1. Trading a first round pick and Grabner (a former first rounder) for Ballard and Oreskovich. Grabner was on the verge of being a solid top 6 forward. His 16 goals this year are more than Canuck. Ballard, despite a cap hit of over $4 million cannot even crack the line-up and rates below a career depth D (Alberts) and a guy playing junior 3 weeks ago. Would love to have Grabner now, not to mention a first round pick who might also in the top 6 by now.
2. Letting Salo and Torres walk when they wanted to stay and would have taken low salaries. After the 2010-2011 season they both want two year deals but MG would not bite. Big mistake. Would love to have those guys on the team now and they were willing to accept below market salaries.
3. Trading Hodgson for Kassian. This year Hodgson scored 15 goals -- also more than anyone on the Canucks. Kassian might still become good, but right now he is a 4th liner. H. is another top 6 forward MG basically gave away.
4. Letting Ehrhoff walk. He probably would stayed for maybe $5.1 million. Could have kept him if we had not picked up Ballard. Had 23 pts this year and led Buffalo in plus/minus. And maybe we would not have had the cap room to pick up Booth, whose cap hit of over 4 million has been a complete waste.
5. Keeping AV too long. No longer has the ear of the players. A pretty good coach, but a change is needed.
Undo these moves and I have the Canucks as this year's Cup favorite. Same top 4 D and Ehrhoff and Salo as well! And a much better top 9 forward group.
I admit a similar exercise could be done for other teams. But is interesting (to me at least) to consider how things might have gone.
Edited by JamesB, 03 May 2013 - 11:26 PM.