I've crossed off the players who were retained by the Red Wings specifically for the services they provide that you say the team is losing.
It's hard to argue for your Shanny point given the team's success since his departure. Yzerman's effect as a manager still being determined at this point. He's looked good so far in Tampa but they haven't won s*** (and a short stint with Team Canada the includes all of this Wings managerial buddies doesn't count as NHL success). People will ultimately judge his effectiveness as a GM by what happens in Tampa Bay. I wish him all the best in his managerial career except for when that success would hurt the Detroit Red Wings. In the end the logo on the front of the jersey matters more than the name on the back.
You've crossed off Chelios. Hard to argue, I guess, against the impact a sure-fire, first ballot, Hall of Famer is having on the ON ICE product these past couple of Seasons, as he sits in the Press box in his dress shirt and jacket. Same for Maltby, as he performs glorified PR duty. Again....it's not about what these guys bring in the PRESS BOX, but what they brought to the lockerroom.
Yzerman, as VP, was rarely IN the actual lockerroom, let alone on the ice.
Regardless, you miss the point:
Yzerman was basically shoved out, because it was posited to him that Players like Dats and Hank would never be able to take the reins while living under his vast, Legendary shadow in the lockerroom. True? Perhaps? But word has it that Stevie wasn't ready to retire. Not yet, not yet! That he wanted just ONE MORE Season....a chance at 700 goals - just eight more....just EIGHT MORE.... - and maybe a better end than a First Round exit playing in front of a career back-up, but was "shamed" into retiring - his Pride poked and prodded until he had no choice but to admit that he was maybe little more than a shadow of his former self. Perhaps he'd be doing the Team a favor by retiring..... Regardless, it was reported that Stevie chose to retire, rather than play another Season under Babcock, eight goals notwithstanding.
And Chelios was humiliated and discarded before his departure. Not necessary. Not after the career he had. Not after his time in Detroit. Everyone just assumed that Roenick, blowhard that he is, was simply bloviating. But where there's smoke....
Same with Maltby. Sidelined with an injury last year, he took the hit, had the shoulder surgery during the Season, rather than in the off-season, so that the Team could use his cap space....took the hit for the Team, only to be *****-slapped this Season. How hard would it have been to have Maltby skate ONE LAST TIME, on Opening Night at the Joe, as Bert was nursing an injury and was questionable to go, anyway? He could have played on Opening Night, then announced his retirement the next day. But? No. No farewell for the long-time Grind Line member, and fan favorite. Fourteen years with the Wings. Four Stanley Cups. "Yeahthanksbyemalts."
And Shanny? LOL....Shanny was a 40 goal scorer in his last Season in Detroit. He bolted in disgust over the treatment Stevie received. Stevie,o of all people! Holland wanted Shanny back, but Brendan decided that he'd rather LOSE in New York than play for a Contender under Babcock. Ask around.
The point is.....players like Stevie, and Shanny, and Cheli, and Malts....USED to be retained until they had molded their "replacements", shaping with words, and wisdom, and experience....imparting by word AND by Deed, what it means to be a Red Wing, what it means to don the Winged Wheel.
Now? They're shoved off into the sunset, "thanksheresyourgoldwatchandyourfrontofficejob", without regard, or respect, for what they've contributed to the Organization.
It's showing. It's showing in the play on the ice, in the slow crumbling of this Team's cohesion. They don't have that "skate through walls for your Teammate" mentality anymore.
Deny it if you'd like, but it's happening.