It's a guess, yes, just like you're guessing that Dreger somehow has an axe to grind with Aquilini.
Do you remember what happened in '07-'08? We had won the division and advanced to round two of the playoffs the year before, out of nowhere. A lot of people saw us making a big step ahead that year. Things were going good, and then an epic collapse happened I believe right around the deadline and up to the close of the year, causing us to miss the playoffs.
If Nonis would've acquired Richards, which he was under heavy pressure to do, we likely would've ended up winning our division, making the playoffs, and then who knows what would've happened (Dallas, who acquired Richards, ended up going to the WCF). I find it hard to believe that Aquilini would've fired Nonis if he acquired Richards, and we ended up winning our division, yes. He would have no basis to - similar to why Gillis didn't fire AV, when he first arrived, and hasn't since - there's really no basis to it.
Nonis not acquiring Richards, or any other significant help, was the reason for his demise.
Not sure why I bother to read your posts honestly as you clearly either don't bother to read other people's, or can't be bothered to process what they actually said.
To repeat what your coveted source said:
"Sources say the Lightning asked the Canucks for talented forward Ryan Kesler and coveted defenceman Alex Edler.
Nonis backed off and said Aquilini supported his decision at the time following a push to get the deal done."
And what makes you assume Richards would have caused the Canucks to win the division? That is noob-think. Without the players that would have gone the other way - and evidently Feaster was asking too much (ie Kesler and Edler) - the Canucks were going nowhere in a hurry anyhow.
I'm relieved Nonis had the sense to say no to that deal. Not surprised however that you have your short term 7.8 millon dollar star-blinders on, and assume Richards would have improved the team. That would have been a disastrous move.
Edited by oldnews, 06 October 2012 - 10:08 AM.