I agree that more could have been done to smooth the transition, but probably not too much this offseason. I would have liked to have seen Holland sign Bryan Allen, but short of that, most of the defensemen this offseason went way too high. The last two years were where the work probably ought to have been done.
that's really my point. Holland took a hard run at Suter and actually participated in ridiculous salary offers, which he usually doesn't. A big part of the reason is because he he hadn't made any moves the last few seasons to prepare for Lidstrom's (and Stuart's) inevitable departure.