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#2683509 Darren Helm re-signed: 5 years, $3.85m AAV

Posted by lwing on 20 July 2016 - 08:04 AM

I'm facing my own job review this week and I find myself thinking, "Gee this would be so easy if Holland was my boss!" Big raise and long term security for mediocre results. 


Fortunately my boss and I have higher standards.


Unfortunately the Wings standards of individual performance are going to pile up and hurt our future. If only the playoff streak had been broken last year, where would we be now...

#2683252 Darren Helm re-signed: 5 years, $3.85m AAV

Posted by lwing on 15 July 2016 - 09:53 AM

You know when you are at a job interview, they always ask, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" I guess Holland takes care of answering that question for everyone on the team.

#2683251 Tyler Bertuzzi goal.. Savage lol

Posted by lwing on 15 July 2016 - 09:50 AM

Did anyone mention this? Haven't been on in couple days so wasn't sure. Could be slashing but refs choice from what I been reading.


That isn't very European. I do hope he apologized via a handwritten note on delicate hand made paper and sent some chocolate to the poor D man. 

#2681897 Frans Nielson signs 6 year $5.25m AAV contract with Detroit

Posted by lwing on 02 July 2016 - 09:48 AM

People cry and cry here that Holland never signs players...he signs a decent hockey player for a contract that isn't terrible on a day that is famous for the worse deals. People still whine...whats he supposed to do?

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I want to answer this in a very respectful way. What bothers me, and I'm sure others, is the lack of any proactive strategy by Holland. He seems completely incapable of making any bold moves. He is entirely reactive and far too safe by only going for what is available for purchase vs. applying any creativity or risk to making deals with what we have. This is further compounded by his endless excuses and arguments that the decisions he has made were the only decisions possible. Too many of us buy into this and respond, "What else was he supposed to do?" The lack of vision goes beyond Holland to many fans. We have been duped. 


Add to this his completely outdated mindset on treating hungry young skilled players like they need to be on training wheels until they are 26 while sticking with a growing roster of underperforming and overpaid mid level veterans. I think his lack of strategic thinking and planning was illustrated most with Lidstrom. Of course you can never ever ever replace him, but where was the plan to even try and fill that massive gaping hole? The attempt to get Suter? That was it? That was the only card in his hand? A smart GM living in reality would have been developing multiple options for the inevitable retirement of #5 including combinations of draft picks, trades for players, trades of picks, free agents... all cultivated over many years. Or truly pathetic D corp is glaring evidence of KH's lack of not just "genius" but competence.


Let's now add to the mix some contracts and decisions. Weiss (while letting Flip go). Franzen over Hossa. Tootoo for how many years? Bringing back Sammy and Cleary? Erricsson? So many more... Dear God, how can anyone claim even one of those deals was the sign of genius? Oh, just wait and see where Blashill is in a year or two.


As for offense there seems to have been some planning (and luck) for the inevitable loss of Dats and Hank with Larkin, AA, Mantha and a few others, but all too little and too late by keeping most of these kids on GR training wheels so we can do what, extend the streak? You can argue about that, but there is one more thing that screams idiocy to me. What GM calls out a player like Mantha and literally insults him in the press? Even if it is true, how incredibly stupid is that? Thinking ahead, if/when KH would ever consider trading Mantha, I'd be the first GM to pull out those articles/quotes as a bargaining chip.  

#2678119 Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

Posted by lwing on 18 June 2016 - 01:22 PM

From the first game in 2001 you could not keep your eyes off this guy. "Who the heck is this kid and how in the world did they find him?" Every single year he made improvements to his foundation of insanely out of this world skills and creativity. He got stronger, he got better on D, he shot more, he stole more pucks, he developed even more jaw dropping moves, he started actually celebrating goals a little bit more with the rest of us (who were usually jumping and screaming at what we saw), and he took on the role of a leader. Above all he was and is a class act.


I have zero tolerance or respect for those who are angry that he is leaving and feel he somehow "owes" the Wings or you anything. It is his life and like all of ours, you get only one and it is short. He lost his mother at about the same age his daughter is now. Of course I don't know the man, but I think it is easy to figure this out and appreciate the internal struggles he wrestled with. Family is more important than anything. Good for him.

#2674148 The Missed Chances: '03, '04, '06

Posted by lwing on 28 April 2016 - 09:04 AM

2009 was the most disappointing of all the losses and the one I remember the most.  I wouldn't say it was as embarrassing as those other losses, though.


After Crosby snubbing Lidstrom, my #2 painful memory from that game 7 are two awful plays by Brad Stuart - turnover to a goal, penalty to a goal. We were out coached the entire series with Pitt being more adaptable, but it really was ours to win or lose. Had Stuart not played like a ditz in that game, we might have our second 2 cup streak. You will not convince me - Stuart should have committed seppuku after that one. 

