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08-16-2011, 08:52 AM
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Yeah, it's always a good reason to not go after the guy you want and hope someone is still available later. The Flyers brass wanted him, wrong or right, and they got him. If they thought he was the best guy to fill the role, why wait until the end and hope he is still available or settle for a guy they think is worse?
I know you don't like Lilja, but in general, as a GM, scout, etc, wouldn't you want to get the guy you want from the beginning? If I'm Homer and Co. and I see player X and say, this is the guy we should get for the #6 spot, lets do it. Why wait until now to see who's still "sitting out there?" The idea is to field the best team, not field the best contracts or most fan-likable time. Lilja may or may not work out, time will tell. But if the Flyers think he is the guy for the job they would be stupid to sit and wait and see who's left. Sure, they coudla gotten someone for less or let Bartulis or Gus fill the role, but they think Lilja is better. He may not be (I personally think he will be ok, especially as a 6/7). But they thought he was so you go after him. Why settle for a guy you (meaning Homer and Co.) don't believe is better?
I love two paragraph defenses of stupidity.
The Lilja signing was stupid.
Lilja is not very good at all to begin with... the terms of the contract are an abomination of idiocy. Just like the signing of Shelley was a *ing abomination of stupid.
At what point will people stop defending these idiot *ing contracts that Holmgren signs every offseason?
No doubt they had motivations to give him that contract, and they were stupid motivations and they should be called out as stupid.
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