Re: PC Presser
posted at 3/30/2013 9:01 AM EDT
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Oooooohhh, sorry dez. The correct answer was "actual moron...actual moron...yeah".
In all the back and forth about hypothetical offers and whatnot, it occurs to me that I have no idea why any NHL general manager would accept the deal they got for Iginla with a week to go before the deadline. Fleeceder was not obligated to send Iginla anywhere that day, and the only pressure I see from Shero would be that he might go make another move that would mean the pick was no longer available. But I have to think Shero would also rather have Iginla than whatever his plan B might have been (Jagr?).
That's a great question. It seems too simplistic that Feaster is just simply that dumb. I really think his position was hopelessly reduced, and compromised by his superiors, and he just wanted rid of a problem, that moving forward was only going to get wierder for him personally.
If he hadn't already made a deal and promised the goods...yeah, hold off. Another reasonable option is the fact that Iginla started playing hardball by threatening to stay. Since we know now, he's being shipped out because the team is done with him, as opposed to granting an opportunity, that changes the beans. Many thought there was great potential Jerome would sign with Calgary after his little fling, but that appears to be a joke. Probably no love lost between Iginla and the Flames.
Perhaps most importantly, Feaster had a sudden, huge credibility issue to deal with. After agreeing to a deal, and advising all parties, he was forced to do the unthinkable. That would have compounded tenfold, by going back to them and saying, "I lied about the timetable too. I guess you'll have to wait another week."
Everything can easily be summed up...sealed away and put to bed with the simple assumption that Feaster is an idiot. That's almost certainly true to a point, but nowhere near the whole story.
The 3 pressers speak volumes. If it were all Feasters shenanigans and incompetence, PC woulda never went to such extremes to protect him. He certainly wouldn't have been a loose canon, but he would have simply stated "we were told we had a deal, then they reneged". If he got screwed over by Feaster(and he would have known that), it was clueless to not just point out the facts, and let everyone else run with it. PC isn't clueless. The flames never disputed anything coming from the B's camp, and it's a sure bet that anything even slightly debatable would have been leveraged from Calgary's end.
The only thing that makes zero sense, is that Iginla looked over the deals, and management allowed him to make the call....and that's where some here get sideways. That's just too stupid to even consider. Nothing more than plain old propoganda. It couldn't possibly have hapenned that way....but it did deflect some things over to Iginla. He didn't examine the trades and make a decision which one was the best....or good enough. He merely excercised the legality(which was never dealt with) of choosing exactly where he ended up. When pushed, the Calgary management group even basically admitted that in subsequent interviews. Iginla agreed to go to 4 teams, but never signed off "legally". When informed where he was going, he hid behind the legality and pronounced Pittsburgh or nowhere.
With Bowmeister(spelling) being the big fish, and that organisations credibility on the line, they were probably wise to get rid of the problem. It's not like they were going to land much back anyway. If this thing had not gone so public....if they hadn't given the Bruins their word...I don't think there's any question they would've waited.