To be honest, I'm a little torn. I really think Holland needs to step up and move Kindl now. This would allow Ouellet to play in Detroit, and create space down in GR for Backman and others to play on a more consistent basis.
On the other hand, is Backman going to complain every time he doesn't get the playing time he thinks he deserves? Is he going to threaten to bolt back to Sweden in 2-3 years if he's not getting regular time in Detroit?
“I play almost four years in Swedish league and played on national teams, so it’s kind of weird you don’t play here," Backman said. "In my opinion, the Swedish league is much better than here. But it’s like different hockey, so it’s hard to compare. You have to get used to the smaller rinks.”
To me, this quote screams a sense of entitlement. At the end of the day, I do think the onus is on Kenny to free up some room for both Ouellet and Backman. I think it's fair to be concerned about Backman's tone, though.
For me, it all depends on how he's been playing. If he's been playing well (Some struggles from the different ice size can be forgiven) then he should be in the lineup and the Wings could be at fault for signing too many AHL extras.
7 games is a lot of games to be scratched for a high prospect in the AHL. It's not like he's complaining about not being in Detroit.
Then again, all complaints like this should be taken to someone within the organization rather than the media.
P.S. Agree: move Kindl, promote Ouellet, then Backman gets time in GR. If we do upgrade the D by adding another Dman, Backman is in the same position.
I'd be including one or two of our bottom three regulars - Quincey, Smith, Kindl - in the package. We'd still have a need for a righty, but we wouldn't necessarily need that righty to be a real stud.
Again, though, Green is probably preferable.
Saw this blog that suggests we could possibly get Green for a 2nd round pick. Do you think that's realistic? Cause I think we should do that deal if it is. He's a rental at this point, but I could see him resigning. No lost roster players. We could then flip Kindl for a lower pick.