David Poile: Love him? Hate him? Talk Here
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11-25-2011, 09:04 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spring Hill, TN
Being on a budget requires Poile to be safe. He doesn't have the luxury of fixing his drafting mistakes via free agency. I'd rather be safe and have a team that is consistent for the most part. Sure we have our ups and downs but they are not drastic either way. We have possibly the best goalie in the league and the top pairing defensively, all thru the draft. I can't think of any other team that has that combo.
Has he been stellar in drafting forwards, not great but not bad either. How many of our forwards this year and last were our own picks, over half? GM's are not always going to be perfect. Considering his financial restraints over the years, I'd say he's done a pretty good job. Now that the owners are opening their purse strings a little bit, he's making sure some of the great pieces we have here are staying around.
I also have to give him credit for holding on to Trotz. While I would've let him go years ago, the consistency factor of having the same coach is what gives us the results on the ice. Most GM's have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to keeping or firing coaches. It lets the players know, the coach is here, adapt to his game or be gone and the guys really buy into the system.
Are we a sexy franchise, probably not but we are one of the most consistent and stable franchises around. A lot of fan bases and media outlets praise what we do and there is a reason for that, Poile has done it the right way. Imagine if he had a budget with the players we already have.
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