edit: just saw the other thread. Mysterious. I think people should chill with all the hateful comments towards him though. Could be personal issues.
Not that I don't agree with you (I am the king of personal issues), but why wouldn't they just say it's personal? It worked for Gionta earlier this season. He said it was a personal family matter, and that was that.
That said, if you're waiting for a perfect GM, then you'll still be doing so when the sun explodes. No such person exists.
The Tootoo signing was stupid. The Sammy signing was stupid. The Cleary signing was stupid. The Colaiacovo signing was stupid. The Weiss signing looks like it might be a bust. Alfredsson was a one-year slam dunk, and he basically came to Holland and said, "Sell me on the Wings and I'm yours" (not so different from Hossa, Holland's other "recent" slam dunk). Also, he seems ok with losing pieces for nothing, as opposed to something (I guess I'm mostly referring to Filppula here). Without Datsyuk and Zetterberg, this would be a terrible, terrible team.
I'm not asking for perfection, but you would expect the ZOMG BEST GM EVER to not fall flat on his face all over the place like he's been doing lately. Just getting Gustav Nyquist on this roster is proving to be a monumental challenge for him, or something he's simply not very interested in doing. (Which is fine. I mean, it's not like Nyquist is one of our best forwards or anything, and it's not like we need any help up front.)
Where's the creativity? Where's the urgency? Where's the rabbit from the hat? I feel like our ZOMG BEST GM EVER has been sitting on his hands for seven seasons. And for what purpose? To what end? The rise of our young prospects? The singular importance of building and promoting from within? That song and dance?
ZOMG BEST GM EVER though he may be, Holland seems awfully content to "just be," saying, "ZOMG SALARY CAP. MY HANDS ARE TIED," at every opportunity.
Tootoo will not be bought out...Franzen will. Franzen is already proving to be even more useless this again than he has the past 3! Since "The Choice" he has gotten worse and worse. I understand the Tootoo waive, because more than likely (outside of Nashville) nobody would scoop him up, but someone would ****** Franzen off of waivers. I still think he would be a great fit in Vancouver, too bad his trade value is way LOW right now! If he cannot be moved on the Deadline or at the draft or throughout the summer, he will be bought out.
Just because we all want it to happen, and it probably should happen, doesn't necessarily mean it will. (Truism, I know.) And I'm not talking about him being picked up off waivers - I'm talking about him being placed on waivers in the first place. I mean, Sammy is still with us, we brought back Cleary, and I'll use Bertuzzi now to suit my argument. Holland is ultra-loyal, and I've gotta think he's got some extra motivation to keep Franzen around, because, ZOMG HOLLAND DRAFTED A PREMIER POWER FORWARD, and #Could'veBeenHossa.
Mannnn whatever ... waive Cleary, Samuelsson and throw Bertuzzi in, as well. Bunch of "been there, done that" lazy, uninterested [or incapable] players who are taking roster spots away from our young guys. Kind of a joke regarding #71 & #44 ... but, kind of not too. :smh:
$2.5m per season. He spurned the Wings' offer because he wanted more money and guaranteed top-six time. Now he's on one of the worst teams in the league, one that is also near-bankrupt and is thus unlikely to improve next season.
Too bad for him.
Yes, I know Brunner's story. And I'm well aware of NJ's struggles. (I'm ten minutes away from Trenton.) Doesn't mean I can't miss Brunner.