The Detroit Red Wings secured their franchises future with a deal that only grabbed headlines because it is August. General Manager Ken Holland has been signed for a four year extension through the 2017-18 season.
Ken Holland became the Red Wings GM in 1997 and has accomplished more in that time frame than most GM’s have in their careers. His first cup could be argued was with someone else’s team in 1998. His second and third ones in 2002 and 2008 respectively though were all his. Let’s not forget the fifteen consecutive playoff appearances under his administration.
The Red Wings have become masters of drafting the late and making the most of it fielding a competitive hockey team with a chance of winning the cup every year. If you listen to the pundits most of them are starting to leave the Red Wings for dead saying that they will continue to be a middling team with no chance of winning without a large transformation. After last season I think that players like Tomas Tatar, a second year player, with 19 goals and 17 assists would encourage some to hold their tongues. The genius of Holland is doubted even while his playoff bound rebuilding team (it’s a bit of an oxymoron but it seems to be the only way to describe the Wings) groomed a potential number one defenseman in DeKeyser. And we would be remiss if we left out Gustav Nyquist, a player with MVP potential.
Some talk about how the mystique is starting to fall from the Red Wings. People talk about how free agents don’t want to go there anymore and about how Babcock will get out of there as soon as his contract is up and go coach the superstar in Pittsburgh. Those people may be right but come playoff time next year I’m betting that the Red and White are there and that most teams will not want to face them.