“I don’t see us doing anything between now and Monday. Partly because of philosophy, partly because of the way our team (has) played. The team did play well until Christmas, when we got (a slew of injuries). We haven’t been nearly as good, hopefully our best hockey is still ahead of us.” –Ken Holland, via Khan(!)
As I stated earlier, Ken is more than willing to let this deadline day – just as last year – pass by without taking any action.
“We made a conscious decision to carry a 23-man roster and spend close to the cap. We’re trying to win now, (but) we’re trying to hang onto our assets — our picks and our young players. We’re trying to build towards 2013, ’14, ’15, so that we don’t have to go into a major rebuild somewhere along the line. We want to try to be positioned to be a playoff team next year and the year after, etc. The only way you can do that in a cap world is to draft, to develop. You got to have young people moving into your system.” –Ken Holland
It’s called sustained success, people. Maybe Detroit doesn’t win the President’s Trophy every season – but dammit if they haven’t made the playoffs for over two decades consecutively. Let’s be honest, we’re probably not going to be able to pluck another Datsyuk and Zetterberg in the sixth and seventh rounds. So we need to hold onto the picks we’ve made – guys like Brendan Smith and Riley Sheahan, while developing guys like Jakub Kindl, Tomas Tatar, and Cory Emmerton.
So we’ll use Mike Modano and Valtteri Filppula as our “deadline acquistions”, and move forward. The stretch run is usually a difficult time for Red Wings fans – we’re going to be going up against a bunch of teams desperate to make the playoffs and will be coming at us with everything they’ve got. Last season, we were one of those teams.