Based on his s***ty season, lack of improvement and high salary?
You mean based on 60% of a season? And 900,000 isn't that high comparatively speaking.
Detroit didn't have "a little bit of time". If they weren't up against the cap Leino would have stayed.
There are always options. Despite a rough season, Holland shouldn't have turned his sights right to one of our most valuable prospects.
How much was he making?
900,000. Okay....? You do know Kris Draper makes more than that and Kirk Maltby just made a tad less that season.
13 games doesn't make a career.
Oh okay, but 60% of a rookie season does.
Brett Lebda is a defenseman. Not much of a point in getting rid of a defenseman for a forward to replace when you still have to put a defenseman in the lineup anyway.
We have a log jam of defensemen. One (whether it be Lebda or Meech) could have easily been moved. And even if we didn't move a defenseman. Why not get rid of guys we know won't be coming back next year? Maltby? Williams? I would have been fine with either one over Leino who at WORST was a question mark.
Everybody gets that people make mistakes. Getting pissed off at management for THIS MISTAKE, when Leino BARELY DID ANYTHING WITH THE RED WINGS, is so stupid and pointless.
How hard is it to spell out for some of you? It can't be described any more clearly for y'all. You want me to write it out in crayon with some drawings?
And once again, my point is that you (and Holland) are basing that off of only half a season's worth of performance. Did you already forget his amazing run with the Wings in 08-09 when he had 9 points in 13 games? Also, by your logic, we should have gotten rid of Franzen (16 points in first 80 games) in the middle of his first season as well. Or would you find a reason for Holland to have been justified then too?
I know I'm in the minority here but I really feel that number is way too high and will prove to be VERY costly when we try to make additions to the team in the off-season. It's alright, I'll just be able to once again say "I told you so" when the board starts flipping out over the lower than expected stats Lids will have next season.
Come on Lids.....you've essentially been making 7+ mil every season for the last 10 years. You couldn't take one for the team just this once?
Someone please explain to me HOW Bertuzzi can be considered one of our best players this series. Cuz I don't get it. Constant turnovers, inability to control the puck in the offensive zone, skating as slow as a peewee... Tell me how he's been good?
I don't know....how about the fact that he's tied for 4th in points in the playoffs and is a +4. All for a mere 1.5 mil. What the hell are you complaining about?