How do you know he didn't pursue other options before trade deadline or even before that? Remember, Holland didn't have a lot of cap room (or trade bait) to appeal a good trade.
Who could he have went after? What could he give up that DRWs could afford to lose? How much cap space did he have to work with before last year?
It's not like he had a lot of options when DRWs were up against the cap before last year, and last year there was no good FA. At deadline there was no good Dman available.
At least try to be realistic.
His job is to DO not to TRY. You know you have a cush job when all you gotta do is "try" and its okay.
I dont think Illitch is a TRY type of owner. Holland earned his mulligans but I think hes getting close to or fresh out of them after the last few years of non results.
I am a business owner and if I was in a sector that was as fast moving and cut throat as hockey was, Holland would have one last chance at this point. Otherwise hes costing you money at the risk of no return.
I had to let go our shop foreman for this very reason, he got way to comfortable in his job and finally took advatange of our good graces one too many times. Holland is on borrowed time unless he makes a monster deal to shore up our team.
Say what you will about Holland's job the past couple years, but you can't fault him for what happened with Parise and Suter. He did just about everything he could to land Suter here.
Nope cant fault him for Suter and Parise (Detroit doesnt have farmland to drive a tractor around on), I can fault him for not having a good go to plan. He rode out Nicky till he left and now hes in a situation that could actually cost him his job.
When it gets down to brass tacks, he makes some type of huge trade to get our team to where it needs to be or hes out. If Im Illitch thats the only out I give you. Then its Jim Nills turns until we can pick up Stevie if that ever happens or ever turns into a good idea.
I know they probably cannot do it but Caesars Palace would be fitting.
Gordie Howe Pavillion
Red Wings Center
Motor City Arena
JLA Memorial Auditorium
The Horn and absolutely without a doubt, the boards better make it over. I laugh everytime a national broadcaster or rival teams announcer comments about the "lively boards". They are the most important thing about the JLA in my opinion.
You look at his performance in 2010-11 and compare it to 2011-12 when he made it verbally known that he wanted to leave.
The performance was night and day. He made Ericcson look like Nicky in comparison. He skated away from the puck, made little effort to maintain puck possesion and although everyone looked crappola in the Playoffs this year, he was one of the worst out there.
I dont understand the love fest for him when it was obvious he had zero intention of playing hard last season.
stats are games played, goals, assists, points, PIM, +/-
He played less the year prior and had almost the same numbers, I dont look at plus minus because that is a team stat. He wasnt helping as much and definitely wasnt manning up on guys like he did in the previous year.
Hes the last of the old guard although I expect a slightly less intelligible presser than Nicks in the next few days.
Just think, it could be a new precedent for Wings Captains. We can start with Homer for a year, then on to Pavs after that.
Captains that no one can understand!!!
Seriously though its sad to see Nick go and I hope that a Wings lifer is picked. Z or Kronner are looking like the two front runners and personally, Id rather see Kron as Captain.
I see Kron as a guy that goes out every shift and makes a difference. Z is a superstar but I just dont see his impact on the ice as important as the two Nicks were and now one Nick every night and every shift..
So if Homer doesnt get it or retires I hope to see Kron with the C next season.
I guess the "GET THE RED OUT" campaign had nothing to do with Detroit and everything to do with getting out of the negative...
I also hope that the liberals out there that think that taking money from the rich and "spreading the wealth" is a good thing, think of that in the hockey sense. All it does is penalize the successful to reward the less than .... Why should the Red Wings support the Preds, Stars, Coyotes, Columbus ect.
All it does is make a successful organization worse by subsidizing a rival team. Its no different than a phone company having to provide infrastructure to competitors at a loss (see SBC having to rent physical phone lines to Sprint and many others at an operating loss in order to make them competitive).
In the end it doesnt make for better hockey. It makes for closer hockey.
The bad thing is that the closer hockey is all mediocre because the best that is available in this type of system is spread out to 30 teams,
Parity looks to make the league average and they are doing a wonderful job at it.
Anyone that thinks Brad Stuart (I wont grace him with a nickname) deserves anything more than a D is blind or high on drugs.
I may sound like a tin-foiler but I seriously think he was trying to throw games. I also expect a negative 5 or more.
He played like Ericcson did last year only we know how he usually plays. We also know that hes in the pocket of SJ right now and wouldnt surprise me if a juicier contract would be offered if we lost here and there. He skated away from pucks, let forwards skate past him without challenging them and flat out played at 50%.
Unless he has a broken foo,t he was sandbagging and/or throwing games.