Ken Holland, the Red Wings GM, has been famous throughout the NHL for his acquisitions at the trade deadline. Making the rich, richer. The Red Wings are perennially in the Elite of the NHL, and Holland, always seems to make his team better, right at the deadline, for a stronger push into the playoffs. Memorable pick-ups of the past are: Chris Chelios, Robert Lang, Ken (Red Light) Wreggett, and Igor Larionov... just to name a few... which really is just a few of the great pick-ups Holland has made in the past. The guy really is a wizard. But in the "New NHL"... the Wings were forced to cut their payroll in half... and have been living life within $500,000 of the salary cap all season. Even though no one expected the Wings to be able to do much, many Red Wings fans held their breath in anticipation of what the Wizard may be able to pull off. Turns out, it was pretty much nothing, although he really didn't have much to work with. With the loss of Jiri Fischer, Defense was a small question mark... and Goal-tending is a big question mark... Manny Legace is having a very stellar season, compared to previous years, but has traditionally not been strong in the playoffs. And Chris Osgood is a proven Stanley Cup winner, but Coach Mike Babcock seems to have little faith in him. So most Wings fans were hoping for something along the lines of a Goal-tending change at the deadline. Here's what Holland did: He traded little used Defenseman Jamie Rivers to Phoenix for a 7th round pick in the 2006 draft. And they traded a 2007 4th round pick to Pittsburgh for a decent Defenseman Cory Cross. Cross isn't going to make a huge contribution, however, they are expecting him to make the regular rotation as a 5th or 6th defenseman. So, much to the chagrin of Wings fans, there were no fireworks. No praising of Holland's genius... But he did have this to say in the Detroit Free Press: "We weren't looking to do anything significant," Holland said. "Why do something significant? I think we've got five, six, seven players on our team that can play better. ... I still think as a team and individually, we can raise our game. So, again, why look to make a major overhaul at this stage of the game?" And last time that I looked, the Wings were bouncing between 1st place and 2nd place with the Carolina Hurricanes... So, maybe Holland knows what he's doing.