The idea that we've lost Grabner, Malhotra, Salo, Erhoff, Schneider and Hodgson and either not replaced them or replaced them with worse players in crazy. 2011 isn't that long ago, but it feels like an eternity by the way Bold Moves Mike has handled this roster (even if some of it isn't his fault).
Malhotra was a shell of his former self after the eye injury. At least Richardson can play the game without being a threat to himself.
Salo is too old, and Garrison is a better D-man.
Ehrhoff is not a guy you drop a decade-long contract on.
Schneider we'll have to wait-and-see... a top-10 pick in a potentially generational draft could turn out nicely for us.
Grabner and Hodgson... yeah, Ballard sure didn't pan out, but Grabner didn't stick with the Panthers either. Maybe we should've dumped Raymond for him, but woulda-coulda. The guy wasn't getting the trust of his coach with his one-way style and he was eligible for waivers at the time of the trade. Kind of a tough spot. Hodgson was a talent we could still use, but not at the expense of having a rookie placing demands on a team with Sedin-Kesler at 1-2 Centre. The return could've possibly been better (I havent' seen any other trade rumours around him), but let's see how Kassian pans out. It's not like Hodgson went for a rental player.