To clarify are we talking physical players or "meatheads"? You seem to be going back and forth. Who wouldn't like a physical player who is solid defensively and can score a big goal on occasion. Every team wants a few of those and there aren't that many available.
Holland signed Tootoo, a fighter and agitator, and after injuries to nearly every regular on the team, Babcock chose to play absolutely anyone but him. He made it pretty clear that isn't the type of player he wants on his team.
The Wings have plenty of needs, but an "enforcer" is at the very bottom of the list. The injuries have nothing to do with having an enforcer.
It was 17 years ago.
I'm just saying that I'll take a meathead if we can't get a fighter with talent (which I know we won't).
Enforcer may be on the bottom of the list, but the top of the list isn't something Holland seems to be able to realistically address. He doesn't have any sway over free agents anymore and neither does the organization. We're not going to obtain a top 6 winger or a top pair defenseman, so what's the use wishing for the impossible.
Getting a tough guy would be easy and cheap.