#2673333 We all know if you're a Hawks fan your upbringing was questionable

Posted by lwing on 24 April 2016 - 09:18 AM

Well it is only a sample size of 1 fan, but heck, I'll take it as proof positive of Hawks fan rudeness! :-)


I see this selfish crap all the time from all kinds of people in NYC, Philly and DC. Once saw an able bodied male refuse to pick up his bag so a very old man, 70-80s easily!, could sit down. I repeat, his bag had it's own seat!!! A few of us passengers gave him sh%t and told the conductor (commuter train) who made the loser move it (not to mention a sign to move your bag right in front of the jerk). Honest, there are times I wish it was legal to call someone out for a good old fashion fist fight.

#2672894 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by lwing on 22 April 2016 - 05:01 AM

Well, the offseason is here again, sadly. 

Yea, but...


Who else in sports can say they have a 25 year playoff streak?

We have a great young team that almost won many of the games they lost!

In this playoff series were tied in the third period every game!

We need more time for our young players to develop!

The refs suck and have it in for Detroit!

Holland hands are tied by the cap!


..ok, I can't do it, but I'm sure others can do just fine in coming up with all the weak head-in-the-sand homer excuses.

#2672892 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by lwing on 22 April 2016 - 04:53 AM

Because he says stupid meaningless stuff like this after every game (including the last):

“I thought our guys played really well, we just couldn’t find a way to find the back of the net, obviously,” Blashill said. “You can say whatever you want, but in all four losses, it was tied in third period. The power play wasn’t good enough. When you put yourselves in position to win hockey games, you gotta win them.”


Because he was hired because of his reputation with our young talent, but then he wasted a year not developing our young talent, killing our old talent by depending on them for everything, failing to improve and make accountable our medium age talent, and didn't benching those without talent.


Because he works for Kenny Holland, the most over hyped "genius" in any sport.


Because we will waste another year with him before realizing he is not the guy to lead this team.

#2671912 Mantha

Posted by lwing on 20 April 2016 - 02:35 PM

So if you are the average NHL owner, are you asking your coach to give your team the best chance to win these playoff games? Or are you asking him to develop young guys without concern over the results?

At this level, I think you ask them to do both. However, you have to have this commitment all season long and I don't think I am alone in thinking the primary goal here was to make the playoffs no matter what and no matter what our outlook would be in actually winning something once we were in. The drive was a fear of losing, not a desire to win. Now it is simply too late. I listened to Blashill's reasoning about Mantha, and as someone who works with stats (and saw Moneyball :-) ) was not impressed. I really wish someone asked the other question - why keep playing some of the guys who aren't succeeding? If pressed I'm almost certain Blashill would say the reason the PP is not succeeding is due to a lack of PP goals! Now there's a correlation for ya!

#2667010 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by lwing on 11 April 2016 - 07:38 AM

I wish Pavel the best and he doesn't owe anyone a thing.


Besides, with Holland so expertly carefully planning for his (and Z's) eventual retirement (just as had with Lidtstrom), the Wings are in extremely competent hands with a strong core of proven veterans who show up every single day to play and, gosh darn it, they pay to win! But there is more. They also are doing double duty in working with coaching to entrust a strong group of youngsters to take the reins. Just think how lucky we are are! Holland could have easily ignored reality, rewarded poor performing veterans, made high stake losing gambles on free agency, lacked the guts to trade away dead weight, and delayed the development of our young players, all in the name of clinging to useless playoff streak!

#2614120 The return of The Mule?

Posted by lwing on 12 June 2015 - 12:05 PM

The first thing I'll do is question where the doctors went to medical school and did their residency. :)

Thank you. No team physician can rule out the long term risks here. Not sure what a "shroud of caring is" since I think most fans are genuinely concerned for his long term health, even if we arent all personal friends of Mule or anyone else. It's called being a halfway decent human being, even online. 

#2605140 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by lwing on 30 April 2015 - 05:14 PM

At what point? In Detroit the point will far exceed any other standard of failure. For example I believe many Detroiters are only now acknowledging a problem with employment in the auto industry. Others are noticing that there may be an issue with vacant buildings. Who knows. Some time in 2034 Detroiters might acknowledge that casinos won't save the city!

#2595175 Post-GDT ECQF Game 1: Red Wings 3, Lightning 2 (DET leads, 1-0)

Posted by lwing on 17 April 2015 - 06:18 AM

"It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game"


Yea, yea, that old line is supposed to be about sportsmanship, but maybe it can apply to hustle too. That was the most frustrating win I ever saw. A few players really showed up, but there is nothing to be proud of here as a team and if something doesn't change summer will be here very soon and Babcock will tell himself he can easily find a more willing team to coach. 


#2592931 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by lwing on 13 April 2015 - 01:03 PM

I'll leave the analysis to everyone else - me I'm just glad to see a little accountability here. Nobody on this team should see their job as a given, no matter what their age or salary. Way overdue.