I'm not going to judge too early on this draft because Holland and co. have proven successful at the draft table, but I'm not at all impressed so far either. Really haven't addressed and needs in my opinion. Big skilled Russian winger looks good, but undersized defenseman and a goaltender... Not impressed...
But we do need a goalie with Mrazek moving up and we got a RH defenceman. Those sound like our needs to me
Jimmy D needs to be put out to pasture. Mantha had a rough year but from reading about his play (haven't seen him play yet) he's not playing badly. He's just sort of average. That tends to happen with prospects one of their years. Very unusual for a prospect to be called out after one year.
The only criteria for getting your jersey retired is because the owner says it should be retired. I don't know where fans get the idea that there's some sort of standard or litmus test that has to be passed. If Mike (or Chris or Marian or whoever is making the decisions these days) says someone's number will be retired, it will be retired. The Wings and their fans are fortunate to have so many players in recent years to have this discussion about.
Don't like my answer, don't read it it's very simple. Please leave it up to myself (I can think alone thanks), to judge whats problematic and what not...just a hint a lot of stuff post 2005 is problematic in the NHL.
Don't like someone's response to your answer Frank? DONT READ IT.
Hopefully that points out how backwards your don't like it don't read it stance is.