I've brought this up a couple of times in other threads and received no response throughout the season. The playoff streak clearly is NOT "meaningless" to the Wings' brass.
Sure, some fans (younger ones, I suspect, who don't remember the last time the team missed the post season) are willing to dismiss the streak's significance with a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately mindset. "Why only make the playoffs to lose in 4-6 games? A high draft pick is more valuable long term."
How terribly shortsighted.
In failing to make the playoffs, the Wings would reset 22 years of chasing a 29-year-old record. Prospects come and go. Making the playoffs for thirty straight years doesn't. Doing so would be more than once in a lifetime. It would be once in the history of hockey.
Does this mean that I like the Legwand trade? Not particularly. But the Wings were in desperate need of a center while trying desperately to make the playoffs for a consecutive 23rd year.
I, for one, am glad they're trying to keep the streak alive. Breaking the longest playoff streak in pro sports would be a huge feather in the Wings' collective cap, one that every fan should wear with enormous pride.
I agree with all that in terms of evaluating Holland's "grade" for the trade deadline. A scoring line center suddenly became a desperately needed commodity on this team. This team doesn't make the playoffs unless they get hot, and there's no way that happens if you have 3rd and 4th line centers anchoring the top lines. Not that Legwand is the greatest either, but he could theoretically do what Weiss was supposed to be doing right now.
At the same time, it's a sad day to me. Calle Jarnkrok was pointed at as possibly our best prospect last year (before Mantha, etc.), and now he's gone. The fact that he would have possibly left for Sweden, in and of itself, would also have been a devastating revelation to me, so whether he blows up in the NHL or bolts, it's still a loss for the future.