Guy managed to serve the franchise in some capacity or another for 40 years. I doubt it was because he was a mindless cement head incapable of rational thought
I imagine some on this forum werent around back then. Some never got to see him play. The guy was a warrior. I personally appreciate the dedication and impact he had on the team ive loved and watched my entire life
I agree the hockey hasn't been exciting. But that's what happens eventually when the previous gm keeps trading away draft picks/youth for win now...it's going to catch up. It did, and Hextall was left to clean up the mess.
Fletcher walks into an almost perfect dream...Goalie? Check (heck...GOALIES!) Defence? Check. Forwards? Check. Farm system? Filled beyond capacity. Draft picks? All there. Capspace? Yes sir. The guy only has to tweak a couple things.
We'll never know
Best news I've heard this whole offseason.
I loved him as a player
Hated him as a coach.
I really think he started out very well as GM. He made a bunch of really good moves out of the gate. I mean, he built a team that really should have challenged for the Cup. When Pronger got hurt, you really had to feel for both Pronger and for Holmgren. I don't think Holmgren was the same after that and made move of desperation after move of desperation.
I don't think it's a minority situation. They really have everything needed to make the playoffs for sure. Depending on the competition and how things shake out, they might even win a round as you say.
Just as others here have expressed, Fletch is really coming into a dream situation with this team. All he has to do is not screw things up too badly, and they absolutely should be a playoff team this season. Just the coaching upgrade and having Hart from day one would likely have been