"And Bodee....again, it's not MG's fault....teams appear to be undervaluing Lu and I'm glad he (MG) seems to be standing firm. Sure, teams want to snap up other players but what he is doing is creating a situation where he's drawn a line in the sand and only serious bidders will be considered. Once Lu's gone, he's gone. We need to get valuable assets in return and if the right package hasn't been presented,
what is he to do? You're also forgetting that Lu has a hand in this and may be rejecting some of the teams/offers himself."
I'm sorry Deb but I think GM has made a noose for his own neck here.
He should never have said that either of the goalies were available publicly. I still remember being dumfounded at the way Luongo was publicly made to look surplus to requirements
As for deals, he can't get them done. For all his apparent hard nose attitude (as you see it) we never come away smelling of roses. Booth...a project, Florida were glad to ditch (along with Reinprecht) He could have hung on 1 year and Sammy AND Sturm were gone anyway. He made a huge blunder giving Sturm, with his critical injury history a year at $2,25 in the first place. (now back in Germany by the way)
Then we lose Hodgson AND Sulzer (a guy who is holding his own in the Buffalo team) for a young giant who "may" make a difference next year while taking Gragnani a duffer who never showed anything despite AV unsettling the team to avoid sending him down. In amongst that was the very very ordinary Pahlsson, who not surprisingly is back in Sweden.
Lastly there is Garrison someone who amazingly came as a ufa and landed a 6 year/$27.6 contract on the strength of one good season at ..........you've guessed it Florida (our Midas touch in reverse nemesis )
I'm sorry but much as I like GM in other respects his halo is slipping imo when it comes to getting what this team needs.
off topic to the section but i would like to say some points about what you wrote
i agree with quite a bit of what you said.
as for Booth, so far in his limited action as a canuck i would say he hasnt shown us the player we thought we were getting but lets give him a break still.
Garrison- I think we overpaid for him, when we allowed Salo to walk it was the best opportunity to allow Ballard and his 4.2m to actually be used properly. The thing i really dont like, is how Garrison isnt being used well at all on the PP, and who does that fall on the coach. He has a bomb of a shot, which we lost in Salo and he had 11 PP goals i believe last year far more than any canuck d man.
Ballard- This trade looked good at first but with his slow start he immediately became AV least favourite player. Hes been used so poorly his value and ice time has diminished, yes this year he is doing better, best to trade him now before he falters and gets in the doghouse again.
We also lost out on Howden, which in my opinion would have been nice to have around, compete with schroeder for playing time this year. Bernier was not a big loss, although he played a useful role with the devils last post season. grabner was a sniper that we havent had in how long, and he wasnt given a fair shot to play before we unloaded him.
The hodgson trade- Well thats too early to tell. I hated to seee him go because he has the skill to easily be a sniping playmaking top 6 forward in the league. Whats worse is losing Sulzer, I thought we was a great depth d man, better than barker, or alberts. But he too was never given a fair shot to show what he has in AV system, look at him now??
the one trade GM MG stole is obvious- erhoff, glad we had him glad we let him go for what he got paid and the term.
GM MG- Hasnt made the best FA offers: Sundin what an overpayment, sturm, not keeping samuelsson really hurt us in my opinion. garrison siging for 6 years @ 4.6m is a huge contract to give, i think he will be decent though, hope he gets used better.
But what he has done is keep lack luster players around for too long like Raymond, he has to go, hes yet to go get proven playoff performers who add grit, and scoring as once the regular season ends, we seem to have a harder time scoring especially when we play against a certain type of team, also that falls on the coach for not changing things up.