From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Defending McDonough

Tom Benjamin blogs on/for/re the Canucks and weighs in on the Hawks fiasco:

The good news going forward was that the excellent young team grew into an excellent team period. The bad news was that they did this despite the fact that Tallon did little to demonstrate competence. Indeed he made several mistakes – Savard, Campbell, Huet – even before the qualifying offer fiasco. The salary cap has been mismanaged badly, so badly that there will not be enough money to sign three stars – Kane, Toews, and Keith – whose contracts expire this year. Finally, it doesn’t really matter who is to blame for not getting the qualifying offers out on time. The underling who goofed was not instructed properly, or did not understand the importance of the offers, or was not competent. That goes directly to the concern about Tallon – Is he capable of running a large and complex organization?McDonough decided that the answer was “No” and so he pulled the trigger despite the fact that he knew he would get blasted for it.



  2 comments for “From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Defending McDonough

  1. July 16, 2009 at 11:43 PM

    I dont think its terribly shocking to see Tallon get fired… the cap problems they’re going to have 12 months from now are mind boggling. The question is the “timing” of the firing. Why do it now? If they thought he was so incompetent, they why let him control the draft and the free agency period? If they’re was that much distrust, they why authorize him to pull the trigger on a 12 year deal with Hossa?

    It just doesn’t make sense.

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