I don't understand this. How did we manage to strike out on every single free agent defenseman on the market? And they all took less money. That just leaves me dumbfounded. I know I sound like a huge homer right now but Detroit is a respectable organization. What is so unappealing to Hockeytown?
Matt Niskanen went to Washington for 7 years and $40.25 million when Detroit offered him I think somewhere in the $42.5 range. Dan Boyle took off for the New York Rangers for 2 years and $9 million when KH had thrown $10 at him. Anton Stralman said he had zero interest in Detroit. And one the that takes the icing on the cake to me is Christian Ehrhoff. This guy told Detroit he wanted a 5 year deal at $5 million a year and then turns around and signs with Pittsburgh for ONE SEASON at $4 million. Then he has the audacity to tell TSN, "I want to play for a good team." Ok, fuck you too.
All these guys obviously not wanting to play for Detroit made me wonder, what is the obvious problem that I'm seemingly missing here? Could it be Babcock? Holland? The arena? The city? The players? I don't know. Then I read George Malik's article (link at the bottom) and it made me think more. I think he may be right with talking about how Detroit is just stepping sideways rather than assessing the situation and then making the right moves. Sort of an instinctive reaction to things blowing up in our face like they did.
I'm not hopping on the "Fire Holland!" bandwagon because A) Who would we promote to GM and B) He doesn't have the power to make these FA's choices. I have always been a Holland supporter and will continue to be, however, I do not agree with the Kyle Quincey resign whatsoever. But that's a different story.
Thinking more about our situation, my stance seems to be more clear. We need to either A) Make a trade for Tyler Myers, Keith Yandle, or whoever. I really don't care at this point or B) Put our money where our mouth is when management says "We trust the kids." I'm happy with either one of those choices. They would be the step in the right direction.
The ball is in your court, Ken Holland.