Kronstantinov wrote:He had a genius advisor when he was making good decisions. It's been all downhill after Bowman left.
This doesn't take away from his accomplishments. Ultimately Ken Holland had the final say. But yes, having smart guys around you certainly helps.
I think the bigger problem and the reason for the sharp decline is who has replaced Bowman/Nill/Yzerman and everyone they took with them. I'm certain those guys didn't always agree with Holland, and when they thought he was doing something wrong, I have no doubt they weren't afraid to tell him. That is definitely not the case with their replacements. He seems to have nothing but "Yes Men" advising him now, either that or he's read to many news articles about his greatness and no longer believes he needs to listen to anyone else.
Just look at his current assistant GM, Ryan Martin, who according to the Wings website is "primarily responsible for collective bargaining agreement administration and compliance, salary cap management, player contract research and analysis, and salary arbitration preparation." He's been in that position for 7 years. If that's his job, he's the worst in the NHL at it.