Plus, when a team goes out and grabs the best available piece at the trade deadline, it’s a given that great things are expected. The thing is, that team wasn’t good. His worst trades included Anson Carter for a fifth-round pick, Geoff Sanderson for a third-rounder, Mike Sillinger for Darryl Sydor and then trading Sydor for Alexander Stitov, and Travis Green for a sixth-rounder. The Flyers signed Vincent Lecavalier even though scoring hasn't been an issue for the team. Teams know the Senators are over a barrel; I can’t see many GMs giving Dorion a deal. He was named GM of the year for 2010-11 and went downhill from there. Glen Sather’s Rangers have been successful recently, but that wasn’t always the case under the controversial GM. It could have been a colossal gaffe for the franchise, and the Flames are lucky that Colorado matched the offer. Brule played a total of 146 games for Columbus before moving on. He also dealt a top-10 pick to the New York Islanders for an over-the-hill Trevor Linden. The NHL has put a pause on any increase in the salary cap so teams who bank on having a little extra money to work with each year will have to make some difficult decisions. the Glendale City Council of NHL … Rarely are a team’s problems that clear-cut and easy to address. He took a team that went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 and he has tore it apart piece by piece. The Christian Ehrhoff, Ville Leino and Tyler Myers contracts are principal reasons why he should have been shown the door. The general perception is that the Caps took their shot, missed and are now relegated to also-ran status, where they’ll stay for a few seasons on a slow decline into mediocrity. The Canucks' roster Vigneault was given wasn't good enough to win, and that was Gillis' fault. The Canucks looked to be set in net for years to come with veteran Roberto Luongo and upstart Cory Schneider sharing the crease, but after Gillis’s bumbling he ended up with neither of them. They went on to lay out a plan for acquiring futures in exchange for current assets, in an attempt to build another contender in the near future. 1 center, so they decided to offer sheet Ryan O'Reilly. The Capitals were once a powerhouse team with a group of stars. NHL Rumors: Jets, Golden Knights, Oilers, Bruins, More, 5 Worst Avalanche/Nordiques Draft Classes of All-Time, Gord Downie, Hockey, and the Tragically Hip, Lightning: Getting Cap Relief Through the Tyler Johnson Contract, Jets’ Best Trade Partners for Patrik Laine, 3 Free Agent Defencemen the Penguins Could Target, A Look at the Sabres’ Forwards & How They Might Co-exist, Rangers Have Some Strong, Young Prospects in the Pipeline. Holland has been the GM of the Detroit Red Wings since 1997. Every GM in history has made positive moves along the way, but there are others who take backwards steps or make moves which don’t really have any affect at all on their squads. The rumour allegedly involved the players playing music over Dorion and refusing to turn it down. Gillis overpaid for free agents Manny Malhotra and Marco Sturm and fired head coach Alain Vigneault in May of 2013. Years ago, many of them took on the dual role coach and GM while in the modern era we have general managers dishing out a lot of responsibilities to one or more assistants. Some of his worst trades include Michal Handzus for Kyle Calder, Dennis Seidenberg for Petr Nedved, Jeremy Roenick for future considerations, Danny Markov for a third-round pick, Dmitry Yushkevich for a seventh-rounder, Kent Manderville for Bill Tibbetts, Dean McAmmond for a fourth round-pick, Kevin Stevens for John Slaney, John Vanbiesbrouck for a fourth-rounder, Kevin Dineen for a third and seventh-round pick, Paul Coffey for a fifth-round pick, and Patrick Sharp for Matt Ellison. Yes, they are in line for another high first-round draft choice. The most LOL-worthy things the Internet has to offer. (Charles LeClaire / USA TODAY Sports). Since Sittler possessed a no-trade clause in his contract, Imlach tried to hurt him by trading away Sittler’s winger and best friend Lanny McDonald to the Colorado Rockies along with Joel Quenneville for Wilf Paiement and Pat Hickey. The team is an overall mess, and George McPhee has been at the center of it all. And yes, there is already some very promising talent in the pipeline. Even if they were able to package the two, the team that takes them on would have all the leverage in the negotiation; Ottawa would get very, very little in return.eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_7',676,'0','0'])); Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion may have missed his best chance to secure a fair return for Erik Karlsson. Years ago, many of them took on the dual role coach and GM while in the modern era we have general managers dishing out a lot of responsibilities to one or more assistants. Even though the buyout is terrible, Holmgren used the CBA to his advantage by getting rid of Bryzgalov and Danny Briere, and it looked like he had learned from his past mistakes. (Puck Daddy). Paul Holmgren has been a terrible GM for the Philadelphia Flyers. Mike Gillis was Canucks GM from 2008 to 2014, but he seemed to lose any direction over the course of a year between 2011 and 2012. Stellick also dealt Al Secord to the Flyers for a fifth round pick and Miroslav Frycer to Detroit for Darren Veitch. They’ll certainly be under less pressure, thanks to MacLellan’s manipulation of their public perception. What