It's good to see so many people who have more knowledge and a better grasp of managing a hockey club than the Nonis and the Leafs.
Funny, if one of you were managing the team we would have no depth defensemen and would be completely screwed if any injuries occur.
Good signing. Big, strong Rookie Defensive d-man. Once the top pairing gets resolved, he becomes an excellent depth option. One of Eakins favorite d-men, and will cut-down on the mistakes as he gets experience.
edit: Also, Nonis was the GM of the Marlies for several years and has seen first hand as Holzer has developed.
Hes a bottom pairing/depth dman folks and im sure his contract will reflect that. Bottom pairing dmen make mistakes. Especially young ones. Thats why they're bottom pairing. Hes also RFA, so we had to do something with him.
Good signing and I'm glad we're committed to this guy. He's young, big and plays a solid game. He'll be a good 3rd pairing guy for us. A lot of people here don't realize that players from second-tier hockey nations tend to take longer to develop and reach their full potential. Look to his fellow countrymen Christian Ehrhoff, Dennis Seidenberg and Alex Sulzer as examples.
If you don't think he's been playing well (overall), then I don't know what you're watching.
A bad game against Montreal and NYI does not negate his strengths and upside.
He is a rookie playing big minutes against the oppositions best lines and has shown good defensive ability and instincts.
People are so quick to rag on a guy after a couple bad plays. The guy will be a stud bottom pairing guy for us in the future. At worst, he's a cheap and reliable #7 guy who sits in the pressbox and checks in when needed.
Jeez, I'm not saying we shouldn't have re-signed the plug but the timing is odd, and rewarding bad play is just weird. A 2-year extension at the end of the year would have been OK. It's not the apocalypse it's just stupid IMO.
If he's misplaced on the depth chart, it's the coaching staff's job to fix that. It's clear he's ****ing brutal on the top-pairing and second, SO WHY PLAY HIM THERE? At least Liles can play there.