Mondi wrote:Not the guy who couldn't trade Luongo.
yeah not making that trade sunk AV and his coaching hopes.
Not the guy who flipped Grabner and a first for Ballard.
No, but he was the guy who didn't like Grabner's day to day effort and WAS the reason Grabner fell on the depth chart and was made expendable.
Not the guy who decided to resign Mason Raymond, and retain Manny Malhotra.
No, but he is the guy who continually used Raymond on the second line and PP unit instead of on the third line and PK supporting role. Malhotra-he is the one that played Malhotra in every significant defensive zone faceoff...I'm sure he wanted nothing more than Malhotra to remain and to give him that chance.
Not the guy who thought Derek Roy was the answer.
Oh please. Roy was brought in for center ice depth. It didn't work just like most deadline deals. Get over it.
Not the guy who let Erhoff go in favour of Edler.
He's also not the D-man that thought he was worth far more than players better than him.....
Every single GM in the league makes the call Gillis made. And really Edler isn't worse than Ehrhoff even with his struggles.
Not the guy who let Salo walk.
Seriously? Changes! We need changes! Just don't touch anyone on the roster!
Not the guy who offered Mats Sundin and Pavol Demitra huge contracts.
the dressing room still talks about how important those months with Sundin were. Demitra...they needed secondary scoring and not in the form of Isbister.
he is, however, the guy who simply couldn't make necessary in game and between game adjustments the last couple of years. They are the guys who couldn't put together special teams that would work in the playoffs.
I thought AV did a great job here, and was a guy with a lot of humility and pride. A guy who didn't exude arrogance, but was still appropriately confident.
Good luck AV.
And he did do a great job. But it had clearly become stale. I think that had the season not been a shortened one he would have been gone at Christmas in all honesty. And it isn't an excuse, the shortened season really did mess things up from an operational point of view. How messed up was it? Well geez the Leafs made the playoffs! You don't get more messed up than that.
This was a obvious move and I honestly can't believe people were worrying it wasn't going to happen.