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01-24-2013, 12:22 PM
Ridley Simon
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Originally Posted by Stewie G View Post
I could probably be described as a GMGM apologist but one thing I try to look at when evaluating any GM is not only the results, but the potential of the rosters he puts together. The guy doesn't play the games. I know talking heads are just that, but there have been several respected publications/analysts over the past several years who have picked the Caps as favorites for the Cup at the start of the season. Heck, even this season one of the guys on the NHL Network preview show picked the Caps to win it all.

Maybe he should have been better in targeting tougher "playoff" players or gone with more established coaches, but he couldn't stop Halak from turning into a wall or prevent the refs from waving off the goal in Game 7 vs. the Habs or stop Orpik from slashing Semin or having half the defensemen end up with broken feet against the Pens.

Should he have been fired already? Maybe. You could also talk me into probably, but an argument could be made for keeping him around as well.
GM also choose the coaches (who is supposed to lead the talent), and is directly involved in the locker room dynamic, as he again chooses the players and the coach.

Ultimately, the GM is the driver of the franchise. If the team succeeds, its on him. If it fails, its on him.

Too many apologists for George on this board

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