We all agree changes are needed. How much? Well that is still to be determined. However, this is one of the first indications that the Wings brass agrees with us:
“I believe in stability; you bring in people, you keep them,'' Holland said. “(But) we were eliminated in the first round (by Nashville), had our shortest run since 2006.''
That's an honest statement there. He believes in the overall stability of the program, but if the stability isn't at a level we are used to, then changes are needed. How can you argue that?
Read on for more changes coming our way:
“Nobody is feeling good about our five-game playoff run,'' general manager Ken Holland said. “We got to figure out ways to change our team.''
Many ideas will be discussed this weekend, when the Red Wings brass gathers in Detroit for the organization's annual pro scouting meetings.
“We'll evaluate our own players, what we think we need to do to get better,'' Holland said. “We'll go through the list of potential free agents on July 1. We'll compare our team to the other 14 teams in the Western Conference.
It sounds like the Wings are ready to load up too...
Regardless of whether captain Nicklas Lidstrom returns or retires, the Red Wings will be in the market for a top-tier defenseman. Nashville's Ryan Suter is at the top of their wish list. The Predators reportedly will resume contract negotiations with Suter this week.
If Suter isn't available, other options include Jason Garrison (Florida), Dennis Wideman (Washington), Matt Carle (Philadelphia), Filip Kuba (Ottawa) and Barret Jackman (St. Louis).
The Red Wings also need a goal-scoring winger and will target New Jersey captain Zach Parise...Other top-six quality forwards eligible to become free agents include Alexander Semin (Washington), Shane Doan (Phoenix), Ryan Smyth (Edmonton), PA Parenteau (New York Islanders) and David Jones (Colorado).
And contrary to Drew's speculation yesterday, looks like they don't have any interest in signing Hasek.
Either way, it's going to be an interesting summer to say the least.
If we can't get Suter I would love to have Matt Carle. He played really well in Philly and he would be cheaper. Giving us more room to take Parise, or make a big trade. I would like to have Shane Doan but I doubt he will leave Pheonix after their impressive run. Wouldn't mind Semin either but if we don't get either Parise or Suter it can be argued we aren't really improving.
I'm actually pretty excited for this off season and it's really good the upper management realizes big changes are needed. Is it fall yet?
@thebiglachovsky I'm not letting myself get too excited about it, because every other time there were serious indications a move needed to be and was going to be made, it didn't happen. I certainly hope we can land some people who will help us get back to where we belong.
The last time they told us something big was happening we learned that they signed a huge deal....
The only one I was really interested in was Parise. And the chances of him coming to the Wing's were slim... now with them in the cup finals... Impossible.
The Wing's need a power forward or they won't win the cup. They have no spark, no drive, and no motivation right now. Need something big to win it all.