They said on the radio 97.1 Weiss was one of Babcock choices. So was Cleary
And that's why if he leaves for a different team where he has control over his roster it will be a disaster. There's a reason managers, who can make unbiased and unemotional decisions about personnel, exist. This team would be full of Clearys and Glendenings without Holland.
I disagree regarding Lidstrom. He was definitely one of the best defenseman of all time, which is why you're not going to be able to replace him with any one player. It requires examining the whole makeup of the team and in particular the blueline, and probably requires changing multiple parts, some even before Lids retired. Lidstrom eventually retiring was a pretty known event, plus or minus a couple years.
To me, Holland participating in the ridiculousness that was the Suter sweepstakes is more of a sign that he didn't have a good plan post-Lidstrom rather than he had one and it didn't work out. If your transition plan hinges on landing one or two of the absolute most sought after free agents, you're in trouble. I can't think of another time he involved the team in a bidding war like that.
Add to that Stuart's departure, which was also known event. Like I said overall Holland is a great GM, but this team is still dealing with the lack of an effective transition plan post-Lidstrom. He didn't get out front of it and ended up having to desperately chase free agents like many lesser GM's in the league.
He lost 3 of his top 4 d-men over the course of a year.
I think he deserves some props for keeping us competive through that.
One of the worst things to come out of this, is that you will probably never see Kronwall make his signature hits again. If the NHL is willing to suspend him, when he has never been suspended before, then he will have no incentive to make that kind of hit again. Any hit from here on out will have this suspension looming over it.
RIP "You Got Kronwall'd". You had a pretty good run.
Anyways, Hollands had some bad signings, but I don't think he thought guys like Sammy or Legwand were going to right the ship. He was plugging holes until he can finish bailing himself out with prospects.