Doughty had a 50+ point campaign at a young age.
But I agree our defense needs improvement, that's what the 17 million dollars and trade assets are for. option one was to get Suter, we came in second place, option two is explore the trade market, and it will take time for a deal to be made.
I completely agree, I watched the same off season as everybody else did. And certainly (as I said before) nobody expected to lose Lidstrom and Staurt in the same year. So I'm not here to condemn Holland or anyone else. I like Kronwall, I like White, and Ericsson, and Smith, and even Kindl...but I don't think it's reasonable to say that there were absolutely no moves (over the last three years) that would have left our defense in better shape than it's in.
Finally, to give credit where it's due. I did like the White signing, it clearly worked out, and I did like the Quincey trade, which will. I don't think Holland did nothing, but in order to play devil's advocate I think it's only honest to side with Esteef in saying that in some cases better options were available. Erhoff and Wisniewski both have 50 point seasons too, and their cap hits are 4 and 5.5 milliion dollars respectively.