Ken Holland has been with the organization for 30 years. 18 of which he's been the GM. He started as as scout, then the director of scouting, then the assistant GM, then the co-GM, and then the full GM. It's not a coincidence that he was hired just prior to the Wings beginning an epic playoff streak.
To try and dismiss his contributions to the organization as anything less than profound would be an absolutely gross understatement. He's been more important to this team's success then any other individual.
If you hire a GM from outside the organization, you can argue he's riding coattails. But it's a little hard to say that about a guy who's been a member of the Red Wings longer than Steve Yzerman and Nick Lidstrom.
To a lesser extent, this is true of Stan Bowman as well. Sure Tallon was the GM before him. But he started with Chicago in 2001 when they were a garbage team. Unless he was just standing around playing with himself for 8 years he likely contributed to their assent. Is he entirely responsible? No. But he's contributed from the bottom up.
Yzerman doesn't deserve much credit for that first conference finals appearance as he had just come in from outside the organization and had been with the team for less than a year. But he deserves credit for every single other success they've had since.
People will always s*** on Holland and it's pretty sad. No one really knows what we have had the last 20 years until it's gone. He has an eye for talent and continues to pick the correct draft picks year after year. I mean Larkin could have probably been picked top 5 last year at the pace he's at right now. In my opinion he's a huge steal for us.
They think babs is going to make them the best team to ever play, and that he can make kessel into the best two way player ever, that he made z and pav the players they are...
Straight up, the most naive people in the world.
I'm excited for both the Wings and the Leafs. Honestly, guys...what is with all the Leafs hate? Nobody who claims to love this game would want Detroit's historic rival to languish in the league basement for decades. I personally look forward to Babcock coaching a team that actually is a challenge for the Wings to play.
I do hope they suffer. If you live in Toronto you would understand.
For a young Chara ? Heck yes there are only two guys I wouldn't have traded Larkin and Mantha Ehrhoff wanted one more year than Kenny was willing to offer, at some point he has to understand that this team sadly isn't seen in the same light as before so to get a deal done some giving in to the demands has to happen.. Man buffalo man up and don't act like girls which didn't get their prefered shoes ..sending reporters to Toronto is just stupid.
Ehrhoff signed a 1 year deal, Kenny offered him multiple years why did he all of a sudden want another year from Holland again?
Comparing Myers to Chara is unrealistic, he's not a generational talent to predict that sort of career for.. The asking price was Tatar / Nyquist, Mantha / Larkin and a first.