It would seem a lot of people forget that the Wings lost Hudler to free agency.. He scored 25 goals last season! That's 25 goals the Wings are dearly missing: Sammy's barely played and Brunner is basically a rookie, so it can't be expected of him to light it up consistently...
Hudler is one of the most one-dimensional individuals ever to play on this team. He could shoot if set up properly, and he was a good passer. That was it. He could neither skate nor hit nor defend, and he was very easily manhandled off the puck. If he wasn't producing enough, he was worse than useless.
Per his goal totals from last year: six of his goals went in off his skates, and many of the rest were tap-ins of rebounds or easy shots from set-ups by Filppula and Zetterberg. The two of them did all of the work.
Edit: Whoops... I thought you were criticizing Holland for letting Hudler walk. My bad.
Edited by Crymson, 12 April 2013 - 02:45 PM.