I don't think that's the case at all. I believe what we are witnessing is just how much of an impact player a prime Lidstrom was. We all knew he was good, amazing, one of the best ever. But, he seems to be what made the '00s Red Wings teams into contenders. Every D man that was his partner had career years. I daresay that, even with all the accolades, he may well have been underrated.
I think it's both. Lidstrom was the engine that drove this team, and our GM has always secretly (or not so secretly) been dumb as s***.
Everything Ken Holland says is bulls***. All of his s*** about there isn't a hockey store, and you need a dance partner, and this is how you have to do it in the cap era - it's all bulls***. He takes us for idiots. Every single one of us. And he takes our money. And he wastes a lot of our time. I have an extraordinarily hard time believing there aren't other people who couldn't do an infinitely better job. The one thing to his credit - our stable of young talent - isn't even his doing. We have great scouts and a great player development track and lots of great people in the organization. S***, give Fischer the job. Give Ryan Martin the job. Give Draper the job. Give Babcock the job. Put Holland in charge of human resources or public relations. Or maybe he can be a trainer and massage Dan Cleary's knees all day, every day.
And Helene and Khan and Pleiness and all you other know-nothing hackjobs...go to hell. Especially Helene. That you have a paying job while people are starving and dying on the streets makes me want to punch you in the face with a monster truck.
#RedWings offered D Matt Niskanen 7 years, $38.5 M but were told before free agency began Detroit not a destination for him.
Then make him want to come here. Or find someone else. Or, if you can't find someone else, find a forward. Or swing a trade. Do something that makes your team better. You have 365 days of the year, every year, to figure something out.
Anyone can sit on his hands and do nothing. A dead person could do that. A pet rock could do that.
The Red Wings' most pressing need going into free agency was a top-4 defenseman, and the organization was intent on finding a right-handed shooting defenseman at that. Kevin Porter fills exactly zero of those needs. But at least he shoots left! And is a center! And went to the University of Michigan!
Porter will likely spend the season in Grand Rapids with a potential call-up in the event of injury. Depending on how the Red Wings plan to use Porter, this may not turn out to be a terrible signing per se. The timing of it, however, signals troubling issues on management's game plan for July 1. Kevin Porter is not a July 1 signing. There are Kevin Porter-type players to be had much later into free agency, even right up against the start of the season if need be. Just as Petr Mrazek didn't need to be extended the first day he could be, there's no reason Kevin Porter needed to be sought after and signed by today.
I want to sign an enforcer to protect our team from Ken Holland.
The only really positive takeaway here is that we still do have a very promising stable of quality young players, and, should they pan out in a big way, we haven't done anything to endanger our ability to keep them. Or something. I don't know. Shut up.
Yea at this point let's pack it in and try again next year. Nothing we do now is going to drastically improve our team unless we are talking a Shea Weber. Get a cheap one year filler and hope next off season has greener pastures.
TBH, this year's pastures are about as green as it's going to get, in terms of UFA options. And Kenny got no one new. Absolutely no one.