Kronstantinov wrote:Holland inherited a great team and won the lottery twice with Eurotwins. The man is a dolt.
Disagree. He did some great things the first 10-11 years of his career as GM. He inherited a great team, and maintained it's greatness through a good combo of trades, free agency, and the draft for a long time. Why doesn't he get some credit for drafting Z and Dats? Only the bad stuff is his fault but the good stuff is because of somebody else? That's stupid.
Holland showed excellent GM skills initially after the lockout, and proved it wasn't all because of pre-cap spending. He made the right decisions with who to cut/keep. He found bargain bin gems like Cleary and Samuelsson to replace them. He brought Osgood back as a cheap back-up which ended up paying off huge. Convinced Shanny to come back on a pretty cheap 1 year deal for the 2006 season. Let Dave Lewis go and brought in Babcock. He made nearly all the right decisions for a few years improving the team to get them to what should have been 2 Cups. Letting Legace go and taking a shot on old man Hasek. Getting rid of Jason Williams. Letting Lang walk. Replacing Schneider with Rafalski. The trade for Brad Stuart. In addition to the Eurotwins, he had drafted some very good players in Hudler, Filppula, Kronwall, and Franzen that were vital to those Cup runs.
Unfortunately that prudence only lasted a handful of years before he started becoming the dolt he is today.
You either die/retire a hero, or live long enough to become the villain.