Cujo has never been close to achieving that. When the pressure is on Cujo folds. He has played on two 90+ teams and last year when he got hurt the team broke the 100 point mark, yet he can never win when it counts.]]>
I won’t be one to praise him right now, but I won’t condemn him as of yet. Building a team from nothing is much more difficult than we can imagine, especially with a thinned out pool of talent. Takes time for an organization to build relationships, as well as its own identity.
Thrashers have a good amount of prospects, moreso on the defensive side. But it takes time for most players to develop and that’s what the kids in the minors or juniors are doing. Nobody can tell how many of those players will be in the NHL. But he’s not trading away good talent to win now.
It’s unfair to judge any GM just on the basis of what players are on the big club. He has to think about the entire organization and its future. A daunting task. And any judgment on how that GM did can’t come until it’s seen what his players have become. Even then it can be unfair because developing players is a crap-shoot. Only a few have can’t-miss talent, the rest might or might not develop.
But you’re right, his last two moves have been good ones. Dafoe isn’t gonna make much money this year and the option for next year is his. If he decides to become a UFA again, so be it. If not, he gets $3.5M next year from Atlanta. Which they will then be able to afford because Rhodes and his ridiculous salary will be out of the way. Hnilicka and Maracle might also be gone. But even now, the Thrashers payroll is only a bit above $30M (don’t know the actual numbers). The only real reason for a salary dump, if one happens, is that the cheapskates who own the team would want it. Just another reason to hate AOL.
We’re on the bottom of the rung here in Atlanta. Braves always winning, Falcons have hope with Vick, Hawks actually have a decent team this year. Don’t really like those teams, but the priority is set. And with three of the four being owned by the same company, the priority is really set. And in a southern city where football is a religion. All those factors add up to little money and little support. But I don’t consider that an excuse. Just another obstacle to overcome.]]>