Hockey Widow wrote:I have to laugh at the notion that the old boys are not weasels and MG is. I mean really? The old boys are as weasely as it gets. Integrity, really? BB, Sather and their kind will fuck you over any chance they get. But when they dislike another GM or think another GM has wronged them, like the Oilers and Penner, look out. The wrath of the old boys freezing you out or making your life difficult because they think they set the rules for the game, come banging down.
Most fraternities are the same. Thin blue line and all of that. The unwritten rules club.
And since when did MG screw the cap? He went out and hired one of the best in the business to be our capologist. Together they did a terrific job managing the cap for us and getting us through some tricky situations. You may hate the trades he made or disliked some of his moves and non moves but he massaged the cap very well. Calgary, now there is a team that made some real cap blunders, so much so there were games one season they could not ice a full roster.
Hell Chicago made a serious blunder in not qualifying players by the deadline that put them in cap hell but even they managed to trade their way out of it, even if it did cost Tallon his job.
By the end I was with most, MG had to go. But let's not re-write history to go along with some lame ass narrative that MG was the worst thing since tofu was introduced to North America. I mean really...
Integrity and the NHL should not be mentioned in the same sentence unless it is to talk about the contrast between the two. These guys live to fuck each other over and make like they were the stand-up guy in the deal to all their peers. MG had no personal capital among the guys he found among his peers, and if he was voted top GM in 2011 there was no denying the moved he made at that time and the team's record justified it.
The Canucks flirting with the cap ceiling and inventive ways of staying under it would be, to the impartial observer, quite a feat and I'm glad Gilman is still around. I'm not going to sail around the buoy yet again about the Luongo contract, but suffice it to say that by the end nobody in the league appeared to have any time for MG. Given the state of the team and his state vis-à-vis the league could any other outcome have been foreseen? I get you, HW, but the boys had their one shot and after that the vultures closed in.
Love the Sport. Love the Team.
Hate the League.