Things make no sense sometimes with this organization. When Pavel Datsyuk made the decision this summer to go back home and play in Russia, Red Wings longtime GM Ken Holland said we need to get younger. We took steps towards doing that last year with guys like Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, and Anthony Mantha all getting time with the big team. But this summer the Wings resigned Darren Helm (29 years old who is injury prone), Drew Miller (32 years old who is coming off knee surgery that caused him to miss most of 2015-16), and Teemu Pulkkinen (Whose talent will never translate to the NHL and he at 5’11 has a great shot but it is often off target, and is very weak in his own zone. Who the Red Wings have waived as of October 10th 2016).
The Wings log jammed the forwards even more with the signing of guys like Steve Ott (34 years old who will be playing 4th line and taking a spot of a younger player), and Thomas Vanek (32 years old who is also taking up a spot of a guy like Mantha or Athanasiou so his signing isn’t bad because he’s a guy that could produce some goals which the Wings need). Frans Nielsen isn’t included on this list because of the departure of Pavel Datsyuk since the club needed to fill a void at the center position.
These signings could force NHL ready guys like Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou to start the 2016-17 season in the American Hockey League (AHL). It has also forced the Red Wings to waive several players only significant one being Martin Frk who was claimed yesterday by the Carolina Hurricanes. Frk was a tremendous talent with a great shot and you gave him away for NOTHING! It will hurt even more when you see Frk putting up numbers with the Canes this season. I personally don’t mind them signing Ott or Miller but not both, they are taking a spot away from younger players that could make their way to the Wings like Mitchell Callahan, and Tyler Bertuzzi.
Overall, I’m just confused over the direction of this team going forward. In the past seasons we at least knew what the Detroit Red Wings organization was trying to accomplish. Their lines and combinations of the many different skilled players made sense. Now Ken Holland has so many different types of players (forwards especially) that he just makes decisions that leave us puzzled and wondering what exactly this roster is setting up to accomplish. Do they want to keep the playoff streak alive? Do they want to win a Stanley cup? These decisions have many wings fans, including myself wondering what will become of the team we all love.