Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 11/11/14

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 22: Jim Nill (L) and Ken Holland (R) of the Detroit Red Wings share a laugh during the 2003 NHL Entry Draft at the Gaylord Entertainment Center on June 22, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/NHLI)
The Detroit Red Wings got their 2013 season off to the roughest start possible on Saturday, losing 6-0 to the St. Louis Blues while only firing 14 shots on goal. It was the most frustrating season opener recently for the Red Wings, who for the first time in recent memory, might finally appear headed for their version of hockey’s rebuilding stage. This has been helped along especially the last few seasons, while general manager Ken Holland’s strategy and team direction has been particularly in question. Thus, if the Red Wings continue to struggle this season, should Holland himself be the one on the hot seat for helping to cause this problem? Holland hasn’t added players at the trade deadline, nor has he made a meaningful move in free agency. The Red Wings, coming off the retirement of their captain and biggest star Nicklas Lidstrom, need something positive to happen with regard to personnel in a hurry. In addition to losing their bigger names, Detroit’s depth has been in question lately, given the retirement of role players like Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper. Holland hasn’t done much right to benefit the Red Wings lately, a franchise which should constantly be in play for big names. Detroit shouldn’t be in a poisition to rebuild. They should be able to reload by making moves for bigger names while reloading the lower lines. There’s been some casual thinking around Detroit that perhaps Holland’s talents were a tiny bit overrated, being he hid behind his ability to spend unlimited amounts of money without salary cap restriction for years. When he was forced to finally build teams on his own, the Red Wings’ results have been far more mixed. Holland does have the 2008 Stanley Cup to his credit, but since then, nothing has seemed to go right at all. Despite this, he hasn’t begun to feel much heat at all around Hockeytown. After the worst possible start to the season, Holland might not be able to wait long to try to reclaim some respectability and make a move to help rekindle a hockey fire in Detroit. Fans will lose hope fast and their frustration will get uglier if effort’s like Saturday night’s keep up. If complacency continues within the front office with regards to improving their team, frustration will eventually boil over. Holland can’t risk that happening, because more people might start to hold him accountable for the team’s current misfortunes as I have. Do you believe it is fair to do so, especially if things spiral out of control during the shortened season? To send any ideas for future question of the week topics or leave your opinion on this issue, find Max DeMara on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax and let him know what you’ve been questioning!
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