Khan’s mailbag feature: Wings’ blueline may look the same next season

MLive’s Ansar Khan has filed a Friday mailbag article, and among the questions posited to Khan:

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10 thoughts on “Khan’s mailbag feature: Wings’ blueline may look the same next season”

  1. Wow.. what a sinking feeling. The same. No progress.

    Both young D men should get a look this spring. Or Mr. Holland is content to let our prospects begin to give up hope on the Wings, and anxiously await the day they are old enough for automatic waivers.

  2. Not that complicated…

    Kronwall – NTC
    Dekeyser – NTC
    Ericsson – NTC
    Daley – NTC

    Gotta have that veteran presence to keep that winning culture alive.

    Now add:

    Green – because letting him walk for nothing is kinda embarassing so let’s spin the importance of bringing him back. That was the plan along. Just like Nielsen was our UFA target all along. Right Kenny.

    So that leaves one spot for either Jensen, Ouellet, Hicketts, Hronek, Cholowski. Solid plan Kenny!

  3. lets just hope that if they do resign Green, it is for one year with no NTC or NMC… wishful thinking I am sure, but at least it might make it possible to get a bag of pucks for him at next years TDL

  4. Figaro says:
    March 2, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    I think Khan is correct here. Unfortunately.

    Very high odds for the Wings D not to change a lot. Older with maybe less skill if that is possible

    Even the forwards are not going to change a lot.


  5. This would be very sad to see. However, we are seeing more and more that Holland is open to a more aggressive…uh….rebuild. So what is the point in getting upset about something that hasn’t happened yet?

    The Wings may let prospects over ripen, but they seem to figure out who can and cant stick in the league pretty well. So if they determine any of the young guys are not ready, I am good with that. The problem would then go back to drafting and developing first, these abhorrent contracts second.

    1. Disagree that we are good at figuring out who can and can’t stick around the NHL. Jarnkrok is the best example, simply because of the ridiculous soundbite about being years away from the NHL.

      Why did we sign Ouellet to a 2-year deal at $1.25M? Why not move him a year ago and let someone else sign him. We could have used that cap space, and more importantly the roster spot, on someone with more upside.

      Why is the impetus for change always driven by whether someone from Grand Rapids is ready to steal a job. How about we make a hockey trade to upgrade our roster. Last summer we could have shipped Nyquist or Tatar off to Anaheim for Vatanen. So you don’t need to sit around and wait for Hickett’s to steal Jensen’s job. You acquire Vatanen and slot every down a notch. But trades are hard.

    2. If they are recognized as not good enough yet, and probably won’t be good enough ever,(which I fear is correct) then trade them before they visibly fail to crack the roster.

      Mr. Holland likes to over-ripen their trade value… to rotten trade value, with no options but a low, low price of “No options left”.

      1. Right, but trying to get max value for a player like say, Mike Green, gets you lambasted by the haters. So there is no making everyone happy!

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