Holland's job is to make this team competitive, and not sit back and wait for some magical healthy team. That never happens in hockey. Also, Bertuzzi and Sammy aren't going to push this team to the next level. That's what a good trade does.
So no, getting healthy isn't like a trade acquisition.
Regardless, as you all said already, trades are unlikely because no one wants to anymore.
I think Filppula is more valueable to this team than Franzen. So there. Good luck finding someone to take on a lifetime contract given to someone for one good playoff season.
Franzen leads the team in scoring every year. He's streaky but he produces. Flip has always been one season away from a breakout year which he's never going to have. He's a good player, but good is replaceable, especially if we get someone who brings something new to the table in exchange.
Is Center the position we should be looking for right now? idk if outscoring the defensive lapses is the answer. I still wouldn't mind seeing another scoring forward but it seems to be addressing the wrong area of the roster.
Two considerations: you can never be too strong at center, and we certainly aren't. Weiss could also be a replacement for a center lost in a potential trade to bring in a defender.
I don't really think shooting is a problem on the power play. I think the main issue is keeping possession of the puck, keeping the other team from clearing it, cycling it and driving to the net. Do that and the shots will follow.
I think the season is old enough to evaluate tgis team calmly. Injuries or no, few players are performing as well as they should. We have bright spots, but I think we are all agreed the roster is a mess and way out of balance. It all needs to be recalibrated, focusing on roles and playing styles. That will take a long time, and we are limited to having little to offer in trades.
I differ from most of you, though, in that o want to win now. It's highly unlikely a team will win more than one cup a decade now, so I'm good with giving picks for prime players who can win now. Just not really old, injury prone guys. I know that's unconventional but it makes sense to me.
Howard hasn't been stellar this season, but that's okay. He needs to steal an odd game but the defense is terrible. The players, .the strategy, all of it. We don't need an elite defense but a good one would help Howard immensely.
I don't really know much about his kids, but I know a couple of people who have met or worked with them briefly and they all say the Ilitches are down to earth people. Now, that doesn't necessarily equate to competent ownership, but it seems like they will continue the style of ownership Mike Ilitch has used, which is good.