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04-13-2008, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by zeroG View Post
i don't think so or at least wouldn't count on it. the guy's got no experience. for all we know, he could just be the mouthpiece and the one doing the contract gruntwork.
I realize that these reports of Martin leaving are being discredited, but, I just want to address the points of Sexton's experience.

He's certainly not an inexperienced GM. He spent 2.5 years in that role in Ottawa. Unfortunately, those weren't positive experiences. He was in way over his head, hired only because the Sens couldn't find anyone better, so, they took someone with just some general business experience, and thrust him into that role. The end result was the Sens having some of the worst seasons by an NHL team in history.

He's certainly not a guy you want as a GM, without some very strong hockey people surrounding him. In Ottawa, he had John Ferguson Sr. in a senior role, which helped land the only successful draft picks from his era (Alfredsson and Demitra), but, he fired him when they butted heads. Everything else about Sexton's reign is disastrous, from the trades, to the draft picks, to the contract signings, and specifically, to the on ice performance (31 wins in his 2.5 year reign).

I can't speak to what he's like now, but, the above describes his first forray into the NHL with Ottawa. It was suprising to hear him be hired as the Assistant GM in Florida last year, because he'd been out of pro-hockey for so long.

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