You're over-emphasising my post. I don't expect every FA to want to come here, but I also feel that Holland is very overrated. He talked a big game about changing the makeup of this team and making us harder to play against, yet so far we are the same exact team as last year, minus Datsyuk. He simply does not follow through. Unless he makes a significant trade or trades, he failed this off-season. He doesn't seem to want to take any risk, ANY risk whatsoever. If we are to trade for a top D-man, he's going to have to give to get, it's just the way it is. Other teams do it.
So what are we willing to give that would land us a Trouba or Shattenkirk? I suspect that Mantha would have to go in any such deal, plus a roster player like Nyquist. That's a steep price, but maybe we need to bite the bullet.