Do you really think Holland is going to come out in his pressers and say exactly what you want him to say? GM's dont answer to us , they answer to their boss.
He's GM for a reason and whether you like his decisions or hate them the bottom line is that without him, we wouldnt have cup expectations year in and year out.
The Wings brass know what the pulse of the team and their needs are and we all have our opinions as to that as well.
Its fun to rant and expouse all of our personal NHL GM experience but we could be 15-0 right now and plenty of you debbie downers would still be moaning and wanting Hollanfs head on a stick and ***** how hes doing it by luck or others peoples hard work.
Way I see it is that the 'rules' keep changing and the field of play has been leveled and still the Wings are in the hunt.
60 minutes of hockey is all this team needs....I dont have the answer as to how to get it...Players decide how hard and if they want to compete...bot GM's.
Two things I need to point out. One "We could be 15-0 right now". Yes and we could also bey 0-15 right now. That kind of argument doesn't work because the opposite is just as likely.
Two, we're not being debbie downers. We're being REALISTS. It's easy to sit up and say that your favorite team looks good and is just having bad luck It's a lot harder to try and look at the situation objectively. The fact is, Holland's plan the last four years has been try and mimic the 09 success and that we are right there and maybe only a small piece or two a way. Look where that's gotten us. 13 playoff wins in 3 years. That's 3 games a year.
Right now the Wings are suffering from Pistons syndrome. The 08-09 course has run it's course and the rebuild needed to be started a while ago. IF not two off seasons ago then last off season for sure. And Holland hasn't which is a big mistake.
*edit* 4.33 wins per year, not 3. I apparently suck at math.
That obviously wasn't the idea. The point was that it's illogical to try and turn a team game with 40 odd people competing for 60 minutes into simply just "goalie a vs goalie b". No goalie beats another goalie in the playoffs. He and his team beat the other team.
We just want a simple way to lay judgment and an easy tool to allow us to praise one goalie as superior. Analysis takes hockey IQ and effort. We like quick and easy and safe.
I see your point. That's why I never really consider wins in any sport an individual category be it pitchers or goalies.
Ya but look back the past 3-4 years, for whatever reason we have always played at the level of our opponent. If it was Columbus then we would play like a junior team, if it is st. louis or vancouver all of a sudden we are playing like the best team in the league. Shouldn't be that way, but they don't seem to care about the game when it's a garbage team..
I've always thought Howard was an average goalie and it's become apparent now that we don't have a defense.
I think he is well above average. He is keeping us in the game most nights. When you always have a wide open lane to shoot at the net, it is easy to see why they score 3-4 goals/night. Can't blame howie for the most part. He has made a lot of spectacular saves this year, how many breakaways have we allowed, even short handed? If the defense doesn't do anything, than that is what the score will be. It isn't a 1 man defense, it is a team effort, and the team isn't doing their job
Here's the difference though. If Howard wants to truly be a next level goalie he needs to make those saves when the defense leaves him out to try. Howard doesn't do that. He has a couple flashy saves that make him look like a beast and then he lets in some softies.
However that said, Howard isn't as high on the list of problems as some of the other things such as lack of defense, lack of offense, complete absence of a power play, and a lack luster PK. Those are more pressing needs.