Posts Tagged ‘Paul Holmgren’

A Bit Too Much Faith?

June 26th, 2011

Much has been made of the two blockbuster trades made on Thursday that saw the Philadelphia Flyers send captain Mike Richards and sniper Jeff Carter to Los Angeles and Columbus, respectively.

The return? Youth and potential.

Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, a future 2nd round draft pick (from Los Angeles), and the 8th and 68th overall picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (both from Columbus).

That’s a whole lot of unproven potential, although I’ll acknowledge Schenn is about as close to a slam dunk as a 19-year old prospect can be.

The Flyers change of direction, moving towards youth and the future, is an interesting one, but perhaps one that puts too much faith in their organization.

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The awkward part of No Trade Clauses

July 6th, 2010

It seems whenever a new contract is signed a no trade clause is the first thing reported, often before the term of the deal. Players want NTC’s to be in control of their career and to see teams commit to them (I guess being offered Millions of dollars isn’t enough…). GM’s offer NTC’s because they have to. If they don’t some other GM will.

But do players ever stop to wonder how awkward it would be if asked to waive their NTC’s? Regardless of how well a team or GM approaches the subject, it still says a players’ services are no longer valued as much as they once were. Let’s take a closer look at some players who’ve recently been asked to waive their NTC:

Sheldon Souray
The prospect of Steve Tambellini telling Sheldon Souray he’s going to be traded makes me laugh. In a round about way, the Oilers came to the conclusion that Souray wasn’t good enough to play on the worst team in the NHL half way through the 09-10 season when most of their roster was sick, injured, wedding ring shopping, hiding, etc… I have it on good authority that after telling Souray this, Tambellini quickly offered up a “… but no offense. It’s nothing personal.”

Simon Gagne

News of Simon Gagne being asked to waive his no trade clause hit the internet last week. It might come as a shock to some fans but probably not to Gagne. His name has been kicked around the rumor mill for some time now. But here’s the best part: Apparently the Flyers don’t have any particular team asking about Gagne. Assuming that’s factual, can you imagine that conversation between Paul Holmgren and Gagne? Philadelphia are essentially saying “You are the one player we’ve identified as getting rid of regardless of the return. Trading your contract gives us room to qualify Daniel Carcillo’s new contract.” Ouch.

Marc Savard
Around the last month’s NHL draft, word was going around that Bruins center Marc Savard was available. Apparently Savard has said he would waive his NTC to go to either Ottawa or Toronto. What do you think that conversation between Savard and Peter Chiarelli was like? Purely speculative on my part but probably something like this… “Marc, we didn’t draft Taylor Hall like we really wanted to. We ended up with Tyler Seguin and because of that, we can’t get rid of you soon enough. *Starts speaking slowly* Now, do you remember signing that seven year extension a few months ago?? No? Perfect. Just sign here… and here… and repeat ‘I, Marc Savard waive my NTC’… perfect… OK, we’re good to go. And oh – by the way, training camp is in Toronto this year… yeah… thanks!”

OMG!! It must be so awkward! I bet hockey players won’t stop asking for no trade clauses though. Let the awkwardness continue!

Stay classy, NHL players requesting no trade clauses.

A suggestion for all GM's across the NHL

July 8th, 2009

Stop the insanity!

Please, these 7, 12 and 15 year deals are as outrageous as Donald Trump’s hair.  Or Gary Bettman’s coy interviews.  Or Gary Bettman rocking ‘the Donald’ hair-cut.  I think that’s about the only thing that could make Bettman creepier.

OK – got that out of my system.  Onto NHL General Manager’s who’ve apparently lost their mind.  Like Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.  Yesterday, Holmgren gave Chris Pronger, 34 years old, a 7 year $35 Million contract.  Paul, do you know who Chris Pronger is going to remind you of, when he’s 38 with 3 seasons remaining on his contract?  Answer: Derrien Hatcher.

To all the GMs out there, I realize your job isn’t easy.  So I’ve come up with a few suggestions that may make your job easier and certainly more interesting.

Suggestion 1- No contract can be longer than 5 years long.  You never know what can happen – injuries (Rick DiPietro), attitudes (Dany Heatley), karma (Marian Hossa), etc…

Suggestion 2- Speaking of karma, don’t sign Marian Hossa.  It’s bad luck.

Suggestion 3- All GM’s must try outwit Brian Burke.  Good luck.

Suggestion 4- If your team is looking for additional revenue and want to play an Outdoor Winter Classic, sign Ty Conklin.  (He’s played in each game so far)

Suggestion 5- Stop handing out No-Trade-Clauses/No-Movement-Clauses.  If every GM agrees to and honors such a stance, trades will be far easier to make and players won’t have you by the balls.  And certain bloggers might not look like they make everything up, too.

Suggestion 6- Use express/super important shipping when mailing RFA contracts to key players of your team.  Don’t cheap out on shipping costs and risk losing great young players as a result.

Suggestion 7- Sign a bunch of assistant coaches from a division rival after they sign your best player via Unrestricted Free Agency.  (Montreal Canadiens/Ottawa Senators)

Stay classy, NHL General Managers.

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