Re: Haggerty on Jacobs
posted at 10/11/2011 6:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Haggerty on Jacobs
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Haggerty on Jacobs : To me, the gist of Jacob's comment was more along the lines of, "I'll shut up now. Let's raise the damn flag". I didn't feel it was at all offensive.
Posted by dezaruchi[/QUOTE]
It wasn't offensive at all. To consider it such...one has to be digging pretty deep.
I've got no problem with JJ any more, but I'm not giving him a free pass either.
The cap was his baby, so he had to spend to it. The cap has been the greatest money maker imaginable, for strong hockey markets, and only a fool wouldn't have known that going in.
JJ threw MOC under a bus, when his own meddling screwed the team post lockout. JJ had one of the brightest minds in hockey(Harry) for decades, yet wouldn't allow him to manage like his counterparts in other strong hockey markets. Amazingly, (and probably JJ shouldn't get the credit, but it's incredible it worked out that way) Sinden was always labeled the skin flint. Why in the world would any GM, in any era, happily go along with the philosophy of almost never paying market value for elite players. It's GM suicide, yet Harry always took the bullets, and loyally deflected things from the boss.
Remember too, PC wasn't anywhere close to ownerships choice to run the show. It just happenned that very few wanted the job....and he came really cheap.
In my books, PC has grown into a very savy NHL GM. I personally, have really come to respect this guy, but to consider the hire, an astute hockey decision by JJ and company.....come on.
JJ's a business man...not a hockey man. He expects a good return on his investment. Profit trumps winning....every time.
I don't have a huge problem with that, because I understand that 99% of the players feel the same way. Always have...always will. Most business owners like to keep a little of the profit for themselves don't they? Isn't "their" success, based on how much goes to the bottom line?
If more people could comprehend that, they'd quit railing about ownership. It is what it is.