What Detroit ought to do
by captaineclectic (2017-06-23 07:26:26)
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Ken Holland's options are not great entering draft weekend. George McPhee refused to help Ken with his cap problems and now things are looking dire. Detroit needs a top line center, a 30-goal scorer on the wing, and probably two defensemen capable of carrying play for 20+ minutes a night, and has no money with which to obtain any of these things because Holland decided to spend $10M on two bad goalies and $22M on two-way centers who don't score goals.


[Ken Holland]

Some in the Red Wings fan communities say the best action is inaction -- just wait for the paint to dry. Draft in the top five for a couple years. The bad deals will eventually roll off. Mike Green will fetch a pretty penny at the deadline. Etc. However wise this approach may be, Holland has already publicly said he will not take it. He is smarter than conventional wisdom and will turn this collection of grinders into a Cup winner because otherwise he'd have to learn from his mistakes, which requires the predicate admission that they were mistakes.


[Also Ken Holland]

If that's the course he'd like to follow, I suggest he must follow it boldly. Tyler Dellow has suggested Detroit take advantage of the low value of the mid-first-round picks this year and package lower-end roster players and mid-round picks to move up in the draft this year -- one of our seconds and, say, Riley Sheahan for the #15 pick, etc. Load up on guys who'll develop in the next 2-3 years and try a shortcut. That'd work.

Others have suggested using those picks to drop the ballast off the roster -- Helm and a 3rd to Vegas for a cheaper player, Mrazek and a 2nd to Winnipeg for a defensive prospect -- and then pursue Shattenkirk or someone like him in free agency. You won't hit every box in one year, but you can fill one or two of the glaring needs and hope to be more competitive right away. That'd work.

The worst thing -- absolute worst -- would be to just tinker at the margins, sign cheap veterans to fill the present roster gaps, keep all the expensive players, and just hope the situation improves.


Put Ken Holland out to pasture
by KevinG  (2017-06-23 14:00:12)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

His time has passed, as his assistants (and perhaps real brain trust) have moved on.


Agreed. He's just driving the Wings deeper into the hole.
by PeteatND  (2017-06-25 13:45:59)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

The last solid move he made for this franchise was more than half a decade ago, at least.


Counting on other GMs to be dumber than you - good luck *
by SixShutouts66  (2017-06-23 22:19:18)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


You got it. *
by OCND  (2017-06-23 15:27:15)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Shocking no one, Detroit takes overrated fraud Rasmussen
by captaineclectic  (2017-06-23 22:06:05)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Jumping Jehoshaphat.

Forget "put out to pasture." Holland needs to make like my parents' old cats and "go to live on a farm up North."


In a mediocre draft it was actually tough...
by BIGSKYND  (2017-06-25 11:45:11)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

to get it wrong. But this pick smells like that...


For some reason he still thinks they can win.
by Leeroy_Jenkins  (2017-06-24 13:23:50)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I'd sign and trade Tatar and move Nyquist as well. Those contracts will be up by the time Detroit has a shot again. I've never understood signing guys like Helm and Abdelkader long term. Both of those guys should be replaced with young cheap players, but for some reason Holland likes to sign mediocre guys to long term contracts. Now there are no roster spots for prospects and no money to sign anyone of significance. We don't even have the room to sign 1-2 year rentals we can move for a pick at the deadline.


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