No. I said Bernier was thought highly enough to be offer sheeted. He was signed to an offer sheet. And it was retaliatory. Are they mutually exclusive?Vader wrote: YOU said Bernier was an example of a highly regarded player worthy of an offer sheet and now you're saying it wasn't a legitimate offer sheet, but rather a retaliatory offer sheet. You're doing the exact opposite of what RD does - You're being a cheerleader of every move the guy makes even though the trade was clearly a bust.
To me, most of those moves are a lot of MEH. Taylor Ellington plays in Europe. Steve Bernier was regarded highly enough to be offer-sheeted by St Louis. The Ballard trade was a disaster, but the Ehrhoff deal probably got us to the finals. Higgins and Lapierre trades also had a huge impact on this team. We gave up nothing for Booth, except cap space. At the time it was low-risk, high reward. You're acting like Connauton is some kind of top prospect, he's a bottom-pairing guy on Dallas. The Kassian deal was youth-for-youth, and the jury is still out. Kassian hasn't put up points, and Hodgson still can't be responsible in his own zone.
Not really sure where you get the cheerleader bullshit from. Just because most of us around these parts don't soil ourselves with contempt and anger and overreact to every little thing that goes wrong, does not make us cheerleaders. I acknowledge the Ballard trade was a disaster and Booth hasn't performed up to expectations. Apart from that there's a whole fuckload of MEH trades that are pretty much par for the league.
Jesus. San Jose hasn't won a cup either, I wonder if people over there still tear their hair out about giving away Ehrhoff for nothing, or giving up Bernier and the pick that became Tyler Ennis for a couple months of Brian Campbell?
For all your bitching about Gillis' poor trades you'd think he'd traded away Cam Neely or something.
Christ, can you imagine if Gillis traded away the pick that became Wayne Simmonds for Brent Sopel, like the Wizard Nonis did? He'd be lynched!