Again, this is the result of too few resources resulting from too many second- & third-tier players being overpaid for extended terms. Only a couple years left before we get Franzen’s cap hit to work with, but that is a couple more years. Then it will be Z’s deal eventually still hanging out there. At least that will have been justified by his contributions.
That in addition to trading away some of our young talent just to bring in veteran help so we could put off the word “rebuild” longer. Just poor vision at the helm of the team. Sacrificing long-term for the immediate. That is acceptable if it allows you to legitimately compete at the Conference level. If not, you don’t give away the store. The lesson that all teams and fans should learn from the Red Wings of the last 7 years is that you don’t sell the store just so you can try to claim/obtain mediocrity. Young talent is just too darn valuable to sacrifice for so little in return.
That the front office has chosen “status quo” as they’re moving forward with regard to leadership tells you everything you need to know about their reasonable chance for any significant contention in the next 5 years. If it is there at all, it will be WAY closer to or beyond the 5 year mark than it is to now. Even in the best possible scenario.
At least we had a quarter century of excellence so we have our memories. I guess that is what Holland seems to think.
I could live with preaching patience if a new regime were in place. Holland seems to be flailing along livingon past glories. The Illich kids grew up on his knee apparently, it must be like asking someone to fire a favorite Uncle. Holland needs to simply retire and let someone with a fresh approach take a stab.
Uh, yeah. They don’t seem to remember how to fire people. With few exceptions, their repeated mistake has been over-rewarding loyalty and hoping that doing the same that they have been doing will once again lead to legitimate competition, all the while redefining what “legitimate competition” means until it means just making the playoffs, when more than half of the NHL does that.
And now, they extend Holland and Blashill. “Everything is fine!” “Fine” now = we’ll be out of the bottom 10 in a few years once Larkin turns into Zetterberg and Mantha scores like Federov.
Sometimes I wonder if they just don’t know how to run a team without having Nick Lidstrom on the blue line. He covered up and minimized the damage of a whole lot of mistakes. Once he left, consequences for bad decisions normalized again.
My biggest problem with the Wings in a nut shell is we were absolutely loaded with front office people who now run other teams or leagues. Shanny runs the Leafs along with Babs, Nill aggressively runs the Stars, Yzerman may be the best GM in the game, Peters coaches Calgary and is highly thought of. Larionov is a highly thought of agent in the KHL where Fetisov is president of fabled CSKA Moscow team and is so revered in Russia that a Russian astronomer named a discovered asteroid after him. Gerard Gallant and his long time ties to the Wings could have been brought in last year instead he led upstart Vegas to the cup finals. We literally still have a dead guy listed as owner for tax reasons while his son Christopher Illich is rumored to be looking to sell.
There are probably a few that I missed but you get the point.
Holland is past his prime, Blashill is not the answer.
Our assistants and front office personnel are second rate as well. John torchetti seems to be there just in case Blash is let go midseason so we have someone in the organization to step in on an interm level. Instead of Nill or Yzerman or Shanny as the assistant GM or as the replacement to Holland we have Ryan Martin as the organizaitons number two guy. Know who he is? Yeah me either.
We are trusting second rate talent to make decisions on our second rate talent all the while throughout the league and indeed throughout the World former Wings players and brain trust are in positions of power and authority with other teams and doing well.