There are a lot of bad teams in the NHL this season. And for the bad teams, go to the bad CEOs who built them.
It’s an open secret that being a GM NHL is perhaps the safest job in the history of industrialized society. These guys are resilient, rarely witness the ax drop at the top of the table and allow mediocre executives to continue making poor management decisions as long as membership in the Boys’ Club Their ex-boyfriend is still there.
Honestly, change is long overdue.
So here are four GMs whose rear end is hotter than the core of Mount Vesuvius.
4. Chuck Fletcher, Philadelphia
When Chuck Fletcher arrived in Philadelphia in December 2018, expectations quickly changed.
The Flyers simply needed a fresh dose of blood in the front office that had been ruled by Paul Holmgren for years. Their core was built. Their prospects were close. All Fletcher has to do is add a little bit of clothing to the window and the banners will appear.
That is not the case.
Not only have the Flyers missed the knockout stages in two of the three seasons that Fletcher has been at the helm – with their only playoff win coming in 2020 against a Montreal Canada team that claimed a post-season spot in the round. kind of bubble – but also dressing that window for Fletcher’s assignment isn’t exactly an interior designer’s dream.
Giving up the first Robert Hagg and swapping the pick in the second for Rasmus Ristolainen, arguably the worst analytical defender in the entire league, would be bad enough. But paying Coyotes a second pick to get Shayne Gostisbehere and open the limited space to do it is even worse. And that’s just the beginning.
The place the Flyers find is basically going back to where they were when Fletcher first boarded the ship. He oversaw a lineup restart. Why should he be given another one?
3. Doug Wilson, San Jose
How many elderly people can you mooring before people start questioning your job status?
It’s remarkable how little heat Doug Wilson has endured for the mess he’s created in San Jose. This is a team with real championship aspirations not long ago. One team was strong enough to run the Cup, even convincing Kevin LeBanc to accept a 1-year, $1 million deal so they had limited space to do so.
That didn’t work. And now, the Sharks are in the NHL’s basement, mired in salary-ceiling hell with a series of immutable contracts that are getting worse by the minute.
Having Erik Karlsson is great! Delivered him $11.5 million over eight years almost immediately after doctors reported that half of his ankle bone had not been removed. Nor did Marc-Edouard Vlasic hand over an eight-year deal at the age of 31, just when his play had fallen off the cliff, as many players his age tended to do. Or giving Martin Jones $5.75 million over six years to become a under-0.900 keeper before buying him out this season is certainly not the brightest idea. Or sign Evander Kane for 7 years despite his famous history. Or lock an aging Brent Burns into a deal that doesn’t expire until he’s 40.
Do I need to continue?
The sharks cannot win contracts on this book. And Wilson couldn’t move them either. He is trapped, trapped in a prison that he has meticulously built.
Letting him fix this mess is like hiring the person who burned your house to take care of the remodeling.
2. Marc Bergevin, Montreal
What exactly did Marc Bergevin do? What has he REALLY accomplished?
Sure, he led his team to the Stanley Cup Finals last season thanks to an unforeseen combination of injuries, shooting and scoring luck. That’s right. You cannot dispute it.
What you also can’t argue with is how Bergevin carried on having lost half of his focus to free agency that season, being ignored by an opposing offer and looking at his team. fell to the basement.
If that’s your crowning achievement, your ass will be sweating by now.
Bergevin is the king of mediocrity. His ability to build a squad that looks formidable enough on paper to make it to the knockouts every year is truly respectable – a two-game dead-end owner’s dream home ground has revenue after the season.
A decade into his tenure and the needle has barely moved. Currently, the Canadianiens team is 4-12-2. They are still incapable of scoring, still hit with a ceiling on the limit, and still allergic to developing and developing their own talents.
It was a staggering failure in squad-building, one that proves Bergevin’s inability to identify young talent, and in such a case, he’s willing to settle for an easy follow-up. chase a dispute window that never actually opens.
If Bergevin hasn’t built a candidate by now, why can you believe he will?
1. Jim Benning, Vancouver
Jim Benning is not on the hot seat. Jim Benning is sitting by the fire.
Look, I could sit here and write a well-constructed argument for why Benning not only deserves the hot seat, but should be considered the most dynamic general manager in the NHL, and I’m sure that my editor would love that. He can even give me a clear high five, which will make my day. But that would be a fruitless endeavor.
No, I simply let Benning’s trades speak for themselves.
– Louis Eriksson for six years at $6 million each
– Tyler Myers for 5 years for $6 million each
– Brandon Sutter for 5 years for $4.375 million each
– Erik Gudbransson for three years at $4 million each
– Luca Sbisa for three years for $3.6 million each
– Jay Beagle for four years at $3 million each
– Derek Dorsett for four years at $2.65 million each
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, honey.
No one is better at throwing money at substitution level players than Jim Benning. Not a single name on that list was worth the money Benning paid them, and not a single name was worth the term they were given.
In the age of cap, the NHL list was built largely through the erosion of the middle class. The superstars make a lot of money while the rest of the roster is filled with people who play roles in close to or at the tournament minimum trades, or rookies on the ELC.
However, not Benning. No, he was so insistent on keeping that mid-tier player alive that he was willing to re-bid himself for their service, thus pushing the Canucks into an earthly hell from which they can never get out.
Even as Benning managed to dig his way out of the wreckage and cut $12 million in wages by sending Eriksson, Beagle, and Antoine Roussel (another lousy contact) to Arizona this season, he took it upon himself. magically shot himself in the foot in the process. by taking on rapidly declining Oliver Ekman-Larsson, whose deal is not due to expire until 2027.
Canucks fans deserve better. Hockey fans deserve better. Heck, Elias Petersson and Quinn Hughes’ – whose primes are being wasted due to Benning’s repeated incompetence in building a competitive team – deserve better.
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