The Legacy of Ken Holland
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11-25-2008, 06:27 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Originally Posted by
if HD didn't disagree w/ me, he'd dissect/mutilate your first paragraph, justifiably.
as simply and nicely as i can put this:
playing first line minutes does not make someone play well; should be obvious, but it apparently needs to be said.
It does, however, make you more productive.
Look, Quincey's getting a boatload of PP time in LA. Other than that he has all of 4 ES points in 16 games. Lilja has 6 ES points. Lebda has 3. The two Wing dmen get much less IT and lesser offensive players.
he's better than 3-4 of the defensemen that beat him to roster spots this year, but he was a victim of circumstance in that he didn't have the experience any of the other 8 have.
The suggestion that Detroit would let a superior player go who is also cheaper just because he didn't have enough 'experience' is laughably misguided. There is nothing which even remotely suggests such a decision was made.
but Kenny's not infallible and he got this one wrong.
Possibly. If he is 'wrong' it's because he made an incorrect assessment of a players talent, not that he has some pre-existing standard where players who don't have x number of NHL games get run out the door automatically if there are guys with more NHL games ahead of them on the depth chart from the previous year.
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