When Gillis initially signed the Sedins for 4 years at 7 per, most on here and elsewhere didn't take exception to it. NOW, it looks like a terrible blunder. Imagine, 4 months or so after the signing, your first line (18 million a year) and their production drops off a cliff, the team falls out of playoff contention. Who knew!? I made an assertion that they should have been traded last year and before even (they peaked and are past due and they were at max trade value , but that's moot now). The comments/sentiments on here are unbelievable sometimes - loyalty beyond reason.
Anyways, I kinda feel for Gillis... and Torts. I mean what the hell can ya do? It's almost unbelievable how frickin shitty they're playing - no one could have for-seen this. BUT, ole Gillis got to revel in the Sedin induced glory in the 2011, and now he may have to undertake a Sedin-induced burial (so-to-speak) (the glory and the misery of it all).
This scenario right now reminds me of '95, on paper we had a frikin awesome team with Bure, Linden, Gelinas, Mogilny, etc, but inexplicably they dropped of a cliff too and Pat Quinn was axed because of it.
I think it's becoming painfully apparent, even to the die hard loyalist, sentimentality only gets you so far (maybe the approval of others on a hockey board who cling to yesterday?).
The piece I really don't get though, is as we move fwd in this transition time (and it's one that really needs to be navigated in an intelligent fashion), WHY does the mindset prevail that the Sedin's are untouchables? Like WTF? They look anemic, and their brand of leadership is bound to be TOXIC to up an comers (maybe toxic is over-stating it, but they can't frikin lead by example) (oh here is how you hang onto a puck on a powerplay as you skate through the slot and DON'T shoot for gawd sakes cause... there's bound to be pass available to my brother somewhere instead) OK- i digress, but jeese.
Probably saying the obvious, but the fact that the Sedins have the rich contract that they do, means we'll never be able to unload them - too heavy. Now Gillis is probably going to drown cause of that weight. Perhaps the most exciting form of entertainment as a Nuck fan this year, will be watching the drama that unfolds in the front office and observe the endless speculation about who we get for what...if ever.