Ya, well I get that the Hamhuis situation was complicated and no one came out a winner, it happens.Hockey Widow wrote:Although I initially blasted Benning for screwing the pooch on TDD, I have since backed off that.
Vrbata provided a list of teams in a cleaver way to minimize the likelihood of a trade. Nothing Benning could do there.
Hamhuis was coming off a horrific injury and only agreed to waive a few days before TDD. We all know how that went.
Where I think he screwed up was in not trying to move them either last summer or early January. I get his reasoning, we were suppose to be a playoff team. But I remember clearly Linden saying if we don't resign either we need to move them. Benning, IMHO, lacked the foresight needed to make this decision earlier.
One thing he has shown since he has been here is decisiveness but I think he lacked that in the cases of Vrbata and Hamhuis. By TDD it was really too late.
Vrbata however, different story.
That guy pretty much pissed away the whole season with his lack luster, hissy/pissy attitude of non inspirational play and emotion. Any respect I had for him is like way gone now.
FFS, it's his career too.
Not only did he hurt the team but himself too.
Either he's planning to go play baby boy hockey somewhere across the pond or just doesn't give a shit.