MacLellan did this past summer was control the expectations of the public, thereby taking the pressure off the Capitals in 2017-18 – and beyond. The duties of NHL general managers have changed throughout history. Peter Chiarelli, Boston Bruins. It is surprising that McPhee is still at the helm, because he hasn't been an asset for his franchise over the past few seasons. Thus far the prospects have not progressed as planned, and the freed up cap space went to Ilya Bryzgalov. The New York Rangers, helmed by GM Jeff Gorton, did what I think a lot more teams – and the NHL, for that matter – should do: tell the truth. But, on the whole, what message has Benning sent to the fan base other than the Canucks are going absolutely nowhere? More than a few eyebrows were raised this week when Ron Francis was removed as GM of the Carolina Hurricanes. I can’t help but think Francis’ inaction at the trade deadline had a lot to do with his removal as GM. The New Jersey Devils are not a sure thing to make the playoffs, but they are exponentially better than most people predicted. A logical reading of the Devils is that they are, perhaps, overperforming to some degree, seeming to dictate they should stick to the development plan they have in place, riding their current wave as far as it will go. Rejean Houle was in charge of the Canadiens between 1995 and 2000 and a lot of Habs fans believe he was nothing short of a disaster. In addition, Stellick drafted Steve Bancroft, Scott Thornton and Rob Pearson all in the first round from the nearby Bellville Bulls in 1989. When it comes to the NHL, the “manager” in “general manager” primarily concerns the job requirement to manage an organisation’s hockey-specific personnel, most notably the representation of said organisation in drafting, player transactions and overall team composition. Torts was a terrible fit for the Canucks and was axed after one season in which the Canucks missed the postseason. Age: 63. So there might be hope yet. MacLean drafted Gilbert Brule sixth overall in 2005 and then tried to rush him straight into the NHL. If the Colorado Avalanche decided not to match the offer sheet, the Flames wouldn't have been able to sign him. Regier has survived while owners have come and gone, but he shouldn't still be in charge. The most infamous was the trading of speedy forward Russ Courtnall to the arch enemy Montreal Canadiens for enforcer John Kordic and a sixth-round draft pick. Gerry McNamara was in charge of the Leafs from 1981 to 1988 and miraculously made the playoffs four times in seven seasons with a winning percentage of just .367. Again, I do recognise Eugene Melnyk’s hands-on, penny-pinching ownership style likely has a lot to do with Dorion’s actions (or lack thereof). Founded the SportsXpress magazine and website in Canada after moving from England. Hockey fans are going to reap the benefits of the cap hell many teams find themselves in. GMs are a bit like politicians; their main focus is to keep their job. O'Reilly was still playing overseas after the lockout was over, so he wouldn't be able to clear waivers automatically. Most teams would be content to try and make the playoffs, squeezing out at least two games’ worth of playoff revenue. Sather’s on this list because he put together some pretty bad teams when clubs were able to spend as much as they liked. Paiement was then traded a couple of seasons later for Miroslav Frycer. The Leafs never had one winning campaign under McNamara and finished the 1984-85 season 32 games below .500 with just 20 wins. He then shipped Linden out 15 months later for a first-round pick which Milbury wasted on Branislav Mezei with the 10th overall selection. Here is one man's opinion on the worst GMs in the NHL. However, he dealt away Darryl Sittler to Philadelphia for Rich Costello, Ken Strong and a second-round draft choice and traded a first-round pick to New Jersey, which turned out to be Scott Niedermayer, for Tom Kurvers. And then says, “I hope they got the message,” after trying to trade “generational” defenseman Erik Karlsson. By Peter Ferrell March 10th, 2018. The ‘Canes have been playing structurally sound hockey for a number of years now, let down only by an anemic offense and subpar goaltending. Regardless of the level of Melnyk’s involvement though, it’s Dorion who has to wear it. But then that went down the tubes once Holmgren found his checkbook. On the surface, that’s a bit of a weird strategy. Over 2 million monthly readers now come to THW for their hockey fix. It has been two years since Luongo went on the block, and Gillis decided to hold out for better offers. NHL general managers left their annual March meetings in Florida filled with optimism. However, there are some pretty basic best practices that, should GMs choose to make use of them, will more than likely land them in good stead. The general manager is also normally the person who hires and fires the coaching staff, including the head coach. Founded in 2009, The Hockey Writers is a premier destination for news and information on everything hockey. He acquired Larry Landon for Gaston Gingras, John Gibson and Bill Harris for Ian Turnbull and a fifth-rounder for Pat Hickey. NHL Power Rankings: General managers New Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamiorello says he will do every little thing possible in order to bring winning and success back to a winning tradition.

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