Great. So when Larkin is traded in his ninth season with the Wings, much like when Matt Duchene was traded from the Avalanche and we have our MacKinnon (drafted four years after Duchene ...hmmmm a player drafted in 2018? Maybe one that you regularly emasculate. ...or maybe just an Average Joe. Hmm. No matter. I digress.)
Anyway, when we trade Larkin, we'll acquire players along the like of Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev Andrew Hammond, and Shane Bowers as well as a first- second- and third-round pick in a three team trade with say... The Preds and The Sens.
(Note: I didn't cherry pick these names or the picks. They're exactly whatever the Avs got or did not get from the Sens and Preds. I'm not and won't evaluating the talent or the picks or whom was picked with those picks in 2018. Just stating the facts, ma'am. Bold to indicate what was the return from the Preds and what the trash from the Sens was )
Speaking of the Sens. You really want to be in the debacle the Sens are in to rebuild?? You envy the situation that got them into the place where they are with picks in this draft. Okay. That's you, man. It's a hard pass from me. The Sens are a steaming trash heap that's somehow not on fire whilst sitting inside of an actual dumpster fire. No thank you.
You called AA a peripheral player and now you're saying "30 in '19." 30 what? Locker room tantrums? PIM? AA doesn't have 30 goals. He doesn't have 30 points. He has 27. That's not 30. What I said is that he is a problem child... and Steve is only willing to suffer a problem child for so long.
Absolutely Steve Yzerman derailed Ken Holland's redemption story. Why wouldn't he? COVID-19. No, no. It's CAPTAIN-19. Anyway, Kenny should have stepped away earlier all those years ago and let Steve rise to his destined position as GM of our beloved Red Wings that much earlier. Then we wouldn't be in the situation we are now. Holland was selfish. Maybe he did Steve a favor by taking on that broken down old defenseman and peripheral player. Meanwhile, Steve Yzerman doesn't owe Ken Holland a damn thing except to derail him as a GM. Also, who won that trade. Sam Gagne. That's who.
...and as far as Steve building a team through high draft picks? Well, duh. With this team? What else is he gonna do. Even with ya boy Seider, the team he has currently looks poised to deposit a few more into his lap. So great. It's all going to plan. Also, I just named two players drafted in the third round, that he drafted that are doing pretty well with that previous team so... yeah... You may have missed my point there. Not all high draft picks. ...and even then some of those high draft picks he build his team around that you pointed out... he didn't draft. Some he inherited, some drafted, and some he traded for.
So yeah, a complete overhaul is probably coming. I've never said that this team doesn't need it. Ultimately, I think you're right. It's coming. Yzerman has had the guts to trade a lot of players that people have said, "what? he traded who? wow!" So maybe you'll get your wish and Larkin will be traded.