What's most unfortunate about Holland is that he squandered his opportunity to lure in talent with relatively young superstars. He should've begun retooling when we were at the top of our game in 2009-2010. He had opportunities, and a much more attractive roster to lure guys in with. It's hard to blame him for the last few years struggles when you look just at those years, but he could've set himself up with a much more favorable hand if he'd been more aggressive five years ago. The writing was on the wall with the defense then, but nothing was done.
Everything that's happened since is mostly a result of a couple of years of getting caught really flat-footed.
Holland's balls were in a vice because of the cap in 09-10. He lost Hossa, Hudler, and Samuelsson. He wasn't in a position to lure anyone.
He could have traded Filpulla + Franzen for a young blue chip D-man and re-signed Hossa.
I feel bad for anyone who actually believes sports aren't rigged in any country .
Can they predict the exact scores? Obviously not if a goalie comes and makes 58 saves let's say and ruins it nothing they can do but they can try to influence a game to go one way by giving penalties and giving out ridiculous suspensions
Exactly. Everyone knows the outcome if Hedman or Coburn had made that hit instead of Kronwall.
Oh come on Rick. You talk about hockey - you know the game - give us some real thoughts, please.
Real thoughts. It will take either some really bad luck, or an incredible effort from Tampa to end Detroit's season tomorrow. Babcock will have a plan, the structure will be in place and all the heat is on Tampa. 4-2 Wings.