The two trading deadlines since the lockout have been failures for Holland, since none of those guys is still here, and we didn't win the Cup, which is what a team ultimately attempts to solidify with deadline deals when they're atop the standings. I think it's more than fair to criticize Holland for his recent work, instead of praising him for the Cups we won 10 years ago.
Well one of them was less than 5 seasons ago, but yeah ten years was a close guess.
If you really honestly think or expect them to win the cup every year you are delusional, no offense meant man. The way pro sports have turned you will be very hard pressed to see teams like the Old School Canadiens or Islanders or Oilers, it just isn't going to happen.
Now do I want my teams to win it every year, hell yes!
Am I upset when they don't, Hell yeah!
But I can look back at the season and say, this year has been a success, Holland has put things in place so that next year I have the ability to hope the team wins it.
Where as if I was a fan of say Florida, Tampa, Philly, L.A. Kings, Toronto, Buffalo, etc.... I would look at next season and say
"Holy f*** we suck again" which is why fans of most teams think Wings' fans are spoiled.
Because for the last 15 years the team has been a top contending team, besides the Devils and Wings name me one team that has been as consistently successful over that time frame.
Now name me GM's in that time frame who have held their job as long as Holland, How many teams have made busts of trades in that time frame. ATL last year got hosed for making a big deal at the deadline that screwed their team in the post season to the tune of a sweep by the almighty RAGS!!!!!!
Sometimes it is not the move you make, but the move you don't make.
Would I like to see Hossa in the Winged Wheel you bet you socks I do, but I don't know if Holland couldn't work his salary into the wings plans.
And don't give me that crap about you don't care about next year as long as they win it this year. Because next year you will probably be on here saying the same thing.
Edit: I am not sure letting go of Bert was a failing grade, same with Calder, Lang was a good move and regardless of his status on this board was a playoff performer and without him this team probably doesn't leave the SJ series last year.
Edited by Opie, 26 February 2008 - 10:19 AM.