See if you can imagine this scenario. It's 1:45 am and the bartender has just announced last call. All of your top choices have already left with somebody else, and the ugly lights are about to come on. You've had some good conversations with your first couple of picks but things didn't quite connect. You know there's some choices left out there, but you're kind of aware of the baggage that each party brings to the table.
That has to be how Ken Holland felt this morning after watching Minnesota take Zach Parise and Ryan Suter off the market. But fear not Red Wings faithful. The prettiest dance partner may have picked somebody else, but Detroit has no shortage of options left.
What Holland must avoid is desperation. He made a declaration of aggressiveness, but can't make a deal now just for the sake of making a deal. There are still some solid choices out there, but don't get sucked into a bidding war for sub par talent.
If the season started today, the Red Wings would still boast one of the most talented rosters in the league. It's always nice to add new toys to the box, but don't buy new ones just because you can.
Remember folks, it's not about adding the best players, it's about co-ordinating the best fit on the roster and the ice. Nobody inside or outside of Los Angeles thought the Kings were going to win the Stanley Cup in late April.
The lights are about to come on Kenny, you're running out of time. Other teams are closing in, so here are your best options.