The imposed salary cap revealed how bad a GM holland really is. It's easy to get the right players when money isn't a barrier. The list of horrible signings coupled by the lack of improvement made gets longer and longer.
I gave Holland this Free Agency to prove me wrong but I'm convinced a change is needed.
The only argument people put up is the talent "he" finds deep in drafts. My reply is that scouts find these players, not the GM.
It's a sad day when we are supposed to be excited for average Kyle Quincey. And yes....he's barely average since he contributes NOTHING offensively.
Most overused term in hockey "good puck moving defensemen."
What the Wings need before we start camp: 2 smart puck moving defensemen.
We had SOOOOOOO many horrible first passes by our defensemen that caused an equal amout of turnovers in the neutral zone that I literally lost count most games. Opposing teams knew this and pressured our defense and created millions of these turnovers. (See Quincey, Kindl, Lashoff and Smith) On the flip side, their inability to make that 1st pass in an accurate manner cut in half our scoring chances most nights.
Consider that last point. If you can increase 5-10 more scoring chances, you essentially add an extra goal every other game. That's 41 more goals a season.
This is why I don't think we need another forward. We just need TWO good puck moving defensemen.
Mike Babcocks style of hockey is 100% dependent on defensemen that can move the puck, make great 1st passes and even join in the scoring by having an above average shot. Smith Big E and Kronwal meet this criteria ( I know Smith is frustrating to most of you but he is still very young) but none of our other defensemen even come close to Babcock's brand of Hockey.
All that said, I don't think Holland sees it this way and will most likely only pick up one average defensemen instead of trading for two top 4 types.
The Franzen of the 2008 playoffs is long gone and to think we chose him over Hossa. I wonder who is to blame for that one? Could it be the same guy who gave up #1 pick for Quincey? Or the guy who really wanted Tootoo? Or the guy that picked up Weiss? Or the guy that said we like Kindl and Lashoff? Anybody seeing a pattern?
boston is just that much better than our grand rapids red wings
It can't be said enough how much good puck moving defensemen contribute to offense. Lidstrom, Rafalski, Chelli all had accurate passes that enabled our forwards to move with speed. Our current defense has trouble with pressure, and consistently turns the puck over in the neutral zone.
Hopefully, this should show Babs and Holland just how bad our defensemen are and that they finally need to upgrade Lash, Quincey and Kindl.