That's dumb, though. We're not just looking to get better this season. If we can add someone now who will help our team period, you do it. Don't wait for the off-season, because then there will just be another excuse.
EDIT: And if Helene St. James says she can't see any good deal, then that's almost straight out of Holland's mouth. She's essentially a mouthpiece for him. I take that to me we're done.
1). What deal went down that KH missed, where the winner of that deal resulted in a SCF or even Conference Final ?
2). Where would we be if we would have gotten that deal?
Like the Parise/Suter Sweepstakes, for example. Where is Minne now, and where would we be?
I don't think those are fair questions.
1) The result another team got in no way indicates what would have happened with the Wings, good or bad, if they made that deal.
2) This is impossible to know.
I criticize Holland not so much for specific deals he's missed out on, but the moves (and lack thereof) that he has made over the last few years. I assume Holland is working his ass off and on the phone trying to put deals together. But so what. That's his job. What counts for a GM is the deals you actually make, not how close you came to a good one.
He painted himself into a corner with Lidstrom retiring so he even had to participate in the Suter sweepstakes. Lidstrom retiring was a known issue. Stuart back to California was a known issue.
The Samuelsson and Tootoo signings were both awful. Giving up a first to bring in Quincey. Not getting anything back on players he developed like Flip and Hudler. Re-signging Cleary and pinning himself against the cap and roster limitations so good players rot in the minors.
Holland has had a lot of success as GM. He's been the master at tweaking a great team to keep it going, but he has done little to show he can successfully "rebuild on the fly."
Actually, the really nice thing about Ehrhoff is that he can play an effective shutdown game if need be.
Yes priority should be offensive D and a scoring Forward.
I know I'm in the minority on this, but...I wouldn't mind Byfuglien. He could be that offensive defenseman or that scoring forward. At the very least, he'd help our PP. He'd have to come at a reasonable price, of course.
Finally! A subtle interference call against the Blackhawks. Of course, now it's just embellishment. Could there be any more bias? It's embarrassing to have this on a national broadcast. Eddie doesn't even try to be objective.
I say it's a conflict of interest. He should not be doing any broadcast on NBC sports when it involves the Hawks.