supermanbieksa Posted July 25, 2013 Share Posted July 25, 2013 Searched the forums and didn't really find a topic like this, I apologise right now if a thread like this has already been made. Mike Gillis gets flamed alot on this board, but what are the best/worst moves he has done as a gm of thsi franchise over the years he's been here? In my opinion he has made some great and some bad decisions. The best moves 1. Signing of Hamhuis, our most important d in my opinion. 2. Signing of Ehrhoff(regardless of what happened when his contract expired, we couldn't match the offer the Sabres offered him) 3. Signing of Demitra, this signing showed that big names wanted to sign here. 4. Finding Tanev, Tanev was under the radar for many teams and MG just went and picked him up. (he just has to re-sign him...) 5. Are many split opinions on this one but Sundin signing. I believe he was a major factor in Keslers development. and at that moment we hade the cap space to sign him at that salary. 6. Signing Manny Malhotra, he was a key component in the 10/11 season, just so unlucky with the injury. The worst moves 1. The whole Luongo/Schneider controversy that he put on the team, after all that we only ended up with a 9th overall pick and a pissed off Luongo 2. Grabner + 1st for Ballard. Looked ok at the moment, but we had just signed Hamhuis for a top four role, and ballard simply aint a bottom pair d-man. Meanwhile Grabner has developed into a solid top 6 forward, and is one of the fastest skaters in the game. I guess Gillis was considering either Raymond or Grabner for this trade and if we look at it know, Grabner > Raymond. And who know that would have happend with the 1st round pick if we still had it. can't remember who Florida picked with the pick though. 3. Hodgson + Sulzer for Kassian + Gragnani. It might be that Hodgson really wanted to leave, but I really didn't like what MG said to the media after the trade, shows little respect to the players on the organisation. And it didn't send a good message to players who might want to come here in the future. 4. Letting Torres walk, Torres was a force of nature when he was on his game. and the rumours says he tried to trade for him at this years deadline, which just shows how big of a mistake it was to let him walk. 5. This one might just be me but Connauton + 2nd for Roy. Just a bad move IMO, Roy was not the player we needed at the moment and Roy had close to no impact what so ever in the playoffs. So we basically just gave away a decent prospect and a valuable pick in a deep draft for a bad short-term solution. That's my take on Gillis, you will probaly disagree and agree at some points. Cheers! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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