Chiarelli by far did the best job of any GM this offseason....everyone in the NHL agreed landing Chara and Savard was huge and no other gm matched that.........
However Chiarelli did make a mistake in hiring Lewis..............Lewis is the guy to blame, his system is horrible and the players dont buy it and niether would I........his one man forecheck whenever the Bs have the lead has had them on their heels all year...he lost credibility with the players and when you bench Alberts Chistov and Tenkrat and continues to play guys like Boyes and Jurcina, it sends a bad message on the bench ..........
Lewis is to blame plain and simple he cant judge talent, is stubborn and doesnt play players to their strengths example defensive guy Axelson on Savard line has been awful yet he wont change, Kessel offensive guy not on the powerplay????
Lewis is a terrible terrible coach
Chiarelli is handcuffed do to Mike Oconnels dealings that now leaves himn in a weak position with Brad Stuart arguably our best offensive player
Chiarelli is still cleaning up the mess that he was handed
If the team / management had any realballs they would offer Pat Burns the job and cut their losses with Lewis - think of what Lewis has done , he now says we have to get tougher but has cut Brookbank and Stastny (by all means they are no saviors) but atleast they were willing to mix it up and protect Bergeron / Kessel ...do you think it was a coincidence once Brookbank was gone guys were running Bergeron and Savard and sure enough Bergeron is now playing hurt and has been pretty much useless lately.... and of course now Lewis says we have to get tougher, He playes Boyes (0 points in 14 games ) every other shift and on the second unit powerplay along with Primeau a checking forward....................I could go on and on but whats the use until Lewis is gone it probably wont matter much who they trade for