Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
- The Detroit News’s Bob Wojnowski penned an article discussing the Red Wings’ decision to retain Ken Holland’s services, with Wojnowski suggesting that Christopher Ilitch made a safe, steady pick with the hopes that the Wings’ GM can turn over a new leaf:
In some ways, Ilitch is doing what Holland has done for many years — practicing loyalty. He’s also acknowledging a long, painful process has just begun, and he wants an experienced leader in charge. It’s not necessarily Holland’s 21 seasons as GM that protected him, but his 12 years before that, as a respected scout and director of amateur scouting.
Holland, 62, is returning to his roots, scouring the amateur ranks for prospects rather than focusing on win-now moves. Those days are over, and will be for several years, and in the interim, Ilitch is going with what he knows.
Is it the easy, safe move? Probably.
Is it a defensible move? It is, based on Holland’s record and reputation around the league.
Wojnowski continues at extended length…
2. The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan posted a set of Red Wings final grades via-a-photo-gallery, prefaced with the following:
Zetterberg, and general manager Ken Holland — who Saturday signed a two-year contract extension — and coach Jeff Blashill (who is expected to return next season) see firm opening steps to a rebuild.
Young players such as Dylan Larkin (team-leading 63 points) and Anthony Mantha (team-leading 24 goals), along with Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Bertuzzi, and several prospects on the way, offer promising days ahead.
And for June’s Entry Draft, no team has as many the Red Wings’ 11 draft picks (and 10 in 2019) through aggressive dealing at the trade deadline.
The work this season was impressive from certain corners, and not as much from others.
Kulfan continues, and as usual, my question to you is, “Would my grades be worth your time–or mine–given that all the beat writers weigh in?”
3. On Fox 2’s Sportsworks program, Wojnowski, the Free Press’s Jamie Samuelssen (also Wojnowski’s co-radio host) and Woody Woodriffe eventually discuss the Red Wings, weighing in on Holland’s extension at the 8:10 mark, questioning whether the Wings have the talent to emerge from their rebuild sooner than later:
The second-round playoff series between the teams is now tied at 1 game apiece.