I think you're trying to divine a philosophy to fit what happened, as if it's all just part of the master plan.
I'd say the reality is far, far simpler. You can't always get what you want. And despite Jagger's claims to the contrary, trying won't necessarily get you what you need either. Given a mulligan for the last couple years, Kenny would likely take a different approach.
The better defense, in my opinion, is, "So what?". He made some decisions, passed on some options hoping for better, but it didn't work out. So what? There's nothing particularly bad about maybe not being one of the top contenders for a few years. Much of his job relies on making educated guesses about the future. Sometimes, the guesses will be wrong, or someone else will guess right quicker. So what? It isn't Holland's philosophy that put us in the spot we are now. It's that the rest of the league isn't required to follow it.
Some of his critics want to say they still support him: 'not saying he sucks, just that he could do better'... And they've been saying it at every opportunity for the past month and a half. I think if that's really all they wanted to say, they'd be satisfied at having said it innumerable times already, but whatever. There may be a big difference between "sucks" and "could have done better", but there's also a big difference between "could have" and "should have".
Sure but you can't deny Holland operates in a different way then most other GM's. Holland is an extreme on the spectrum. Plays extremely close to the vest, conservative, long-term game. On the other end of the spectrum you have Holmgren. Plays balls to the wall, high-risk high-reward, blow up the team to get that cup now game. Everyone else falls somewhere in between.
Sure Holland chased Nash, and Suter, and blah blah blah.....price wasnt right though and so he didnt pull triggers on things. Thats him. He's not the kind of guy who gives up Zetterberg for *insert Dman here*.....Holmgren is that guy. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter is all I gotta say.
So yes this off season is due to his decisions....bad or good....but those decisions were made by him and his philosophy of hockey business
Im usually about giving every player a chance....especially wings draft picks.....but every eye for hockey I have says this kid has nothing....I'm used to be an upper for the wings! but I honestly have no faith in this kid! he'll be gone soon!
I don't believe any of the rumors that the wings are interested in him. He's lazy, left handed, and overpriced.....Everything about him screams NOOO. I'd be be truly amazed if the wings were at all interested. We never go for guys like that OR contracts like that. The only thing JBO is good at is staying healthy.....which is easy to do when you skate at 50% every night....
All while playing against lesser competition because some guy named Lidstrom was playing against other teams' best. Let's see what he can do when he is THE #1 guy and there aren't any hall of famers in front of him. He is good. Not great. Not a #1, not on a good defensive team. That's the point Axe was making and I agree.
yup kronners never played against top competition ever! not sure he even knos who crosby is! as always cougar ur spot on!
All I'm saying is that if YOU'RE going to be sarcastic with YOUR posts, at least do it the right way! We can't have people acting like know-it-alls around here when they can't even use the language properly. Kronwall hasn't played against the best for 22 minutes a night yet. He will get a good test this year, and we'll see if he can keep up. I think it will be an eye opener for a lot of people as to how much Lidstrom meant to our defensive corps.
realy? lindstrom ment uhlot too hour defence? eye donht thinc anywon arouwnd hear new dat...tanks four opaning hour i's 2 dat
Kronwall has been a #1 D-man capable for years now, he's just been stuck behind Lids....who's one of the best to ever live....And no other team has a Lids either so were even I guess....Our D is weak right now, but not because Kronners can't handle the #1 spot....that be should obvious to anyone who watches the wings....
just to compare some of our picks over the past few drafts to Kane.
1. Vasilevski (taken by Tampa with our 1st)
1. Puempel (taken by Ottawa with our 1st)
2. Jurco or Ouellet or Sproul (we had three 2nd round picks)
1. Ashton (taken by Tampa with our 1st)
2. Tatar or Ferraro (we had two 2nd round picks)
3. Nestrasil or Fournier (we had two 3rd round picks)
2. Delmas (taken by Colorado with our 2nd)
2. Spaling (taken by Nashville with our 2nd)
Theres really only 3 bad picks in there IMO. Aubry, McCollum, and Delmas, and Delmas was picked by COL with our pick. The only draft year I would have given up our first 3 picks for an overpaid Kane on what would most likely be a super long contract would have been 2008. And we had the last pick of the draft that year so we were in the crappiest position to draft well that year.
This is supposed to be a very strong draft class coming up and we will probably have a higher pick than we are used to. So I think it would be a very bad idea to overpay an RFA and seriously jeopardize our future. In a parity league championships are built on homegrown talent on good contracts.