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05-25-2010, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by haohmaru View Post
But - did he deserve the VP position two or three months after he retired and accomplished nothing from a managerial standpoint?
You're missing the point. Both players got their 1st job based on who they are. Yzerman got the GM job in TB because of what he's done SINCE he got that 1st job.

Messier has 1 year of experience and has no accomplishments to speak of. If he were hired today as a GM, it would be on the basis of his playing days, not his time spent in the front office.

Being a great player is enough to get your foot in the door, but you have to prove you know what you're doing (most of the time) to get the big job.

Don Maloney retired in '91 and was a GM in '92.
Nieuwendyk retired in '07 and was a GM in '09 (was a "special assistant" first, too)
Garth Snow retired in '06 and was hired as a GM in '06

It's not unheard of. I don't think any of us really knows whether or not Messier will be any good at this except for the people "in the circle".
Nieuwendyk, the jury is still out. Brett Hull didn't do so well though.

At the beginning of the 200607 season, Hull returned to the Dallas Stars in a front-office role as special assistant to team president Jim Lites
Sound familiar?

On November 11, 2007, Stars' owner Tom Hicks fired Doug Armstrong as general manager and later named Hull and Les Jackson as interim co-general managers.
Snow hasn't really been tested yet. He's had nothing but low draft picks and he's building a decent system, but he's never had money to spend, he's hardly ever involved in trades. Until their financial situation gets settled, I'd have to give him an incomplete.

Don Maloney was GM of the islanders from 92-95 and the team got worse under his watch.

It's not unheard of that people with little management experience are made GMs, but if you are looking for a successful GM, that's probably not the way to go.

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