The thing is this, since the cap has been in place Holland HAS signed good players and goal scorers. However, in the past 4 years he has not. What is attributing to this? Unwilling to play for the Wings? or perhaps it's the not willing to pay for said players? Regardless of which, its up to our GM to sign the appropriate players to fill the voids where they are needed. Ken Holland has not done so in the past 4 years, and continues to make excuses for why he doesn't. I like our team or it's cause of injuries doesn't cut it in this league. Especially in our division...
Why did he resign Franzen over Hossa? Unwilling to pay 7 million for Hossa seems pretty cheap in the long run.
Also, he has had cap space available to make moves and has made the WRONG ones. Quincey, White, Cleary, Samuelsson, Colaiacovo, Huskins, Commodore, Conner, Brunnstrom, MacDonald, Minard, Johnson, Parkes, Newbury, Williams, Ehrhardt, Delmore, Jason Williams and May all in the last 3 years and some of them haven't even stepped on the ice for the Wings!
I don't like where we are heading, and if he can't fix it soon I don't want him here anymore. What he did for us over the past 16 years has been great, but not all of that was done in his tenure. He's been good at times but bad at others. I think it's just time for somebody else to take the reigns. Jim Nill needs a shot.
I never said it was impossible to sign good players. What I'm saying is you shouldn't expect to be able to sign really good players every single time you need one. Even before the cap, very few teams in all of NHL history have managed to make big transitions without some bumps along the road. Fewer yet have managed it after such a long period near the top of the league. The cap makes it even harder. You're asking for perfection.
Sometimes, mistakes will be made. You get someone that doesn't work out the way you expect. You go after one guy and have to pass on another, then miss your target anyway. You think you'll have more options, but they don't materialize. Everyone makes them. Sometimes they don't hurt, sometimes they do.
Your list of "wrong" moves is ridiculous. Half those players were signed specifically to play in GR and had no bearing on the Wings roster. Others were emergency replacements signed during the season or signed to fill roles at the bottom of the roster. Williams was signed when we needed cheap depth scoring during our cap crunch. He'd had 19g and 47p the previous season, and he knew our system, and he offered a potential replacement for Sammy on the point. We got him for $1.5m. It was a sound decision but didn't work out. It's not like we could have gotten anyone particularly good for that money. Cleary was signed 5 years ago, as a depth scorer and penalty killer. In that role he has been a success. We didn't fail to sign a star winger because we had Cleary to play in the top 6. He's been put in the top-6 because we failed to get anyone better. Quincey's been much better than he's gotten credit for. Not as good offensively as he'd been in LA or Colorado, but why should anyone have assumed that would be the case? White was a good pickup last year, when there were very few options that made it to free agency. No so good this year, but oh well. At least it was only two years. Cola signed late in the free agency period, when most everyone was gone, to fill a spot at the bottom of the roster. A good depth move, and unfortunately his injuries were even worse than usual. Luckily it turns out we didn't need him. Sammy was another depth scorer, and again an option for the PP point.
Literally not even one of those moves you listed prevented us from going after any top players. Quincey is the only one that was really expected to be in a key role.
I'm talking only stars or suppose to be stars. And the bigger name guys you always hear about are typically pass first euro players. Tatar is an exception but I honestly never really heard much about him like I did with jarnkrok, Nyquist DAT z etc etc.
And guys like sheahan are obviously not pass first euros but they're not predicted to be stars.
But I also don't follow the wings prospects as close as most. The ones I follow are the bigger named ones you hear about which right now from the way I understand it are oullet, Sproul, mrazek, jarnkrok, and patterson. And I think jurco is to but not sure and I don't really consider Nyquist or Tatar on that list cause they both should be in NHL full time right now. And I know I'm forgetting a few but I think you get the idea.
Well, none of our forward prospect are "supposed" to be stars, but a few, like Jarnkrok, may have that capability.
But of our top forward prospects, Jarnkrok is really the only "pass first" one we have (and Nyquist I guess, if you want to include them). Jurco, Pulkkinen, Frk, and Tvrdon are all goal scorers. Tatar is probably more a goal scorer as well. Sheahan and Ferraro probably aren't scorers at all.