Ken Holland and Mike Babcock, commonly known as two of the best in the league at what they do, are so overrated it's ridiculous. They're literally living off of their reputation. I'm going to prove it to you guys here, going into a bit of detail about some of Holland/Babcock's major ****-ups.
Okay, so, how can one of the most successful teams in the league have bad management? We didn't until the last 5 years or so. It pretty much all started going down hill since we let Hossa go. We could keep one with our cap space, we chose Franzen. At the time that may have seen smart with Franzen's great performances in the playoffs and regular season, but it was an awful one. Any knowledge with statistics, especially shooting percentage, would've shown that Franzen was due to slow down. His shooting percentage was well above his normal shooting percentages those two years (18.6% and 16.7% in the playoffs, 13.6% and 13.8% in the regular season). That shooting percentage was bound to regress toward his career average, and it did. We all know the rest of the story, Hossa went on to be a first line two way star, and Franzen is now somebody we just hope shows up every game.
Next up, Kyle Quincey. Colorado fans widely considered him a scrub when he was on their team. Holland used a 1st on him, we know the rest of the story. While not as awful as last year, Quincey has disappointed, as many of us expected (though I will admit I was happy with this move originally). Now Quincey is stuck in mediocrity at best.
Moving on to Mikael Suckuelsson and Jiri Hudler. Both added/lost last offseason. Hudler went on to put up .64 ppg last year, coming out to about 52 points if he played the whole year. Being used not on the point of the power play, what do you know, Hudler's production was pretty solid. This year he's over a ppg. So, pretty much he was the secondary scoring we needed, had, and let go. What do we have instead? A much older, injury prone, washed up vet, in Mikael Samuelsson who has 2 ****ing points the last 2 years.
Now we come to Holland's greatest **** up of all. Depending 100% on Suter and Parise, leaving no backup options and not addressing our needs in any type of move years before the inevitable retirement of Lidstrom. We all know what happened. They chose Minnesota, we're left with nothing (thank you Holland). It's just stupid management to depend completely on one player to fill Lidstrom's shoes, even if that player is Ryan Suter. We may be the Red Wings but not all good free agents are going to want to sign with us, this hasn't been the case in years, I have no clue why Holland put all his eggs into the Suter basket like he did.
Daniel Cleary. While an alright bottom sixer (yes I just said this), Cleary is god awful in the top six. He's proved it time and time again, and yet Babcock continues to give him time there and time on the power play. It's not just on Babcock here though, Holland signed him rather than letting Nyquist and Tatar get more time. He's set back our future with this move, AND our present. I have no doubt in my mind Nyquist would have more than the 2 points Cleary has this year. We made it past Anaheim and took Chicago to 7 games BECAUSE of players like Nyquist and Brunner. They gave us secondary scoring, took pressure off of our weak defense, provided energy and great speed. Now we have neither of them in the line-up, which can partially be blamed on Holland's idiotic re-signing of Cleary.
Honestly, I'm not sure if Holland and Babcock care more about winning or keeping loyalty to their precious vets.