cska91 wrote:I understand all that. The point is that there is no good move that Holland can make. His options are:
A. Lose another player for nothing by waiving him. Who are the candidates? Howard? Mrazek? Sheahan?
B. Trade a player for nothing. Once the Wings are over the cap, they have zero leverage in any trade.
C. Hope that someone else gets hurt badly and needs to go on LTIR.
You make it sound like Holland has lots of options when in reality he has no good options and one year in the KHL for AA may actually be the best possible outcome of this mess for all involved.
The Wings keep their assets in hopes they appreciate. AA gets more ice time and exposed to better coaching. Both are good for his development. And Holland gets to save face and appear to be a tough negotiator. And the Wings don't need AA. It helps them go all out for the first overall draft pick and be a definite seller at the deadline.
It's tragic that can't happen in Detroit, but you very well may be right.