There are many bad teams in the NHL this season. With bad teams, there will be bad general managers who build them.
Becoming the NHL general manager may be the safest job in the history of industrialized society. This is an open secret. These guys are bulletproof and rarely see the axe falling on the head of the table, allowing mediocre executives to continue to make poor management decisions as long as their Old Boys Club membership still exists.
Frankly speaking, change should have happened long ago.
So, there are four GMs here, and their back end should be hotter than the core of Vesuvius.
4. Chuck Fletcher, Philadelphia
When Chuck Fletcher came to Philadelphia in December 2018, people expected a rapid change.
The Flyers only need to inject fresh blood into the front office where Paul Homegren has ruled for many years. Their core has been built. Their prospects are very close. All Fletcher had to do was to add a little window decoration and the banners would roll over.
But in fact, it’s not.
The Fletchers not only missed the playoffs in two of the three seasons under Fletcher’s leadership-their only playoff victory was in 2020 against the Montreal Canadiens, who qualified for the foam ball. Winning a place in the playoffs in the game-and the task assigned to Fletcher’s window decoration is not exactly an interior designer’s dream.
Giving up first place, Robert Hager and second-round picks in exchange for Rasmus Ristolainen, who is arguably the worst defensive player in the league with the worst analytical ability, is bad enough. But paying Coyotes a second-round pick to get Shayne Gostisbehere and open up cap space is even worse. And this is just the beginning.
Flyers found that his position was basically back to where Fletcher was when he first boarded. He has overseen a roster restart. Why should I give him another one?
3. Doug Wilson, San Jose
How many elderly people can you tie a boat anchor to before people start to question your work status?
What a shocking attitude Doug Wilson took to the chaos he created in San Jose. Not long ago, this was a team that really wanted to win. A team preparing to participate in the Cup even persuaded Kevin Lebank to accept a one-year, $1 million contract, so that they have enough salary space to do so.
That’s no use. And now, the Sharks find themselves in the basement of the NHL, trapped in salary cap hell, and a series of unshakable contracts are deteriorating every minute.
The acquisition of Erik Karlsson is great! According to reports, the doctor almost immediately gave him $11.5 million in eight years after he removed half of his ankle bone. Nor did he sign an eight-year contract with Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the age of 31, just in time for his performance to plummet, which his fellow players tend to do. Or before buying him out this off-season, giving Martin Jones $5.75 million in six years to make him a goalkeeper below 0.900 is certainly not the smartest idea. Or sign a seven-year contract with Ivan De Kane, even though his history is notoriously out of place. Or lock the aging Brent Burns in a deal that will not expire before his 40s.
Do I need to continue?
With these contracts, the Sharks cannot win. And Wilson can’t move them either. He was trapped in a prison he carefully constructed.
Letting him solve this mess is like hiring the person who burned down your house to take care of the renovation.
2. Marc Bergevin, Montreal;
What exactly did Marc Bergevin do? What did he really accomplish?
Of course, due to an unexpected combination of injuries, shooting and goalkeeping luck, he led the team to the incredible Stanley Cup finals last season. That is true. You can’t refute it.
What you can’t dispute is how Bergevin threw half of his core players to a free agent during that offseason, was dunked by the opponent’s quote, and then watched his team fall all the way back to the basement. .
If this is your highest achievement, your ass should be sweating now.
Bergevin is the king of mediocrity. To be honest, his ability to build a roster that looks strong enough on paper to make it into the playoffs is amazing-this is a boss’s dream, and his profit depends on the two home games of the playoffs. .
After ten years of his tenure, the pointer has hardly moved. The Canadians are currently 4-12-2. They still can’t score goals, they are still on the ceiling of the salary cap, and they are still allergic to drafts and developing their talents.
This is an alarming failure in the construction of the roster, which shows that Bergaven cannot identify young talents, and if he does, he is willing to deal with it lightly in pursuit of a competitive window that will never really open.
If Bergaven has not established a competitor yet, why do you believe he will do it?
1. Jim Benning, Vancouver
Jim Benning is not on the hot table. Jim Benning is sitting in the fire.
Listen, I can sit here and write a well-structured argument about why Benning is not only worthy of this hot seat, but should be considered the worst active general manager in the NHL, and I believe my editor will like it. He might even give me a crisp high five, which will make me happy. But this will be a futile effort.
No, I just want Benning’s deal to be self-evident.
-Louis Eriksson 6 years, 6 million US dollars per person
-Tyler Myers 5 years, 6 million US dollars per person
-Brandon Sutter 5 years, 4.375 million US dollars per person
-Erik Gudbransson for three years, 4 million US dollars per person
-Luca Sbisa three years, 3.6 million US dollars per person
-Jay Beagle 4 years, 3 million US dollars per person
-Derek Dorsett 4 years, 2.65 million US dollars per person
This is just the tip of the iceberg, baby.
No one is better at throwing ridiculous money at substitute players than Jim Benning. None of the names on this list are worthy of the money Benning paid them, and none of them are worthy of their names.
In the era of ceilings, the NHL list was mainly established through the erosion of the middle class. Superstars make a lot of money, while the rest of the lineup is filled by role players, whether it’s close to the league minimum or the league minimum, or ELC rookies.
But not Benning. No, this guy is so insistent on keeping that middle-class player alive that he is willing to bid with himself for their service, thus putting the Canucks into a hat hell they can never escape.
Even if Benning sent Eriksson, Beagle, and Antoine Russell (another terrible contact) to Arizona this offseason, he did manage to dig a way out of the ruins and reduce A salary of $12 million, but he miraculously shot himself in the foot in the process. By replacing the rapidly declining Oliver Ekman-Larson, his deal will not expire until 2027.
Canucks fans deserve better. Hockey fans deserve better. Heck, Elias Peterson and Quinn Hughes-who wasted their peak years due to Benning’s repeated inability to build a competitive team-deserve better treatment.