Those are not the winning powerball numbers. Not even close.
...but you know, to keep it topical and everything:
Where will Kindl slot in on the Griffs powerplay units?
Also, unsure if mentioned: One thing to keep in mind is that Kindl clearing waivers could possibly make it EASIER to trade him now on a retained salary deal. New team could place him directly in the AHL which would give them either time to make any moves they want to do in regards to Kindl. ...but I think one of the other problems teams may be running into is their availability of a roster spot in general. More and more we're seeing teams developing their own draft picks and by having to move them around it can mess with their own prospects development. Either way, just something else to chew on while you grind your teeth about how Kindl is still part of the Red Wings organization.
Great post. I dont want Holland to be making trades just for the sake of it. I just want him to address the team's needs, which you perfectly pointed out. He fails to do that or does it extremely poorly on a consistent basis. We need a 1A defensemen. He signs a 3B in Zidlicky one year, and a 2B in Green the next. We need a first line goal scoring winger. He signs a 3rd line all around winger who's a china doll one year, and a third line passing center the next. Ken Holland doesnt need to go trade crazy. He just needs to learn how to do his fricking job.
...but if the needs can't be addressed because a good trade isn't there to be made, or it's to the detriment to the team, for example trading Mantha or Larkin, the future of our first line... he should just go ahead and do it anyway, you know, to address current needs.
Meanwhile, he shouldn't try and see if a guy like Zidlicky -- who arguably didn't cost us much -- can give us a boost for the playoffs... or if he doesn't land the huge free agent during the overpayment period known as free-agent frenzy, he shouldn't go ahead and sign a FA right handed puck moving defenseman that, you know, fits our needs to a reasonable contract, because you don't think they're good enough. They're just not 1A guys?
I know you're relatively new around here Bill, and you say you're a fan, but I'm not so sure you're clear on how it works... so let me explain it. Holland can't just trade the bits, nobs, and spare parts we having lying about, like Kindl, Helm, Ericsson, etc. and *VOILA* have three superstars on each of the top two lines or a top flight first pairing defenseman. It takes two to tango. You only get what you give and it works both ways.
Meanwhile, you're going to pile on and criticize a GM solely because he can't trade for a top pairing defenseman? How many other GMs in the league haven't been able to trade for a top pairing defensemen? How often, but especially right around the trade deadline, do we hear about teams that want to upgrade the defense and/or need a top flight, right handed puck moving defenseman.
Gain some clarity, perspective, and a grasp on reality my friend. Then look at what he's done for this franchise while others have come and gone around the league or are mired in mediocrity. Then go ahead, tell him to learn how to do his job.
Oh, and sure, you're allowed to your opinion on how Ken Holland does his job... ... but it's laughable. HA. HA. HA.
Also, I don't think the rest of the league thinks Howard is as bad as wings fans think; I could be wrong though I guess.
Nope. That's right on point.
For reference, fans thought Chris Osgood sucked. Then he helped drag the Islanders and the Blues into the playoffs. Anyone that thinks Howard couldn't do something similar is crazy.
Personally I'm glad GMs aren't listening to fans because we all have different opinions on what should have been done and now. But we aren't the ones knowing all the ins and outs of the job nor is our job on the line if we mess up.
that being said I'm still amazed how much KH has changed his approach , as Wings we received the players we wanted back in the good old days but now it seems like Holland is afraid of blockbusters and for whatever reason ignoring the need for more size and gritty type of game from the bottom 6, third pairing
The "change in approach" has everything to do with the cap and the way that He can spend Ilitch's money. Don't get it twisted Frank, Ken Holland has NEVER made a blockbuster trade.
...but thumbs up to the first half of your post. All my "KH doesn't listen to us" is most certainly tongue in cheek silliness.