Ted Black : Ruff and Regier will be back
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04-13-2012, 11:13 AM
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Regier absolutely gets credit for acquiring the top-rated Dman, who was available on the open market, for an incredibly efficient cap hit. Seriously, how much is the maximum amount of credit one can award? Thats how much credit Regier gets for that one. It was a coup.
Hypothetically, if Ehrhoff had sucked, would Regier deserve blame? After all, Ehrhoff was the top rated Dman. If he doesn't get credit for signing Ehrhoff, does he not get blame for signing Leino? After all, he was the 2nd highest rated forward available.
Well I doubt you will believe me, but to respond to your second paragraph: NO, had Ehrhoff had a bad season, I would not have blamed Regier for the reason you cite.
We are not evaluating players in a vacuum here. We are evaluating Darcy's effectiveness as a GM. If the top rated D Man in free agency that everyone would like on their roster (hypothetically and given a need at the position) lays an unexpected egg, you can't put that on the GM. You can put that on the player and/or coach.
How Darcy completely failed to analyze properly the dynamics of the Briere/Drury affair is classic bad managing.
And regarding your "coup"--if Ehrhoff was a different sort of person (single, into bright lights big city) he would likely not have come here, period. I would put forth Darcy's deal to get that exclusive right to deal with him first was likely meaningless. Let's not forget Ehrhoff pocketed what? $10 million in that first year? He got an obscenely long contract and it is massively front loaded, which every player wants and in theory every GM wants to avoid. The trick (for the GM) is BACKLOADING a contract if you can, and keeping term lower so you have options rolling forward if a player doesn't pan out.
The Leino deal is a classic example how a bad deal can put the GM/team in a bind as a result of term and salary positioning (frontload vs. backload).
Darcy gave Ehrhoff a sweetheart deal other teams may not have matched, and Ehrhoff was the type of guy to not care about living in a little town like Buffalo. So it all worked out.
I don't put any of that down to good management. It's not necessarily "bad management" either. For me, it's a wash. Not relevant in determining how well Darcy does, or does not do, his job.
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