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01-29-2013, 02:05 PM
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Ricelund
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I think it's pretty clear what Holland was trying to do. He was trying to "reload" this year. Had they added Suter, Salo, and Nash (as I believe they intended to), these signings would be great -- but since they didn't acquire any of the big fish, we're left with this mess of mediocre veterans. I think this is what Holland's ideal scenario for this year was, assuming Franzen and Nyquist were the cornerstones of the Nash trade:

Bertuzzi-Datsyuk-Nash
Filppula-Zetterberg-Brunner
Cleary-Helm-Samuelsson
Eaves-Abdelkader-Tootoo
Miller

Suter-Salo
Kronwall-Ericsson
Quincey-Smith/White

Howard
Gustavsson

That's a killer team. That's what they wanted and it didn't work, which sucks for both the fans and the development of the young guys.

They tried -- they made a massive offer to Suter and a substantial offer for Nash that Columbus wouldn't even listen to. They tried and failed. Am I sick of them failing in the offseason for three years straight now? Absolutely -- but they tried.


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