Though the Detroit Red Wings haven't missed the playoffs since the 1989–90 season, some have criticized general manager Ken Holland for a lack of signings this offseason. But Holland says that Detroit needs to exercise patience as the team tries to win its first Stanley Cup since 2008.
Holland said the Red Wings, who lost to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last season, already have the appropriate players in their system.
Holland signed a four-year contract through the 2017-18 season in August. More from Holland:
"We need to draft. We need to develop. We need to have patience,” Holland said to the Detroit News. “And free agency and trading is the complementary piece to be a good organization.”
The team made seven selections in this season’s NHL Draft, including center Dylan Larkin, who is on the USA Hockey U-18 team.
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