I dunno about that...
Holland was forced to do so with Fedorov...The same could be said at the time about Datsyuk...It's a team by team thing - for some it'll work, and others it's blow up in their faces.
Although I agree with your example of Parise (and Suter) with Minnesota; no doubt they'll be a "better" team, but those 2 guys alone won't make them a legit contender for the Cup.
Weber in Philly I feel is a toss-up; we'll see if they have to make any more moves in order to stay under the cap if it were to drop with the new CBA.
Can't really compare the Fedorov situation with today. There was no salary cap back then. Dats' salary is representative of a top line player.
Otherwise, we are in total agreement.
I'm not sure the Kings are the best example for the point you're making.
I's overlooking that the Kings traded two promising young players and a pick to bring in Richards before the season started, fired their coach halfway through the season, and traded away a talented young defenseman they had signed long term to bring in Carter. They also called up two kids from the minors and gave them a lot of playing time in spite of their lack of experience.
Those are all very bold moves and un-Holland like. It's not like the Kings made minor tweaks, got into the playoffs then suddenly everything fell into place. They were a good team for a couple seasons, especially defensively, that made very bold moves to get them to the Cup.
Very true, but my point of just getting into the playoffs still stands.
Holland will have to make some bold moves this year in order to excel in the playoffs. Giving kids top line minutes and hoping they shine. He may even have to go after players that are floundering on teams and get them to come here, which means more bold moves. Right now, the only thing we know is that Holland is going to give kids the ice time they need to either sink or swim. Very un-Holland like? Yes. Bold moves? Yes. Give him a little credit for at least making the bold decision to do that.