Im almost 100% positive he's aware how fast he lost 3/4 d men, and you're not giving him his due.
id take Ericsson over Stuart any day.
I'd take dd now over the last two years of rafalski.
He filled from within, which would've gotten praise had he landed an elite defender, unfortunately he couldnt pull it off.
And that's not being negative, its realistic.
Prospects don't always turn out like you thought, but I kind of believe those players have already played the way off the team, they went bad instead of turning overripe.
And Holland signed players.for depth. It sucks those depth players were bert, and Cleary and it was unfortunate that nyq had to sit out to start, but we needed the the veteran presence whenever we could get it last year.
The only one I really full heartedly.didn't like was Sammy.
The scouts advise him. If you think Holland makes every decision on his own, you are sorely mistaken. He relies on the scouts and trusts them, and he pick players off the list they come up with together.
Ken holland controls which broken down old players he keeps. He decides which 35+ players to keep repeatedly bringing back. He decides to sign old aging, injury prone players to take spots away from kids.
He signed them so he could ease those kids into the spots without overwhelming them..
Ken Hollands the reason we have those kids in the first place.
And I'm "another sort of fool," because i don't believe Holland's the biggest reason for the decline?
Ken Holland is not a magical creature.
He can not heal injuries with a wave of a wand,
nor magic dust, which he does have,
But he sprinkles that on the countless interns and assistants that end up becoming head coaches and gms.
Ken Holland is not father time.
He can not stop the aging process of some, nor can He can speed up the maturing process of others.
I dont necessarily disagree with your points, just the conclusion youre coming to.
Five years ago our core players were in the midst of the prime of the careers, and we had arguably the best defenseman ofall time on the back end..
Realistically, noone would be able to replace half of what Lidstrom did night in and out, and anyone that would come close would eat up HUGE chunk of our cap space.
It'd be nice to have brought in Big names sure, but we've been successful for so long and brought in so Many outside guys it depleted the farm team, which in the parity days IS A NECESSITY to stand a chance of having any kind of sustainable success..
Yeah kh had made a few absolutely abysmal choices, but he's a huge part of the reason we have a team that can basically roll our ahl team onto the ice and still be competitive, all while were stocking talent.
So were not THE destination for free agents anymore.
Free agency isnt what it once was because of the cap, why not take the extra year and millions of dollars to stay in a comfortable place.
don't get me wrong.
I Really, really, really want z to win a cup as captain, and datsyuk deserves at least a few more.
but there's still going to be a salary cap when they're gone, we need to keep the kids rolling through so were not handcuffed like Pittsburgh is with Crosby and malkin.
Or like chicago could be if the reports on Kane and toews are true.
And when z retires, weve got danny Dekeyser, Gustav nyquist, Tatar....there will be plenty of options to be C, not even mentioning the talent coming up.
At some point reasons need to stop being referred to as excuses by those who don't understand the explanation.
And for all your disheveled statements about holland preparing for datsyuk and z, youre telling him to go out and build a bridge when weve got half a room full of kids who build dams.
That wasn't directed at you. ET and #9 were piggy-backing off that to complain (oh the irony) about people that complain about Franzen...
Not to create waves, but That's because in almost every thread there is recent and recurring talk about him.
There's a saying about a dead horse that applies, but I'm horrible at metaphors.
And I just looked up the video of jiri Fischer and Hartnell.
I forgot how physical jiri was.
It sucks the way his career ended.
I also had forgotten Hartnell played for Nashville for some reason.
I get he's a leader and a heart and soul guy, but this is a ridiculous overpayment.
$2m less would've still been overpaying him, and the length of the deal seems insane....
He's too small for the game he plays.
IMO of course.