Today I got to listen to a lot of Red Wings talk on Vancouver's team 1040
Doug McLean talked about his time in Detroit as assistant GM to Brian Murray. He said it was an amazing organization to be a part of. He said his first day on the job was the day after Fedorov defected. Amazing times for sure.
But he said two things of significance relevant to the way Holland does business.
McLean and Murray were called down to the Fox theater to see Mike Illitch. The security guard said to them, " you're going up to the 10th floor to see Mr. Ilitch. If you come back down, you will be a changed person for the rest of your life."
McLean said that he and Murray we're about to trade Jimmy Carson for Paul Coffey and Ilitch really grilled them about it. Illitch loved Carson and did not want to see him go.
The second thing he said was that Illitch fired Murray on a Friday afternoon, and Murray came out and told McLean he was fired also.
Monday morning 8 AM Illitch called McLean and said you were fired Friday afternoon. And McLean said yeah I know. Ilitch said you still have one year left on your deal. If you don't get another job by then, I'll give you another job.
Illitch is the problem. He treats these guys like family and hates to see any of them go!
My favorite part of this post. "IF you come back down you'll be changed...". Is there something going on I don't know about? Do people frequently NOT come back down? Returning from your meeting with the boss, changed or unchanged, shouldn't be something that's up in the air ya know?
Moving a little fast aren't you there soldier? Why don't you start off telling me about the mustards and cheeses...but sultry like. "Oh Yeah, this is an aged gruyere smoked to perfection with hickory and sage, topped off with a spoonful of Inglehoffer stone ground...you like that don't you bad boy?"
Glad to see Tatar get a goal. He's been our best forward for two or three games, and he finally got rewarded. I legitimately think he'll keep getting better at the NHL level. Not like Martin St. Louis good, but definitely Danny Briere good. He's such a tenacious little dude, I love it.