J.I.A.H.N Posted June 27, 2015 Share Posted June 27, 2015 When we hired Benning, I don't think he could see what has transpired in the last 24 hours, but I do think he should have been able to evaluate what teams had a better chance of making the playoffs and what team were climbers, and which were fallers. Benning should have realized coming from Boston, that being at or near the top of the cap is not a good thing if your team is aging and you have RFA's and UFA's to resign in the next year. Benning should have realized that signing Miller was not a good thing and would put us too tight to that cap the following year. I believe that Benning should have been able to forecast our pro talent level and our prospect talent level and been able to compare that with the rest of the league. Later on in 2014 - 2015 season, he should have been able to evaluate, that even though we were winning, we were doing it on an aging core, a rookie, and some hot goaltending, as well as those teams that were having bad years because of injuries. Benning should have came to a conclusion that many of us had and that is a changing of the guard was needed and that a major inclusion of young talent would be needed just to catch up to the Calgary's and Edmonton's. This does bring us to the first round of this years draft, and although I do not agree with the players Boston chose, Benning should have been able to recognized that the Canucks needed to make those same type of changes, as Edmonton, Boston, Buffalo and the Islanders made and attempted to acquire higher top end picks and prospects. Reading the Boston HF Boards, they are not really angered at the trades Sweeney made, only the picks he took. Most of the Boston fans recognized that it was needed and changes needed to happen. Again, we needed to make some of those same changes...you can not be afraid to move top end players or prospects, if what you replace it with makes you stronger. Maybe we could not have gotten into the top ten, but Boston's picks could have been much better, and why they didn't pick Brazal with one of the 3 confuses me.....and a whole lot of Boston fans, evidently. Our pick at 23 was solid and I have no complaint with it, but "IF" we could have worked our way into a similar position as Boston, or grabbed Edmonton's 16th and 33rd for Hamhuis and Lack, we should have worked it out. I think you need to accumulate picks if you are declining, and work those picks and your other assets into prime 1st and 2nd line draft prospects, as it is very simple to move/buy the lower 2 lines and # 5,6, 7, 8 defensemen, and so much harder to accumulate high end prospects. For me it is a pay me now or pay me later scenario, and I would much have preferred,pay now, while our older core had value, next year at the deadline they will have less, and after that they will either walk away free or we will be resigning old, aging talent. I think Benning has made many mistakes since he has been here, too many for one year, really! But the question for me is who is pulling the strings? Did Aquallini hire a "YES" man? I am disappointed today, and disappointed with this last year. Was it really worth getting those last 4 points, or even getting into the playoffs this last year. We seen a lot of moves today, and my call is that those that made the moves are in a better place because of it. Sure didn't take Boston long to resign McQuaid after lowering their cap, did it? I am sure most of their deals were agreed upon before they resigned him. PS...........nice job Buffalo and Islanders! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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