USA Today’s Kevin Allen also weighed in on the first day of free agency:
Update: CBS Detroit’s Will Burtchfield took note of some of Holland’s remarks:
“I’m gonna do what I believe is right in the rebuild of a franchise. I’m not gonna cut corners,” Holland said. “I think it’s important to have blockers, these veteran guys. I think it’s important to try to have your young players get opportunity and play with veteran players, but at the same time they gotta be challenged and they gotta compete on an everyday basis. I don’t believe in entitlement, and I think if we entitle our young players they’re not gonna fully develop.”
It all goes back to maintaining the competitive culture the Wings have come to be known for.
“You can’t go to the rink and know that before the game even starts that you have no chance of being involved in any kind of a hockey game. It’s a negative environment, the kids lose their confidence and go backwards,” he said.