<p>Just started to think back now on some critical organizational decisions made the past few years and thinking whether decisions made/not made in the new regime are coming back to bite us?
1) Schultz - tearing up the AHL, and while there was a push, decides on the Oilers; now knowing Edler/Garrison have injury issues and K-Conn is having an average year....did not getting him and being with another conference team going to cost us?
2) Luongo and his contract - at first everyone loved his contract and now with the murky new CBA, he may never be offloaded or if he does get traded, is dealt for less than he could of been...was his massive contract going to hamper the team's needs?
3)Hodgson - no need to go into this one; but with Kesler battling 'major injuries' and rumors he's still a ways away/may never regain his former game (wrist/shoulder injuries) plus add the fact we traded him for another 'question mark' - did it not make sense to either get back a centermen or keep Hodgson as C depth that appears needed now?
4)Drafting Pat McNally - was our only high pick that year (no 1st rounder) and now he's developmentally in limbo (Harvard school issues)
5) Sami Pahlsson = waste of a pickup (given away high picks) and then moved to the SEL
6) Corrado = plays well but then gets surprising cut; Gaunce injured and can't even try out for junior tournie = both a step back for development?
7) Lockout = this isn't the teams' fault, but every time there's a decision for the league to do a lockout, the Canucks suffer significantly on the ice(see 94, 04 and TBD for 2012?)
I can only think of one decisions in hindsight which turned out well = acquiring Higgins/Lapierre/Torres who were instrumental in the last cup finals run....There could be more to add to this list that I'm missing, but does it seem lately decisions are not favoring the organization?
1) Definetly a huge mistake, because we can just snap our fingers and get any player to choose our team over everyone else. But seriously, We did everything we could, he just didn't choose us.
2) Yeah it doesn't seem like the right thing, back then it looked alot better than it did now, so hindsight is a luxury that is kinda unfair to the process at the time, no one could have predicted what has happened back when we made the deal. So in hindsight yes it wasn't the right call but it is hindsight. And I don't think it will affect our ability to move him, teams want him still and if we really want to get rid of his that bad we could have already given in to the other teams prices, but it will probably affect the ultimate value of the return, not significantly but a bit.
3) Hodgson didn't want to be here, what we got in return is something that we don't have, and once developed is nearly impossible to acquire, Kassian brings intangables you can't put a reasonable price on, plus we already have Schroeder, and with him having a good season last year it probably gave us more confidence that we could make that more. And we also have Gaunce is on the way aswell, so I don't think we made a mistake.
4) No I like the pick, if he can get in the right situation I think he can still continue his development without flaw but this lockout is bad news for him at the moment, hopefully something comes up but I am optimistic he will still continue to develop.
5) We gave up nothing, The picks aren't high at all. Sammy wasn't bad in his time here atleast I thought, didn't pay the dividends we hoped but this isn't unexpected. It was a need, and we got it without giving up anything really. So I don't think it was a mistake at all, infact it was a good move as far as I'm concerned.
6) Corrado was an outstanding steal, no way he was predicted to have become this good, I don't know how you can ever bring him up as a mistake. And Gaunce was battling an injury and is actually playing fine now. His production will drop but under the circumstances, I'm not worried. And I definetly don't see it as a mistake, I was happy he fell and I am still happy we managed to get him where we did.
7) I do worry about this, each time is different so I don't think looking back and seeing things didn't turn out well (Aside from 94/95 cause I think it affected us much if at all that year, we still had the season we should have, atleast on paper) doesn't have any correlation as to what could happen this time, although if the season gets wiped out it is something to think about.