If you look at all of the trades Holland has ever made, he has rarely ever dealt any real key prospects.
When aqcuiring a roster player, Hollands playbook most always involves trading:
-Middle of the road regular players (Jamie Pushor, Anders Eriksson, Kevin Hodson, Yan Golubovsky, Sean Avery, Maxim Kuznetsov, and Jason Williams)
-AHL prospects that don't seem to be in the Red Wings future plans (Philippe Audet, Yuri Butsayev and Sebastion Piche)
-Or draft picks (six 1st rounders, five 2nd, rounders, three 3rd rounders, six 4th rounders and one 6th rounder).
In 15+ years as GM, Holland has only ever traded three prospects, in order to aqcuire a roster player:
-Petr Sykora (NOT the one that won a cup with NJ in 2003, but the one that played 10 games with Washington in 05/06)
He has also only ever traded one "core" type player in 15+ years, in order to acquire another roster player:
Looking over Hollands trade playbook, it's doubtful that he is shopping for young expensive dmen that "could be in the future and could have a larger impact for many years to come".
Prems for Shanny. That was a big one. But the NHL was also different then than it is now. There was always teams looking to dump salary and we had no problem picking it up. Chelios for Eriksson was also a pretty big trade.
But again, the NHL has changed, so Holland is going to have to change as well. Will he? We will see.