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Red Wings GM preaches patience after slow summer

Sep 2, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

Ken Holland AP

Rather than make a big free agent plunge this summer, the Detroit Red Wings settled for re-signing players like Kyle Quincey and Jonas Gustavsson. That might not be the most exciting way of doing things, but GM Ken Holland told the Detroit News that it all comes back to his philosophy about building through the draft.

“We need to draft. We need to develop. We need to have patience,” Holland said.

Holland admitted that the Red Wings aren’t currently viewed as a top contender, which is part of the reason why they didn’t land one of the “small clusters of those individuals available” in free agency.

In the short term, Holland repeatedly pointed to the possibility that the Red Wings might enjoy better luck with injuries. Even so, development was a big part of his pitch to the Detroit News, which makes more sense when you consider this outlook:

“Three years from now, there will be a brand new rink,” Holland said. “Our ownership has always been committed to doing to the cap. I have the green light from our ownership to spend to the cap.

“I think it’s a great time for the league. I think it’s a great time for the Detroit Red Wings.”

It almost sounds like he’s saying that the times will only get better as the years go on, yet a healthier Red Wings team could very well be dangerous in 2014-15.

  1. shanekelleytx - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    The Red Wings always get the benefit of the doubt in my book. They’ll be alright.

  2. rbbbaron - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Good article. Everyone can appreciate Holland’s emphasis on drafting and building from within, but there’s nothing about that approach that says you need to go out of your way to over-pay for washed up “veterans” and over-commit to guys who haven’t necessarily proven themselves worthy of that commitment. We won’t have a good idea about just how successful his drafting/developing is for a few years, but his roster signings over the last few seasons have been pretty bad on the whole.

    • polegojim - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Amen RB! That is exactly correct. Many made a big deal about the Red Wings not making any big splashes in FA.

      FA building can be very temporary and does not equate to Cup success… See Minnesota.

      Much rather see them pay the short term price of developing from within, for long term success.

  3. elrock7 - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Arent they still unable to resign Dekayser?

    • pjblake2redwings - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      they will. both sides know the deal will be done before camp.. he talked himself into lower money by stating how much he wants to play in Detroit

  4. philiver - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    The Detroit Red Wings swung and whiffed on every free agent they targetted, finding themselves in a position where they felt forced to re-sign Kyle Quincey. I’m not saying emphasis on drafting and patience is ill-placed, but that doesn’t keep it from having been an embarrassing off-season for Ken Holland.

    “I don’t know why they’re not coming here.” – Ken Holland, 2014

    • polegojim - Sep 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Puzzeling maybe… but the Wings are far from embarrassed about ANYTHING.

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