This right here. I know many LGW members are all over Yzerman's nuts saying that he is the best GM since sliced bread. However, since he has taken over as GM of the Lightning, his team has made it to the conference finals once. Oh, I'm sorry, that wasn't his team because he didn't build it. Now, if it was his team, then Holland deserves credit for GMing the team in 98 when they won the cup, but I digress. If you don't give him credit for that, then he has won 0 playoff series. In fact, he has missed the playoffs and then got swept out last season. If his team loses in the first round this year to a team that is not as good as his, I wonder how many will anoint him as the best GM for Detroit?
Jim Nill is the same thing. He goes into Dallas, makes a lot of moves, and LGW goes nuts all over him too. He is better than Holland, right? Instead, Dallas doesn't get into the playoffs. LGW is silent on him now.
Both Nill and Yzerman have had questionable signings in their short tenure as well. So they are not immune to making mistakes either.
Anyone saying that Yzerman and Nill are better than Holland only need to look at the track record so far.
Some people have a philosophy that making moves makes you a good GM. Personally, I feel that its all about making the right moves, and sometimes about the moves you dont make that make you a good GM.
Yzerman and Nill could end up being great GM's. But they havent proved anything yet,
Did I ever tell you about the time mcgrattan was in a production of The King and I? Well anyway, before the show, mcgrattan chloroforms the entire cast, and slowly eats them in front of the audience for two hours. The production got pretty good reviews.