I am sure I am going to get called all sorts of names for this, but Jesus people, let's just be real. Ken Holland sucks.
The Wings are constantly in a position to add and he snivels and whines about prices being high. He has shoveled this BS out so many times that people buy in to "we're not contenders." Garbage. St. Louis is adding; LA added last year and won as a f***ing 8th seed.
Ken Holland is not motivated to win championships, he wants to maintain the status quo--his job--and he keeps the Wings just above water to do so.
Datsyuk has a year left; how long is Zetterberg going to be at the level he is? But just like with Lidstrom, Yzerman, et all.....Kenny will just let their careers wind down without adding b/c he's a *****.
St. Louis and Detroit are in completely different situations. St. Louis and 2012 Los Angeles are teams loaded with young talent. You can send picks for Bouwmeester (who still has many years left to play, by the way) when you have an excellent young defensive corps and a number of forwards (Tarasenko, Oshie, etc.) that look promising. You can trade picks for Iginla if you already have mega-stars like Crosby and Malkin (not to mention a ton of other great forwards).
That philopsophy is the reason Calagry has remained mediocre or worse since the '04 Lockout. It defies logic that the same approach should apply to the Wings EVERY season, even as the team declines and the farm system fails to pull superstars out of thin air. The strategy has to change.
If you think Ken Holland "wasted away" Lidstrom's carrers as they won 4 Cups and 3 Cups, respectively, I can't rationalize with you. Countless 1st rounders that could've been the Wings' next big "steal" were shipped away to bring in "NOW!" guys like Bertuzzi and Quincey. Those moves arguably made sense at the time, but we're paying for them now.
Jaromir Jagr would make the Wings incrmentally better for a handful of games late in the season, and would make Wings fans feel good about themselves on deadline day. Beyond that, he does nothing to address the long-term issues facing this team, and acquiring him would be quite antithetical to addressing those concerns.
Edited by StormJH1, 02 April 2013 - 03:58 PM.