Hollands problem is, he likes this team. He refuses to ditch certain players who haven't shown up that last few playoffs. He rewards veterans with contract just because they were/are loyal to him. He let's Nick Lidstrom tell HIM what he wants to make. He is still waiting for "playoff Franzen" to show up and he still believes that UFA's will flock to Detroit, just because of their history PLUS they will more than welcome accepting 1/3 less salary for that same reason...
Couldn't agree more. And after hearing Lidstrom's comments from the other day regarding the team, I think his decision whether or not to return will depend on how much change takes place this summer... and I think it's the less, the better for Lidstrom. I don't think he wants to play with a bunch of new guys, he'd rather have as much of this team back as possible. And I think that's what he's going to get. Holland seems to not want to lose Lidstrom (can't say I blame him, but...) and will do whatever it takes to retain him, including putting the band back together.
-Stuart out, Smith in full-time.
-Nyquist may replace one of Hudler, Emmerton, or Mursak.
-Conklin out, MacDonald in if healthy, otherwise enter a veteran backup.
Meet your new Wings, same as the old Wings...
And, "We like our team" is the new "Our power play is our enforcer." PUUUUUKE.
Edited by joshy207, 25 April 2012 - 06:28 PM.