Not "desperation" at all. It's called intelligently-applied effort. They put in the work to ensure that they had shifted the odds in their favour as much possible, which Vancouver did not. Vancouver clearly assumed that, like Dan Hamhuis, they'd be given a gift and that Schultz would just want to play in his home town above all, growing up a Canuck fan. Whoops.
Knocking the Oilers for bringing in Gretzky really shows a level of immaturity on your part. An excellent strategy that in the end was successful.
This is pretty much my response:
Well who would you rather have? A local guy like Garrison who scored 16 goals last season, and who's dream it was to play for Canucks since he was a kid. Who even came out publicly and said that he wants to play for the Canucks.
Or some kid who's from here, hadn't proven anything at the pro level, and needed to be promised the moon to sign here?
You can't have both. Schultz's cap hit is too big. I know whoI'd choose.
I will add a few things however.
So promising the moon (Which in this case is a guarenteed top 4 spot without having to earn it) Is intelligence... Interesting logic there.
And why does everyone get the impression that just because someone is from here that they loved this team growing up and would want to play here, it's clear with some poeple we have and have had in the past that it's the case (Ronning, Tambellini, Garrison, Hamhuis, exc.)
But how do you know that is the case with Schultz? I don't remember an article or him every saying that he was a huge fan growing up, and if he was please bring it up. Being born in the province doesn't guarentee he will choose your team when there are better career opportunites avaliable.
So tell anyways how is that our mistake that we couldn't get him? If he didn't want to sign here? What more could we have don't besides promised the moon which wouldn't have happened anyways?
And my last bit on the Gretzky thing. I think it is a little excessive to bring the greatest player in the game's history out to talk to the kid, who has no current affiliation with the club, just because you want him.
That's my opinion, you don't have to agree. But that's going a little over board in my opinion. I understand they want him bad but is going that far to convince him really that necessary? It reminds me of the length's Collage Football programs go to try to recruit players. And I don't think we need that same kind of propaganda in our free agency system.