"One-dimensional players are almost extinct," Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "The game is faster than ever. Teams that used to want a physical and intimidation factor on the fourth line now are more interested in having four lines that can contribute offensively and play with discipline to stay out of the penalty box."
"We've just had a lot of left-shot defensemen, and it's hard to find defensemen who can create offense," Holland said. "You either draft them and kind of develop them, or you've got to be lucky to make a big trade for one or get one as a free-agent signing ... so certainly, today was a great day to add a defenseman who can provide offense, join the rush, shoots right and give our team another dimension."