D-Money Posted December 6, 2016 Share Posted December 6, 2016 15 minutes ago, S'all Good Man said: So what? The so what is this - are the Blackhawks handcuffed? You don't have to tire fire the organization's prospects the way MG did to achieve success. When you run down that history it breaks down like this: 1. resigning a lot of guys that wanted to be here that Burke and Nonis worked hard to get and draft. 2. Near total drafting disaster. 3. Litany of low quality signings - yah that Lee Sweatt deal was remarkable GM-ing. 4. Anchor contracts like Ballard & Booth. 5. A few good signings like Hamhuis but I still think had he treated Willie Mitchell properly we would have been better off and could have really used Willie's leadership vs BOS. Burke and Nonis brought the core in. They were invested in being here. Sure Gillis kept them but look at that Luongo contract - that alone is in the top 5 worst NHL contracts ever and may really come back to hurt us. If Lu retires early it could cost us 8.5 million in 2021 in cap space. Sure the league was involved, but Gillis is responsible for circumventing the cap in such a way that the league had to act - imagine if they allowed that? Every team would act as if they'd have guys playing until 45. It was idiotic. Low quality signings? GTFO. The best UFA signing in Canucks history is probably Hamhuis. One of the best FA steals in recent memory was Samuelsson. Malhotra would have been another one had it not been for the eye injury. Sundin and Demitra were no slouches, and helped shape the culture of the team. And how's that Tanev guy working out? ...Lee Sweatt? Seriously? You point to a low-risk depth move to prove something? I see your Lee Sweatt, and raise you Marc Chouinard, Byron Ritchie, and Brad frickin' Isbister. As for Mitchell, at the time Willie went to FA it was unknown if he would ever be able to play again, let alone well. He wasn't even medically cleared to sign a contract until close to the beginning of the season. A contending team couldn't sit on their hands and hope he'd pan out. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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