Is he some sort of god? Like others have said in this post, I am sure other Gm's care more about their jobs than Holland's job. They are going to do what is in the best interest of their team and try to improve/fix it. Not worry about what Ken Holland thinks of them.
True, but it doesn't hurt to get on his good side. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold and he has close connections all over the league. Yzerman, Bowman, and Mclellan to name a few. Former Wings like Quincey, Leino, Kopecky, Samuelsson, etc... have been solid experienced players benefitting many teams.
its just that ken holland does have quite a bit of pull with the league and his fellow GMs.
that and i believe no GM wants to be the guy who pulled a ****** move grabbing someone off waivers in this manner.
What? How about the Sharks and Predators. They didn't care. Why should anyone else. Just because Detroit is one of the most stable and respectable franchises in the league doesn't give them some special lee-way or special treatment.