"I guess I would say to you: This is the toughest league in the world. And if you get here, and you start making mistakes, you lose your confidence or the coach loses confidence in you. There is a lot of rehabilitation that needs to go on. "The longer you can be away from this league and keep the player improving, the more prepared he is when he gets here. I mean, you are talking about a guy (Ericsson) that was a winger until he was 18 years of age. He is learning to play defense." Patience. Holland says it's the most important trait in the organization.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Great article in the Detroit Free Press about the philosophy of general manger Ken Holland of the Red Wings. A couple of things that stood out was their commitment to patience.