The Brad Stuart trade for a late 2nd and 4th pick. The recent Ian White signing, (name a free agent signing from this summer which has turned out better than this one).
His ability to know when to pass on players and when to give some chances (Bertuzzi, Eaves, Cleary etc...).
More than the moves he has made, the moves he hasn't are what stand out for me. He seems to understand what half of GM's in the league don't, you don't guarantee championships with overpaid super stars, and block buster trades every other year. I couldn't tell you what "it" is, but K.H seems to know what it takes to win. Simply that.
Let's face it, the Bruins, Hawks, Canucks are good teams, not dynasties in the way that Detroit is. The way Kenny has put legitimate contenders on the ice year after year is comparable to no team in the NHL.
If we judge a GM by their teams production then yes, Kenny Holland is miles ahead of any other GM, but apparently the GM has little to do with a team's success? Trust me, "He's good, but he's inflated by superb coaching, scouting and playing." Which is ironic because I can't tell you how many times I've heard "The coaching is decent but it's a product of good players, superb management and scouting"
or "The scouting is decent but is made to seem better than it really is but excellent coaching, management etc..."
I mean by the sounds of it, the Wings have dominated the past two decades with nothing more than "slightly above average everything"
Put it this way, Kenny Holland's team hasn't missed the playoffs in two decades, (almost tripling the next best current record.) Came two goals away from winning 5 cups in 12 years. I don't think one superstar can do that. By no means am I saying he is the ONLY reason for Detroit's success, but in my mind his effect on the team is far greater than any one player's.
Just another thing to think about, who do you think has been more important to the franchise? One of the all-time greats in Lidstrom or KH?
Crosby is a god amongst players. Add him to any middle-of-the-pack team and they're a contender. Add him to a contender and they're the team to beat.
Ken Holland is a great GM but let's be honest... much of Detroit's success has come from lots of money, great scouting, and a hell of a lot of luck. A smaller market team could not have afforded the '97, '98, or '02 Wings teams. And there's a lot of luck in play when you can draft superstars like Lidstrom, Datsyuk, or Zetterberg as late as they did, even with the incredible scouting team they have. Holland is not some wonder-Gm that's going to change everything for a franchise like Columbus.
Holland as a piece, albeit a major one, of a great franchise. Add him to Vancouver or Boston and are they really that much better? No. They're both good now and in the future. Add Crosby to Vancouver or Boston and they're cup champions.
For this to be interesting, it has to be the entire Wings front office and scouting/development staff too.
Agreed, and assuming that the problems start at the ownership/management level (ex: Thrashers or Islanders) that's the only way picking Holland and Co. would be justified. Anyone else with an above average front office couldn't care less and would prefer icing the 'healthy' best player in the world for 20 years.