Mtl / Cdn markets have a huge advantage in potentially luring American resident UFAs which has been Habs primary success, ability to structure heavy bonus contracts thus reducing IRS / state tax burden - Gionta, Cole, Petry, even CDN players like Cammalieri & Toffoli who’s primary residences are in the USThen explain Montreal and the success The Charlatan has had compared to Columbus. Explain why San Jose & Anaheim are in the dumps when they have the "geographically advantageous locale". Explain why NYR/Toronto haven't been a powerhouse despite having advantages? Remind me again, but did Kreider sign in New York as a free agent? Or Henrik Lundqvist? Or Rick Nash? Or Mika Zibenejad?
These are all basic, overly simplistic excuses. Well, it's Columbus, nobody wants to play there! You mean like Johnny Gaudreau, one of the biggest UFAs since Tavares?
Kekalainen sucks because his drafting has been shoddy, he's made bad trades, he's made terrible signatures, the full package of incompetence.
SJS was competitive under Wilson for what 12-years? Anaheim as well under Brian Murray & Burke - Bob Murray was a cluster who led to their present demise
how would NYR “rebuild” look without Trouba, Panarin & Fox limiting their destinations to one sole locale?
Jim Nill was bumbling and failing for his first 9-years w Stars then was able to lure some UFAs and a great 2017 draft et… voilà, he’s now a genius, all is forgotten
the margin of difference between Nill, Stevie Y and Jaarmo is minute, which is my point.