Blashill named him in October -- he took Datsyuk's place. It was apparently him or Larkin.
I share your opinion of him, blasted Holland for resigning him in the first place, and am utterly unsurprised to see that he pissed away a great comeback last night with his typical bonehead shennanigans.
I think he both sucks and is an idiot. Yet there is a portion of the fanbase who truly believe he is good and deserving of both his contract and the "A".
I assume said portion of the fanbase to be the typical Big Ten meathead, lifelong-Lions-fan cohort.
who once(!) scored 20 goals as a passenger and thought it made him a star.
His stupidity could be excused, however. The team's stupidity cannot be.
It's not his fault our brain trust offered him the contract. Kudos to him for not being so stupid as to not take it.
We all know that Holland has turned in a shit-heel performance since the salary cap kicked in, but I think a bigger problem was Bowman jumping ship to the Blackhawks. I'm convinced he's still pulling all of the strings over there and his son is just along for the ride.
Are you claiming Bowman, while running the Hawks, is still involved with Detroit and is having the RW make bad moves on purpose?
Holland's bumbling around on his own.
He's claiming that Stan's role with the Hawks is not as big and it's still Scotty calling the shots.
From summer 2005 to Bowman's departure in July 2008, "Holland" actually made several good moves:
--we bought out the right guys in Hatcher (done), Whitney (never a fit), and McCarty (was back on the sauce);
--plucked Franzen out of obscurity and made him a star;
--we brought Osgood back -- that proved wise;
--signed Sammuelsson, the kind of savvy move we used to make;
--let Shanahan walk after 2006 (a good cap-management move, though Shanny had another couple good years in him);
--let Bert and Schneider walk and used the money to nab Rafalski;
--brought back Hasek and a soberish McCarty back on discounts;
--traded for Stuart.
--in the last days before Bowman left, signed Hossa.
You can't find a similar record of good moves since then.
If he can play under control with that speed, he looks like he could be dangerous.
Reminds me of Hinostroza for the Hawks - earlier this year he was just fast, now he's picking his spots and playing more under control and is becoming a key contributor.
and a perpetual resident in Blashill's doghouse.
It is somewhat clear that Blashill's mandate is to play the guys who make the most money at the top of the lineup. Holland is willing to see the team sink or swim on his "man's league" philosophy. Alternatively, players who are senior and have expensive contracts are being given every opportunity to rebuild value in the desperate hope that Vegas takes one of our many albatross contracts off our hands.