As far as style, you’re right but some guys are a little (or a lot) more on the risky side. I like GM’s like Rutherford and Dave Taylor that are always relaxed and make moves very judiciously. It’s just personal taste really, but Clarke would be well served if he could take his foot off the gas pedal now and then, to maybe have a look around.
I like Clarke’s honesty, that’s for sure. It’s refreshing to get only straight answers from a GM or coach. Most GM’s will tell you whatever you want to hear – I guess it’s not a bad thing really, but pretty annoying. If you ask Clarke if he’s trying to move somebody – he’ll tell you. Most will scream blue murder and then turn around and move the guy before noon the next day. He’s a lot different from Hitch – he’s a great coach, but I don’t believe a single word he utters.
The next deal will be key, because Clarke’s team is really close once again. Can he find the right piece to fill the need and keep the chemistry? I wouldn’t mind seeing him figure it out this time because he’s done his time, that’s for certain.]]>
In no way am I saying that the past five years in Flyer history have gone exactly as Bob Clarke had forseen it. If it had, there would have been five straight parades down Broad Street and Eric Lindros would still be wearing an orange and black sweater.
Any GM in this sport or in any other operates on a risk/reward system. The really good ones have more payoffs than they do losses. Yes, Clarke’s neck is on the line on a daily basis, but he thrives on that, and is respected for it. Personally, I respect the guy because he has the cojones to deal with the ins and outs of being a GM, and he’s man enough to admit he was wrong. He even said so about Gratton.
BTW, “bombastic putz,” you couldn’t have been more accurate about Milbury.
I’m not defending Clarke’s past transgressions. He has made some clunker deals before. But judgement cannot be made only on the negatives, which is what most people seem to want to do.]]>