My issue there is it shouldn't have come to that. It shouldn't have been Suter-and-Parise-or-bust. It should've been, "Well, we'd certainly love to have Suter and Parise, but we'll still be in very good shape if we don't land them." Instead, it was "We need these guys (more Suter than Parise) or we're majorly screwed." Tellingly, right after we struck out there, Holland's big thing became The Central Importance of Drafting Well and Promoting from Within, Not Trying to Bring in Outside Help. Because that's never been the Red Wing way! (*cough '99*, *cough '02*)
I haven't been happy at all with what Holland has been doing of late, but really, how exactly do you replace the Perfect Human? You don't. As was stated earlier, it isn't like offensive defenseman grow on trees It isn't like they passed up on a superstar thinking they had Lidstrom forever. Nick was on a totally year to year basis and no one would have been surprised if he had played another 5 years. Rafalski totally caught the Wings off guard by retiring when he did. They thought they had him for another few years at least. He made a move to replace Brad Stuart in acquiring Kyle Quincey. His success with LA and Colorado made it a somewhat reasonable move. Holland could not have predicted how horribly he would play.
With the lack of high draft picks the Wings have had, it's amazing that they have the depth they do in the minors. So long as they still have stars, Holland will always believe we're just a veteran away from being a contender. Holland has made it clear that he likes vets better than youth. It is what it is.
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