What will it take to get Hornqvist signed?
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06-11-2010, 01:19 PM
This is my boomstick
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Chattanooga TN
Don't get me wrong. David Poile is a good GM, some would argue great. Let us at least agree that he is in the top 10 group in this league. With that said, he has a few flaws, and passivity is one of them. On the flip side, it is also one of his greatest strengths....i.e. patience.
I think Poile's biggest fault has been his reluctance to make the most of our assets over the last 3-4 years. There has been an undeniable deluge of tremendous prospects, and outside of going for broke in the Forsberg trade (an enormous offering that has not really been matched since....) he has failed to get a scorer. We can all wax poetic on the Kessel fall through, and I will agree that once Toronto upped the money, we were out. Still, something must be said that our number one need, for years, has failed to be addressed.
I get their are a billion other facts and reasons, and I am not going to debate that Poile often has his hands tied. He does. This isn't opinion, it is fact. Radulov's departure hurt badly. The ownership change was a nightmare.....
Still, I can't help but wonder where this team would be if we were more proactive with our assets. This is my one major problem with Poile (that and his notable absence in the FA markets outside of other agents calling him, and lucrative contracts to Legwand/Erat based on potential).
The Hartnell mess is probably the one glaring error on his part IMO. Other than that, I am not sure you could even remotely consider grading him out below a B+. If you look at his drafting....He has to get an A, especially since 2003. The defensive prospect success rate is just silly in how high it is. I made a post on it in the prospect thread awhile back, and it is just asinine how good our scouts/Poile are at plucking defensive talent out of the draft.
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