Holland's only mistake off of this lsit, is the long term contracts to Franzen, Kronwall, and Z. All 3 contracts go for another 7 years, when all 3 players are 40+. 14 million per year cap hit for those 3 guys. The chances that more than 1 is still playing in the NHL is very very low.
The not trading guys, is a more general issue. he never trades players that could bring a good return, nor does he dump guyss that we are not bringing back, for extra picks.
Let's assume they all retire at 38, which may be realistic. Their contracts come off the books cause they were signed before 35. Then we'll take into account that apparently the NHL came back stronger than ever again after yet another lockout....so the cap will go up from 64.3 mil in a year in all likelyhood. The more the cap goes up, the less we mind the contracts they have. The contracts I hate are the one's overpaying 3rd and 4th liners and depth D like Sammy, Cleary, Quincey, White etc. when we should be seeing the young guys come up to stop whining about overripe.
This offseason will determine whether Ken Holland should still be employed with the Wings organization.
Please put Smith on the Power Play!