...Overall that is on Holland. I don't think he sucks but as I've said before, because the Wings have been so good for so long and transitioned through different eras so successfully, I'm surprised at how unprepared this team looks for Lidstrom's retirement.
You're using Holland's success against him. Making successful transitions in the past doesn't mean that those transitions are so easy that we should always be successful at them.
We've lost three top-4 defensemen in two years. In that time, there has been ONE top-pair defenseman to hit UFA, and only a few other UFAs or affordable trades that are any better than what we have, and I'm not sure that any of them are so much better that it would really make any difference.
Let's see the list of GMs that have gone through something like that without a hitch. It's so easy there must be dozens. Just give me 5 off the top of your head...
Wiz (from Michigan) didn't sign with Detroit cuz Holland low balled him. Doesn't anyone remember the "fair market value" quote? He signed with Columbus for more money period. Kenny's too cheap.
For the record, Wiz signed with Columbus before the opening of free agency. Holland didn't low-ball him. Holland never even had the opportunity to talk to him.