Paul Holmgren vs Ken Holland
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01-23-2013, 06:44 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
This is a silly topic, considering there about 25 GMs in this league that fall well within the confines of the compulsively aggressive Holmgren and the damagingly cautious Holland. Obviously, the answer is that one would enjoy a GM who falls somewhere in between.
What is maddening about Holland is that he has two huge advantages that most GMs don't: (a) loose pursestrings, and (b) job security. Regardless of whether he is largely responsible for the team's success of the past decade, he has built up so much credibility with Illitch that - now that he needs to get creative - he can take a risk or two and not have to worry about being sacked, whereas some, if not most, GMs cannot.
As for WHO would be an ideal GM for the Wings, that's hard to say. GMs obviously have their own sensibilities, but those are going to be restricted or enhanced depending on what team they are employed by. I highly doubt we'd see Paul Holmgren shipping fat contracts in and out of Philly if he were in Phoenix. And Don Maloney of Phoenix would probably be an entirely different GM if he were in Toronto where financial limitations are practically nonexistent.
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