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by Paul on 07/07/12 at 10:16 PM ET
from Jeff Kuehn of The Oakland Press,
Holland has taken somewhat of a beating this week on social media for failing to deliver on the league’s two big-name free agents.
Hard to be too tough on a GM who has helped bring four Stanley Cups to Detroit. Hard to imagine someone else out there who could have done any better than that.
Parise and Suter both got $98 million dollars for the next 13 years. One has to wonder if Parise and Suter are worth that much? Last time I checked, hockey is a team game.
To date, Holland has upgraded Detroit’s roster by signing free agents Jordan Tootoo (Nashville), forward Mikael Samuelsson (Florida) and netminder Jonas Gustavsson (Toronto). Tootoo brings much-needed grit and energy, Samuelsson should provide help on the power play and Gustavsson will push Jimmy Howard to be better.
There are still free agents available who can fill the missing parts. Shane Doan (Phoenix) would look great in a Red Wings uniform. So would Alexander Semin (Washington).
As Holland has said, many of the solutions for Detroit’s first round exit from the playoffs this past year are already here.
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