From Martin Leclerc at Rue Frontenac who's working on a sports TV series says that Yzerman was really dissapointed to not have been contacted by Boivin for the GM job. Leclerc says that Yzerman would have been REALLY interested based on the fact that Yzerman is looking at 2 things for his next assignment: Working in a Canadian city and/or working in a big market. Needless to say he would have had those 2 things in Montreal.
Now, this is NOT a Gauthier bashing thread. Not the idea behind it. But what do you think about it? What do you think about how Boivin approached the Gainey's replacement and would you have liked to have Yzerman instead even if we are still talking about a much less experienced guy than what Gauthier represents.
P.S. I didn't make this thread because we loss 2 games in a row....but that article just came out this morning and I personnally never though that a guy like Yzerman would not only liked to be considered but was actually dissapointed to not have had the call....
He could've been a godsent or he could've been another Houle. He's never been a GM for a NHL team, we don't know how well he'd do. Being GM for team Canada only requires him to choose a team in a long list of incredibly talented players. To be a GM for a team, you need to be able to negociate contracts, keep the team balanced and competing for long term, not just for 2 weeks.
I wouldn't have complained if he was chosen to be GM but I wouldn't say that I want him over someone else because I don't really know how well he'd do.
He doesn't speak French, which is why Boivin didn't even consider him. However, he considered Bykov (apparently) since he learned French while playing in Switzerland. He probably would have been the coach, but he doesn't know English.
I'm not sure why the Yzerman hype. Anyone here could have picked Team Canada, and he hasn't any real experience to be given the job in Montreal. I mean, look at what #99 did with Phoenix, your on-ice success means very little in this league.
Hmm honestly don't know what to think about that. No surprise he wasn't considered, Boivin made that clear in the PC, but we won't know whether this was a mistake or not until he becomes GM somewhere else.