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COACH KURT AT LARGE, F, 5/27/16
Posted on: 05-26-2016

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    The case of Pavel Datsyuk is
the latest example of front
office foolishness at The Joe.

    Arguably the Red Wings' most
talented player even at 38 years
old, Datsyuk appears headed back
home to Russia next season for
family reasons.  One can hardly
blame him for that.

    GM Ken Holland can be blamed
for not being more creative in
structuring Datsyuk's "over 35"
contract extension so Detroit
wouldn't be hit with a $7.5-million
salary cap penalty if Datsyuk doesn't
even earn that money by returning
to Mother Russia and playing in the KHL.

    For health reasons, Johan Franzen has been a non-factor for the
Red Wings for most of the last four years.  The 36-year old is likely
to remain on injured reserve for the next four years at a cap hit of
#3.9-mil/per.

    Holland is at fault here too, spending money to keep Franzen
(who already had an injury history) instead of the ultra productive
Marian Hossa when both were headed to free agency.

    Hossa ended 2015-16 with 499 NHL career regular season goals
and 52 more in the playoffs.  Franzen has 187 and 42.      

    Thursday the Red Wings acquired prospect Dylan Sadowy from
San Jose for a 2017 third-round draft pick.  Sadowy was chosen in the
third round of the 2014 draft (81st overall) by San Jose, but the Sharks
have been unable to sign him.  A 6-foot-1, 195-LB left wing, Sadowy
scored 45 goals and added 25 assists for 70 points in 64 games with
Saginaw and Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League this past season.
Sadowy had two goals and three assists in eight playoff games.

    However, real Red Wing rebuilding is impossible with the type of
dead weight the Datsyuk and Franzen contracts represent.

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    We went to watch my grandson's ballgame Thursday night.  Only
six kids showed up on his team, so the other club sent two of their
extras to our side to fill out the lineup.

    How does a a 5-year old T-ball player feel about being traded
at mid-season?


COACH KURT


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