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07-22-2012, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Viqsi View Post

I'd like to reintroduce you to a guy by the name of Jan Hejda. Remember him?
I'll give you that one-even though it was what 4 or 5 years ago?

How about that one guy picked off the scrap heap in Atlanta, y'know, Jason Williams. Helped the playoff push and then some. What did we give up to get him? Oh, yeah, an AHL point triggerman and that's it.

Again yesterday's news

There's also this other guy we signed, name of Derek MacKenzie. How's he doing?

For a fourth liner not bad

Oh, and there was some Russian we recently traded for, named Nikita Nikita or something...

So far, so good

Seriously, that's been his greatest strength, bar none, to a degree that that holds up well against any and every GM in the league.

Especially Maloney in Phoenix and Tallon in Florida who rebuilt rosters in a couple of years or less and made the playoffs

That's why Lori Schmidt calls him the Roster Ninja. He's damned impressive at those sorts of "pick off the scrap heap" pickups. It's anything above those - or, in some cases (Williams), retaining them afterward - where he tends to get the bulk of his criticism.

I'll give you that he's made a couple of decent trades-but as far as being the maestro of free agency, we'll just have to agree to disagree. Which isn't unusual.


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