A year before your spreadsheet, he signed Marian Hossa.
And a year before that, he signed Brian Rafalski.
One won us a cup. The other got us to back-to-back finals.
Hossa called Holland. Then a year later, Holland made the colossal mistake of letting Hossa go.
Rafalski wanted to come home.
I'm glad we had them and all, but these weren't situations that you could say Holland hit out of the park based on his own efforts. I mean, Hossa pretty much negotiated his own deal.
And besides that, the real problem has come up in the years since 2009 when the reality of the Cap started truly affecting the team. When he wasn't getting away with paying Zetterberg $2 million a season, he struggled to build a team around Dats and Z. And it's not even just that he's not luring better players here, he's signing mediocre players to terrible deals. That's the problem.