Not to mention, I'm not sure that giving former players important jobs within the organization is such a good thing. Especially if they haven't proven themselves. I don't care if Maltby is a scout, or Draper is an assistant. But I would be very reluctant to make a former player the GM or Coach or President of the team just because it would be popular with the fans.
Wanna know why?
You're right. You're so right...so many teams have blew it by doing that. But like i was saying, I would bet that Yzerman would have been still more of an Assistant than given the full reigns, even if he were named GM. If Holland would have accepted it, insure he still would have had a lot of say in decisions and not let Yzerman make a ton of rookie mistakes.
Then you obviously know nothing about me you 29 year old fool. You've only been following the wings for 21 years? Pathetic.
Thanks again...im sure you got some more venom for me. I stopped several posts ago. My response to you was only for perspectives sake...because they are very different scenarios, even if the structure is the same.
If Illitch really wanted Yzerman to replace Holland, you don't think he could have done this? Pretty sure a franchise that has helped Russians defect, could force a current GM to step aside. To me, Ilitch was trying to do some damage control when Yzerman left (for the sake of fans like you) by saying "I love Stevie, I did everything I could to get him to stay", when really he was probably thinking "I love Stevie, but Kenny's the best GM in the NHL, so I probably shouldn't force him to give up his job to a rookie GM"
Just my opinion, of course.
I think you're right. Ilitch could have MADE it happen...but i don't think he's that type of guy. And I think, as I said in a previous post, that Holland still would have had significant say in what went on, so it wouldn't exactly be like completely handing Stevie the reigns.
PS...If no one has got the point yet, i didn't use my age as some ultimate stick of authority. Clearly I'm not old or know everything. I said it because i wanted to back up my point that i wasn't judging on "vibes" and that i have a long history of playing and following the game enough to not base a judgement on how feel every 10 minutes.
Holland is and was considered the best GM around by a lot of the media. He's done a lot for the organization. It would be disrespectful to him to make him give up his job just because a former player wanted the spot. As for "the wishes of the owner and the fans." don;t assume your opinion it that of all Red Wings fans. I see all he's done and I'm glad he the man at the Helm.
Dellevano stepped aside for Holland, if I'm not mistaken. Its not unheard of. Also, although I'm sure Yzerman wanted it...Ilitch wanted him to have it. Ilitch wanted Yzerman to stay. And i personally am not heartbroken Yzerman runs the show in TB...Im glad he got to be the guy somewhere. I just believe if Ilitch and the fans would have had their first choice, he would have stayed.
With Hollands quotes about wanting to help the guys out for working so hard, and him showing that he's active today in getting Erik cole, I'm excited for tomorrow.
I hope we do in one way, but I'm terrified that a name we can't stomach see leave will be leaving to make it happen. Edmonton wants blood for Jeff Petry (?!?)...a guy they scratched earlier this year. I think Zidlicky is the only one we could get without mortgaging the future and i personally think thats the guy we should get anyway.