Hello Red Wings fans. How are you? That’s a rhetorical question, because if you have any common sense at all you’re pissed off right now. I, like many of you out there in Red Wing nation, had high hopes for today, and no matter how loud the voice was screaming from the back of my head that I was setting myself up for disappointment, I didn’t listen, I held onto hope. Hope that slowly diminished into a hell filled ball of fire inside my soul as the afternoon unfolded. If you saw my piece earlier about free agency, you can do me a favor. Print it off, take it outside to your driveway, take a light and/or match, light it on fire, drop it on the ground, piss on the ashes. Thank you.
This was Ken Holland’s last chance to show me that he still had a little somethin in the tank. Instead, we saw Steve Yzerman bolster his blue line with Anton Stralman and bottom 6 forward group with Brian Boyle. Then we saw Jim Nill turn Dallas into a friggin Western Conference contender by trading for Jason Spezza, adding Ales Hemsky along with depth forward Patrick Eaves and backup goalie Anders Lindback. Those 2 gentlemen were groomed by our very own Kenny Holland and have turned their teams around. Meanwhile, Holland spent the afternoon doing his best Peter Gibbons impression as he sat in his office playing Tetris, obviously forgetting to check a clock.
Every free agent the Red Wings made an offer to turned it down. We backed out on Ehrhoff because he wanted too many years, only for him to sign in Pittsburgh for 1 year and said “term was never an issue”. So who the hell provided Holland with that info?!?! Dan Boyle turned down money to go play in New York. Niskanen and Stralman both said that they had no interest in coming to the Wings. So what is happening here in Detroit? Is it just thatttt bad of a place that no one wants to come here? I think it’s poor sales jobs by the front office. Seriously, Ken Holland must be telling people that Detroit doesn’t have electricity and you have to catch a horse and buggy to the arena every day.
I’m torn on Niskanen because as bad as we need a defensemen, he got a fattttt paycheck for a lot of years to come. What really sends me over the edge is the fact that Holland panicked and signed KYLE FUCKING QUINCEY and gave him A FUCKING RAISE!!! Jesus on the Christ what the hell is going on here. If you followed us during last season, or simply watched any Red Wings games with working eyes, you know Kyle Quincey doesn’t belong on this blue line. He is absolutely horrendous, and now Holland brings him back for more freakin money!!!
Mike Babcock loves the effort today Ken…
Let’s get input from fellow GHE writers. This is how text messages rolled in after the news broke:
Trev- “OK well I’m certainly not rooting for this team”
Jeremy- “Fucking knew that was coming. Jesus fucking Christ. That contract is why I wanted Boyle. It could keep Kenny from doing stupid shit.”
Jeremy- “Wanna hear the kicker? Afterwalking away from Ehrhoff we give MORE MONEY to Quincey who is also a LEFT HANDED shot”
Jeremy- “I’m done with Holland. Fed up”
Trev- ” Yea man fire everybody. Trade anybody with value and start over”
Short jist of our continuing rant fest. Couple this with the trade of Legwand who we just let walk and it just looks even worse for Holland. Let me tell you, if he resigns Dan Cleary I can guarantee we will be back here bitching again. But as of now we get more of the Quincey/Smith/Kindl/Lashoff show which will lead to more jeers like these….