Topper wrote:A year and a half ago, on the Vancouver roster, Manny was on par with Ebbett so the roster moves were not surprising. To suggest that the player he is for Carolina is the same as the player he was for the Canucks a year and a half ago is asinine at best.
No one suggested that, but it proves something...that he was a better player than the situation he was put in. He was struggling but the Carolina example is proof that he just needed more time and some responsibility and icetime. He was fighting the puck no doubt but the proof is in the pudding, the official story doesn't hold water.
The elephant is still there.
Meds wrote:Malhotra and Ballard will forever remain a mystery to me with Gillis. Both of them his acquisitions that had become "unusable" for this team, and he would sooner "lay one off" and buyout the other, rather than admit he was wrong and make a trade that may have seemed like something that was less than market value. It's like someone coming up to you and saying, "Hey, you know that car you are paying $100 to have a wrecker haul off to the yard? Well I'll give you $50 for it, I'll come pick it up and take it away so I can part it out." Gillis would probably say, "Fuck you, if I'm not gonna let you make a profit off of something of mine, I'd rather throw money away than make some and let you make more."
Apples & oranges. Had Malhotra not had the eye injury its conceivable we would have won the Cup. That was a major hit to the team. Between him & Kesler we were deadly on the draw and on the PK. Malhotra and Torres were as effective a 3rd line as there was at the time.
I wanted them to stand by Manny, he brought leadership to the room & his departure left a void. Hopefully they can bring him back as a coach someday. Put him in charge of improving faceoffs and the PK etc.