Blues did very well in the draft (or so it seems right now)...and we hit a grand slam today.
I wonder if the anti-Army folks still want him gone?
Hmph. Well at least you didn't use the sophomoric term "hater".
I still reserve the right to criticize him, especially if he gives away any more promising kids for nothing. I hope that's ok...
Every deal can't be a winner. And feel free to criticize all you like. Contrary to what some folks believe, we're allowed to disagree in here.
But overall Army has done a fantastic job since being named GM. Yesterday just reinforced that in my mind. After we were eliminated, he said he was going to go out and get some things done, and he did exactly that in bringing home the top FA prize which was one we desperately needed, plus bringing over Lehtera...and without subtracting a single thing from the organization (promising kids as you put it)...AND to do it at less than market value without getting locked into a long term deal? Forgetaboutit. That's awesome.
A lot of folks are calling the Blues the winner in the Polak Gunnarsson trade Polak regressed last year, was left off the Czech olympic team for a reason, etc. But I'm not as educated on Gunnersson as some others, so I want to see him in action before I start to judge that deal. It may be more of a lateral deal than anything, but we did get a pick out of the deal as well.
I think if you are going to criticize Armstrong for "giving away promising kids for nothing", he needs credit for bringing in top notch talent without giving up any promising kids.
I've been critical of this organization for their lack of significant UFA signings throughout their history...as they had never signed a single top notch UFA in his prime...ever. But I can no longer say that because they went out and did that yesterday...finally. It only took 47 years.
Call me crazy, but I'm still skeptical. Not about Army, but about Stastny being THE fix for this team. Yes, I'm incredibly glad we signed him. Yes, I'm glad we signed a high-profile UFA away from one of our division rivals. But it seems like I'm the only one who was hoping (if we could only get one of the two) for Spezza over Stastny.
Why? Because our biggest need was scoring, and Spezza has the better numbers. He is a 3-time 34 goal scorer, whereas Stastny's best is 28 goals, one time (averages about 20-25 goals). Does that sound like a "top-notch" UFA? Again, not dogging on Stastny at all, and I certainly recognize not everything is about numbers- certain players fit better with better organizations. And as we all know, it's better to have the right players than the best players.
Maybe Stastny will top 30 goals with the Blues. Maybe he will take our wingers to new heights. We can only wait and see. I'm just concerned that we've fallen into the same old same old, when what we really needed was the best offensive talent available. I saw that as Spezza, not Stastny.
Not saying we did the wrong thing, just skeptical. Flame away.