Thread: Confirmed with Link: John Madden joins scouting staff
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09-07-2012, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Grant McCagg View Post
I like the hire. As Trevor Timmins said to me the other day...why not hire one of the best college free agents ever to recruit prospective college free agents?

That used to be one of TT's many jobs...now someone can scout those FA's on a more regular basis, and talk to them more frequently. No one should be perturbed that Molson and co. are opening the purse strings more liberally after PG's skeleton scouting/recruiting/development staff..not like they don't have the money/profits.
I understand the hire. I like the intention. I get why they chose Madden. I have no problem with hiring more staff. I'm not assuming Madden sucks at the job. I even said I like the hire, but I can't sit here and pretend that he will be excellent when there is nothing tangible to judge him by yet. The same way I didn't like Pierre McGuire as a GM candidate...no experience, nothing tangible to judge him by. I don't think being a good hockey player automatically qualifies you as having a good post playing career. Saying he will be excellent is just all guess work at this point.

I remember people saying that about Gretzky as a coach, they used to say "Imagine the best offensive player of all time teaching and grooming offensive players." It's not scouting, but it was a similar judgement. We assumed his playing talents would translate into his post playing job.

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