Holland Really Screwed the Pooch
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01-29-2013, 02:25 PM
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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:
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.
Do you think they wanted Nash
Even if they'd gotten those guys, what the hell was the point of Sammy? And Quincey? Especially at that kind of money.
Why pay Sammy $3M when you can pay Nyquist $800,000?
Or why pay Quincey $3.5 or whatever when Kindl makes $800,000 and a veteran stay-at-home guy like Hannan or Huskins are available cheap?
Even if you swing for the fences ... you still got to protect the plate a little bit. As good as Nash is, he's past his prime goal scoring years. As good as Suter is, he doesn't replace Lidstrom and Stuart.
It's debateable how much Nash and Suter improve on last year's first round loser. And it's still important that we develop the guys in the AHL.
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