Neil Smith POVS
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04-12-2011, 10:24 PM
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If the deal was Messier's idea, then that makes Smith even more incompetent. A good GM doesn't let his players orchestrate trades.
Messier is not just some player.
Neither was Gretz.
How could Smith win a power struggle or even begin to ask two HOF who were already hockey royalty to rebuild? Both had no intentions of anything but Cup run in those years.
It just wasn't happening and NS had to deal with two very strong personalities, under the circumstances I can understand a lot of Smith's moves. The Zubov, Norstrom trades(both trades had to do with Smith's idea of matching up against Lindros and the Flyers) and failure to get Shanahan when he could have had him for Kovalev were my biggest issues.
And besides, tons of back story to most of these deals, sometimes I'm amazed we won in 94 with all that swirled around those teams back then.
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