glen a richter wrote:
Stillman, sell the team to someone who actually cares to build it into a winner. There's just so much that needs to be changed about the culture in and around this operation. Get control of your own AHL team instead of a shared club, revamp the entire scouting department, drop Army like a bad habit.
I wouldn't say that we need new ownership. That could always end up being worse. (We do not
need a return of the Bill Laurie Reign of Terror.) We could
use a less shitty lease, though.
Our own AHL team? Not a terrible idea, provided we get competent coaches who know how to develop players. Not sure I've seen that in this affiliation with Chicago, though to be fair I think you could say that about any AHL affiliation we've had for about the last 15 years.
(Might also help to finally have a team that can get somewhere in the playoffs. None of our AHL affiliates have gone past the 2nd round since the Peoria Rivermen won the Turner Cup in 1991 when the International Hockey League was still in existence. We haven't had anyone get to the 2nd round in back-to-back seasons since 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, when the Worcester IceCats did it.)
Revamp the scouting department? Eh, it probably needs some tweaks - but kind of hard to fault it completely given that the GM keeps dealing away picks in good drafts and by some accounts has his fingers in the scouting pie to some extent. If it happened, I probably wouldn't argue it.
Drop Army like you'd drop a skanky GF, though? Yes, 1000 times yes. He's pretty much riding the goodwill he built in his first year or so on the job; since then, it's been a bunch of trades that have been lateral at best, but more often than not he's come out on the short end. (Or, about what I'd expect from the average half-informed poster at any hockey forum.) A handful of us at the bar could do a better job, even with alcohol involved. For all of his teams in his years as a GM that have averaged over 100 points a season, I would expect more than one (1) appearance past the 2nd round. I'd sure as hell expect that his teams would go better than 3-9 when they had home ice advantage. (Lose this series, it will be 3-10.)