I don't even know what to think. We've got all the money in the world. We've got so many young assets that we don't have spots for them all. We've got a trade market flush with high end players because ten other teams are looking to shake up their rosters too.
If this isn't the perfect time to make substantial moves then I don't know when is. I'm all for the idea of drafting and developing as a means to success, but surely Holland doesn't believe that you should exclusively do that and only augment your team with role players. But it's starting to look that way.
I'm just confused. I have no idea where his head's at or what he's thinking.
I'm not sure how adding mediocre pieces to a mediocre team makes us better. I think he's hedging his bets that we'll be better with the growth of the young guys. But their growth is entirely offset by the decline in our vets. Does anybody really think that Dats, Z, Franzen will be healthy this year? And if they aren't, does anybody really believe that the kids will offset that? Even with the additions of Stralman or Boyle or Jokinen?
I'm starting to doubt, as well. I'm still going to keep my fingers crossed and say, speculation is just that and we'll see what KH does when the opportunity is upon him.
That being said, I think we're looking at a real turning point for this franchise.
If Ken Holland stands pat or just adds minor pieces it's not going to be enough to make us a true contender.
We can continue to make the playoffs, but we won't be any closer to the Cup. I truly believe that.
Will Babcock see this and move on to another team?
Will Mr. I see finally see Ken Holland as a proven winner, but not capable of leading this franchise to the future?
This might be the last season of Holland being able to "hedge his bets" and play it safe.
As far as players discussed,I won't call them mediocre.
I do believe that Stralman, Morris, or Gilbert would be better than Kindl or Quincey on defense.
Enough to elevate the defense to the level we need? No, probably not.
Moulson would be a legit piece for our top six.
Stastny is young and coveted Center. Neither of them are mediocre.
I'd take either of them over Thornton or Spezza. Not only are they younger, they'll "cost" less.