We're in a pretty s***ty transition to be honest. I know in time things will be better, but Datsyuk dropping the ball on us and Zetterberg's decline does screw us pretty bad for next season. I'm only speaking of next season btw.
Things a top team needs:
good to elite goaltender
number one center
Let's assume Danny D. is close to a number one he still needs someone that can keep up with him and then you need a number one center...Especially since now Eichel, Matthews and Puljujarvi will be in the same division..It's kind of a crap situation and there is only one option to make it better but that player might not even want to come to a declining aging team.
Regardless if Wings were listed as one of Stamkos' interested teams. Holland would go for him. He's not the type to pass up on a top 3 player.
So regardless of what folks fantasize, the NHL GMs play their cards differently than we do.
But like I said. Realistically we have a higher chance of ended up with Radulov + Okposo. But don't kid yourself into thinking Holland doesn't prefer Stamkos
I was a huge fan of the Okposo, Backes and/or Looch signing but that was before the Wings needed to replace an elite number 1 center now the job has become so much harder. If not Stammer I don't even know who might fill that need. I know people expect Larkin to become that but I honestly think it's asking too much right now and it spells trouble .
Also the Isles would be stupid to let Okposo go their offense is already Tavares plus X without him the X becomes even smaller
Somehow I wish the Wings would sign Radulov so I could enjoy the gongshow he will create