asq2 wrote:I really don't think there's anything to say other than "stay the course."
Sign Pahlsson, or don't. They're fine either way.
According to you, and your above statement, there are no areas on the Red Wings that need improvement.
OK, let's compare.
Stanley Cup Champions
Record: 54-21-7, 115 points
257 GF, 1st in the West, 3rd overall
184 GA, 1st overall
PP 20.8% 1st in the West, 3rd overall
PK 84.0 % 7th in the West, 8th overall
Finished last ten games 7-2-1
Stanley Cup--lost to Pittsburgh in Final
No President's Trophy--finished 3rd overall, 2nd in West
Record: 51-21-10, 112 points
295 GF, 1st in the West, 1st overall
244 GA, 10th in the West, 19th overall
PP 25.5% 1st in the West, 3rd overall
PK 78.3% 13th in the West, 25th overall
Finished last ten games 3-6-1
So...areas where Detroit declined:
Lost Stanley Cup Championship
Lost President's Trophy
Slipped in West standings from 1st to 2nd, overall 1st to 3rd
GA ballooned from 184 to 244, from 1st overall to 19th
PK declined almost 6%, slipped from 8th overall to 25th
Finished season losing 7 of last 10 games
Should the Wings 'stay the course'--as you suggest--that would mean they would decline further next year in the above areas.
As for your casual "fine either way" attitude...that is not how teams build champions.
Given Mr. Holland's proven insistence on excellence and consistent improvement, one doubts he feels the Wings are "fine either way".