  lol  The guy is a phenomenal addition to our team.  Really hope Holland gets him signed to an extension.  




#2354599 Howson Fired in Columbus, Jarmo Kekalainen named new GM

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 February 2013 - 08:41 AM

Trading the franchise for spare parts (Rick Nash), overpaying for defensemen (Wiz) on free agency, trading for a young goal scorer that has made it clear he has no desire to play for you (Jeff Carter), having pretty much all of your highly rated draft picks do nothing, finishing near the bottom every year... I wonder which of these straws finally broke the camels back.  




#2345758 Everyone chill out!

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 24 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

I was doing a little research and looking back at the last lockout shortened season.  Everyone keeps saying how important is it to "get off to a good start or it'll be over before you know it".  While it never hurts to get off to a good start, I'm much more interested in how things end.  In 1995, the NJ Devils started off 0-3-1, were below .500 for about half the season, finished a little over .500 and made the playoffs.  In May and June they went 16-4 and won the Stanley Cup.  If you like to be pessimistic, then by all means, keep whining about the slow start, but how well they're playing in January means nothing, even in a short season, and there's the proof.




#2344532 Red Wings sign D Kent Huskins to 1-year, $750k contract

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 January 2013 - 01:28 PM

Reading his scouting report it says the Huskins "gets injured a lot".  Man, does Holland get some sort of bonus everytime someone gets injured?




#2340522 Half Season Predictions 2013

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 16 January 2013 - 08:34 AM

Central division: 

1. Red Wings

2. Blues

3. Blackhawks

4. Predators

5. Blue Jackets

 

 - Wings finish 3rd in the Western conference.

 - Brunner scores close to 20 goals

 - Kronwall picks up his game and solidifies himself as the new number one d-man.

 - Howard plays more games, than Gustavsson, but the Monster has better numbers.

 - Datsyuk finishes in the top 5 in scoring.

 - Nyquist finishes the season on one of the scoring lines.

 - Franzen will be a $3.9 mil cap hit, score around 30 goals, and people will complain.

 

 - Crosby wins the Art Ross.

 - Ovechkin wins the Hart and Rocket Richard

 - Tuuka Rask wins the Vezina

 - Shea Weber wins the Norris.

 - Parise scores less than 30 goals.

 - Suter finishes the season as a minus player

 - Rick Nash does only slightly better than he did in Columbus.

 - Anaheim makes the playoffs and Selanne's final run for a championship is an exciting one.

 - Rangers, Flyers, Wild, Hurricanes, and Kings underachieve.

 - Stars, Canadiens, Oilers and Ducks overachieve.

 - The Kings start off slow, but finish strong to barely make the playoffs.

 - Penguins and Canucks are top seeds in their respective conference.

 

I don't understand why people are ranking the Wings so low, just because of Lidstrom.  I mean, I know he's great and all, but he's not the whole team.  There are plenty of teams that won the Stanley Cup without Nick Lidstrom in their line up, we can too.  We have more depth and speed up front.  While other teams are cramming in as much training camp as they can before the season, Datsyuk is already in midseason form and Zetterberg and Brunner have been playing together, developing chemistry for the past few months over in Switzerland.  IMO, Kronwall can be the next Scott Stevens.  That hard hitting, stay-at-home defensive style with a big shot from the point every now and then.  Colaiacovo is a very solid pick up for us.  I think he's an improvement over Stuart.  Plus, we have Brendan Smith, who is really motivated and excited to be playing in the NHL this year.  People complain so often during the season that the Wings looked lazy or "unmotivated" out there.  We have plenty of new blood in our lineup that should change that perception.

 

I think the pessimists and the critics who have been predicting the Wings downfall for over a decade now are going to be surprised/disappointed.




#2322798 Your thoughts on Sergei Fedorov

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 29 July 2012 - 08:54 AM

I'm not sure I understand why the contract situation with Carolina is such a big deal to people. He held out, but it didn't really hurt us. We made the playoffs, he came back, played great in the playoffs and we won another Cup. The way he left in 2003 wasn't great, but it wasn't so bad that it could erase or taint everything he had done for the Wings for the 11 years. He was a HUGE part of those championship teams in 97,98 and 2002, I don't see how you can not be leaning towards retiring his number. Do we win those three Cups without him on our team? Do have all that success we enjoyed during his career without him in our lineup? I really doubt it.

Maybe people were too young to remember or simply don't remember that time very well, but Fedorov was 90's Wings hockey. Maybe its because he was more flashy than others or because he was that good, but Fedorov was always the first name to come up when talking about the Wings back then.


#2321399 Rick Nash traded to the New York Rangers

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 24 July 2012 - 06:29 AM

The return Columbus got back isn't that horrible. Dubinsky definitely has the tools to score 50 points per year consistently. Won't be a superstar, but I've always liked him. I think he needed a change of scenery. Not sure if Columbus will help, but I guess we'll find out. What does Columbus look like now as far as their potential lineup goes?

Umberger-Anisimov-Brassard
Foligno-Johansen-Prospal
Letestu-Dubinsky-Atkinson
Boll-MacKenzie-Dorsett
Bass/C.Gillies

J.Johnson-Wisniewski
Aucoin-Tyutin
Nikitin-J.Moore
Erixon

Steve Mason
Sergei Bobrovsky



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Enjoy your fair market value contract on that AHL team you're on.