Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/25/14

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 22: Team Physician, Dr. Anthony Colucci (R) of the Detroit Red Wings answers a question next to General Manager, Ken Holland during a press conference on November 22, 2005 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The team was holding a press conference on the condition of player, Jiri Fischer, who collapsed when his heart stopped during a game on November 21. Fisher is listed in improved condition. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)
Yes, I know, parallel posts. Promise they won’t last for too long, but for now, there’s a reason that Red Wings GM Ken Holland made the statements that he did about his team’s core supposedly being at or near elite as-is—especially on a night when so many teams have informed the media that they’re letting their UFA’s-to-be to test the market that you’d think the NHL’s initial CBA proposal to the players was three slices of a Hot and Ready Pizza from Little Caesars per ten franchises—as the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek suggests: In some ways, this summer represents an important referendum on the Red Wings and their cachet with NHL players. Detroit, in the person of general manager Ken Holland, has done a remarkable job of attracting and retaining talent for an organization that has made the Stanley Cup playoffs for 21 consecutive seasons. Four years ago, when Marian Hossa hit free agency, he took a one-year contract from the Red Wings, turning down multiyear contracts worth te...
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