Something important to keep in mind...and I'm not saying this fully justifies what Holland has done, just keep the following in mind.
This whole loyalty to a fault thing may have behind the scenes benefits. The way we treat our players is well known around the league and may benefit us in the following ways:
- Cheaper contract extensions (Kronwall, Datsyuk, etc.)
- Hossa/Alfreddson signings...yes they reached out to us but did our reputation help us out here?
- DeKeyser - did our rep help us attract this guy who could've signed with any club
- Brunner - see above, yes we didn't keep him, but again we attracted a high value target.
If you are going to bash Holland for loyalty (and I do think he's taken it too far) at least give him some credit for the positives that may arise from it.
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