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09-13-2012, 09:51 AM
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Holland earned a solid F this summer. No question about it. We have more holes now than we did in May, and a majority of the contracts he handed out were simply awful. It's a repeat of last summer, only worse.

Originally Posted by Captain Bob View Post
Jonas "Monster" Gustavsson --- Decent signing, I think. But he's a backup goalie/.
Mikael Samuelsson -- Horrible move. Unnecessary
Jordon Tootoo -- Would love this move IF our bottom six wasn't overcrowded
Carlo Colaiacovo -- Mediocre defenseman who will take time from either Smith or Kindl.

We had three major needs:
1. Top Pairing defenseman
2. PK Defense with toughness
3. Top Six Winger

We got Zero.

If there was a plus side, it was that we could develop youngsters. Instead we've signed average to below average NHLers that will make it hard for the Wings to play their kids.

Complete and utter failure - made worse when you consider that we traded our first round pick for a guy we waived, when we had all this cap money to spend, and when we have a prospect list 20 guys deep, and yet we can't pull the trigger on a trade??
Could not agree more.

Originally Posted by Captain Bob View Post
His failures this year are hard to ignore. But really, he started locking himself into this position two years ago when he resigned both Bert and Homer and also signed Modano.

Think about who our so-called young roster players are.
Helm 2005 pick
Abdelkader 2005 pick
Kindl 2005 pick
Howard 2003 pick
Ericsson 2002 pick

We're not developing players.
We're doing something very wrong with player development.

Since the 2006 draft, our picks have 370 games played. 205 are by Shawn Matthias.
Damn! If this isn't an indictment of "over ripe", I don't know what is. Posters can say that we have prospects in the pipeline, but the numbers don't lie. We SUCK at developing them. The dead wing era 2.0 is on the way, people. It's not here yet... but coming quickly.

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