So Your New GM Is Lou Lamoriello
This was so out of left field that it's still hard to process, much less try to figure out what this means for the direction of the Leafs. Shanahan, Dubas, and company have made plenty of smart decisions this summer, and they seem to be taking the team in a new direction. But Lamoriello is as old-school as they come. So how do the two things fit together?
Jason Bourne's take on the Lamoriello hire. This is what I hope is happening - the idea of an older mentor-type to groom Dubas to take over the GM role in the future sounds like a great one. But I'm nervous that this will be another scenario where old-school thinking holds the Leafs back from making good decisions.
This take is also quite optimistic. I want to be optimistic too, but I think we'll have to wait and see how actual decisions are made with this new management structure, and what those decisions are. Does Lamoriello insist on hiring some of his own guys? Is he the one driving trades and signings? The answers to these questions will be critical.
5 years, $30.5 million. Seems fairly reasonable for someone of Holtby's caliber, although goalie contracts are always something of a toss-up. Makes me wonder what Bernier is asking for, and what kind of contract he'll end up getting.
This is a smart, low-risk move (the deal is only for $1.1 million) and the Habs get a player who's quite good and probably doesn't deserve the criticism he gets. Why do the Habs have to make smart moves?
Coyotes vs. Glendale
Hopefully this will end the drama between the Coyotes and the city of Glendale. Or at least postpone it. Deals, agreements, and attempting to make sense of this Lou Lamoriello thing.