i know he wasnt 'waived' per se but you have to HM to the fiasco with Ryan O'Reilly. To think that Calgary would have given up the picks for a player they would have lost in re-entry waivers is beyond comical.
No but it speaks volumes of the Flames rebuild at the time. Button was/is suppose to be a good scout and talent evaluator and he didn't think Marty was that good. It speaks volumes for our rough late 90's early 2000's.
What amazes me is he's still a media "draft expert". The guy was beyond awful as a talent evaluator in Calgary.
How about Kyle Quincey? Not because of his overall talent, but because it was the mistake that keeps on giving:
The Wings waive Quincey when he showed promise. He got picked up and built a stable, reliable defenseman career. The Wings then traded a 1st Round Draft pick for him a few years later, and he's been total garbage ever since.
Well, clearly I didn't do that. I thought that was made fairly obvious.
Somewhere I thought there was a board rule about not hijacking threads. I guess all the mods just absolutely MUST be up on all that stuff, eh?
In regard to the waiver stuff, I think that it is a bit of a misnomer to say that a team made a mistake with waivers. Often guys are let go for perfectly sound reasons, and then they just happen to develop elsewhere.
I do think Grabs is a great example. I thought he looked awful as a Canuck - soft and disinterested. He was basically a throw in on the deal to Florida and I'm guessing the Cats didn't have high expectations. When he stunk up the ice in training camp, they showed him the door.
Actually, at the time, I was hoping the Isles would pass on him. I was sick and tired of spending money on DirecTV just to watch guys like Shremp on a nightly basis.
Grabner showed me to be wrong. At the very least, he is a darn useful third liner. But, I don't think Florida could be blamed for waiving him and it is not like every other team in the league immediately saw his as so valuable and pounced.
I'd actually arguing that the Isles waiving Nate Thompson, who was a valuable and inexpensive (in terms of $) utility center, was a bigger mistake.