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02-08-2013, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by blueandgoldguy View Post
You c'mon now.

Another bad trade was the Hawerchuk trade. I remember following this closely as a kid. Smith had ample opportunity to trade him for some legit front line talent like Rod Brind'amour or Tony Amonte.

'Tony Amonte didn't play in the NHL until the FOLLOWING season, and Brind'Amour just finished his rookie season at the time of the trade. It was also widely knowl the Hawerchuk wanted out which twisted the hand of the Jets."

Smith's record speaks for itself. Promoted to GM in 1988, his teams only made the playoffs 3 of 6 seasons. Contrast that with Ferguson whose teams made the playoffs 7 out of 9 times.

The Kings and Canucks stunk in the 80s and by the time Smith was running the team, Vancouver was a very good team and the Kings had Gretzky, Robitaille, Kurri, etc.

All the more impressive when you consider he has to start from scratch as an expansion team after the NHL thought it was reasonable to completely pillage the Jets' WHA roster; and he had to contend with the likes of the Oilers and Flames in the same division for most of the Jets' early existence. Smith on the other hand, was left with a half-decent core featuring the likes of Dale Hawerchuk, Brent Ashton, Andrew McBain, Randy Carlyle, Dave Ellett, Thomas Steen, Laurie Boschman, Doug Smail, not to mention blue chippers, Selanne and Elyniuk. All that talent, and he was still incapable of icing a team that could contend for the playoffs on a consistent basis.

"The landscape of the Smythe Division had changed drastically when Smith tookover. The Canucks and Kings were no longer jokes and were just as competitive as the Oilers and Flames. It was more of a case of the most competition division rather than Smith's fault. Also Selanne was just a prospect until 1992 when he finally signed"

Smith's horrible record as GM in Chicago, based on that team's poor win-loss record and his terrible draft picks all but solidifies him as one of the worst GMs in NHL history. I don't think anyone can dispute this.
LIke I said earlier, we arent discussing Ferguson nor Smith's employment with other organizations. Just solely based on Winnipeg Jet performance.

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