1. Lukowich came in our trade with Ehrhoff, he was a cap dump and was never expected to be a part of this team outside of depth on our AHL team. He was part of the price we paid for Ehrhoff.
2. Shannon was terrible I have no idea what you're talking about. Grabner and Tambellini, both players of a similar mold, were better players the moment they played on our team and still couldn't stick around here. 07-08 was possibly the weakest forward group we've had in 10 years and he still got sent down to the minors. End of the day we lost a player who'd spend his days in the AHL for us for another player who'd spend his days in the AHL. Regardless, this is nitpicking as you said.
3. Ellington was garbage. The guy can't even make it to the AHL four years later and wasn't even the best defenseman on the Salmon Kings. If that guy was not a bust I'm not sure what is.
Agreed on all the other points though.
Better reasons to dislike Gillis are:
1. Marco Sturm signing: Nobody give me some hindsight bull**** this was bad from the get go. Don't make me pull out an old thread, the majority here were embracing themselves for the worst the moment they heard this happen.
2. Johnson signing: For a guy known for his faceoff prowess he was nothing amazing and went below 50% in at least one of his years here. Anyone paying close attention realized he wasn't good on the PK (despite being advertised as such) as his routine shotblocks were predictable and teams would just fake a shot, wait for him to go down, then start passing it around what essentially became a 5-3. Used to piss me off so much. Oh, and he was a blackhole offensively and injury prone.
3. Sulzer trade: The guy didn't get any opportunities here and the moment he's traded he gets over 20 minutes a game in Buffalo. That's an incredible jump. We got back a player we didn't even re-sign or play in the playoffs. A 7th rounder would've been better. But more importantly, Buffalo saw untapped potential in Sulzer that we, for some reason, didn't which worries me. The player I saw in Buffalo ( my 2nd favourite team) was a lot better than Ballard/Tanev/Alberts/ and Rome. Even if there weren't space on our D-group, if MG thought SUlzer had talent he would've showcased him on the line-up (not unlike Hodgson).
I don't necessarily disagree with you at all actually. We differ about Shannon as I don't think he's as bad as you think he is and my point about Ellington was more that in retrospect Pahls did very little for this team.
Sturm was what he was. I wouldn't put that try out signing in as bad a category as Schaefer. Schaefer was much worse than Sturm. I elluded to him when talking about Morrison.
I would say the Johnson signing wasn't as bad as you're making it out to be. He wasn't bad in the circle but he was good with the blocked shots. He was a meh guy on the team.
Where we disagree the most is your use of the word dislike. Even going along with everything you said and I said in terms of mistakes I don't dislike him as a GM. The good has outweighed the bad but I think one has to be able to see the forest for the trees. This team is far superior to the team he took over. He kept the right guys and got rid of the right guys more often than not.I liked Nonis and wanted to see him carry out his 5 year plan but having said that...Gillis > Nonis. We'll see if he can do better than Burke but I think a good argument can be made that he's already built a better team. (and before all you come at me with Gullus Uzed Nunis nd Berkz pieces go find me a GM who built a contending team purely on their own draft picks. When you get handed a puzzle you don't credit the company that built the pieces when you put it together.)