Re: Bruins sign Campbell, three others
posted at 7/16/2010 11:12 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Bruins sign Campbell, three others
In Response to Re: Bruins sign Campbell, three others : Whether or not I have played or do play or am in a wheelchair is irrelevant. I've watched McQuaid play a lot. I've also watched countless amounts of Providence Bruins, Springfield Falcons, Worcester IceCats, Worcester Sharks, Beasts of New Haven, Albany River Rats, Norfolk Admirals, Hershey Bears, Lowell Lock Monsters, Lowell Devils, Portland Pirates, Rochester Americans, Baltimore Skipjacks, Fredericton Canadiens, Quebec Citadels, Orlando Solar Bears, Macon Whoopie (had to go to one), Charlotte Checkers, Long Beach Ice Dogs, Chesapeake Ice Breakers, Phoenix RoadRunners, and countless other teams play with their defensemen whom all the locals had figured were the next Norris candidates. The vast majority of all players don't make it to the NHL. McQuaid has done nothing to show me that he'll be an NHL regular. If you're touting his increased fighting ability, however, I have to be suspect on your view. If he fights and wins or fights and loses or doesn't fight at all, it doesn't matter. He has a big body. Great. Jon Aitken was no shrinking violet. Like many here, I used to think that every guy the B's drafted or signed was ticketed for a regular shift in the NHL. It's just not the case. For McQuaid, I'll believe it when I see it. I don't expect to see it, but would be thrilled if I was wrong.
Posted by Not-A-Shot
In addition, the NHL has a salary cap, which complicates everything. This "I played hockey so I know more..." is complete BS. Even if it will assist you in recognizing talent (I doubt this highly , but even if it is true), that doesnt even matter because talent does not tell the whole story.
Its talent WITH RESPECT TO CONTRACT. Spezza is a great example. Good player, liability on your team (not worht his cap hit). So guess what? Whether or not McQuaid is good or not doesnt matter. We're up against the cap, and therefore any signing of a player to a 1 way deal would be a bad move.
And its a bad move for reasons outside of hockey. Its a bad because it shows poor accounting,a failure to grasp economics (opportunity cost), its illogical, and it fails to consider all relevant variables (calculus).
All of the above (yes, even including accounting, calculus and economics) factor into the decisions that you need to be able to make as a GM. Does the fact that you played hockey mean that you have a better grasp on economics and accounting?
The NHL (both on the ice and the management of) has become a thinking man's game....And it needed to, because when it only catered to people like yourself (you have to play hockey to understand hockey), it almost went bankrupt.
You need to embrace the new school. That is if you're capable.