The same people call Holland dumb every off season when he makes the same canned statement.
"The player has an agent and they may want to test the market, we will make what we think is a fair offer and see how it goes from there. But the player and the agent have to make a decision this probably won't be quick."
Go back to last off season or the one before that and tell me the same things weren't said about Abby, Miller, Kronwall etc...
Why get upset, it is Holland's canned speech that he gives for all free agent Wings.
Do you think behind closed doors he and dats aren't already close to a deal, he was really just letting people know this may not be quick.
But the Holland haters are gonna hate no matter what! Look no further than the grief he gets over not getting Suter, even though Suter chose Minnesota for reasons not related to the offer given!
OH look, now he is saying he wants to sign Dats as soon as July 5th!
A) If you don't think there's a difference between the way he should talk about Abby or Miller and Datsyuk, then I feel sorry for you. Again, compare how he talked about Lidstrom's deals to this situation.
B) Of Course he wants it locked up July 5, so he knows how much he can spend. That's why there's a rush to get it done.