THN.com: Ken Campbell of the Hockey News ranks the thirty general managers with Garth Snow placed at nineteenth. In it he felt the Islander gm has made some pretty solid moves, although it wasn’t as if Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie and Ruslan Fedotenko were flooded with free agent offers but has done a reasonably good job of giving himself latitude by keeping his players on short-term contracts, particularly veterans who can sometimes become albatrosses.
Here is the list, I will give my thoughts in a sentence.
1. Brian Burke, Anaheim-Cup winner get's top spot, despite questionable moves.
2. Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey-Keeps finding ways, is Sutter safe into next year?
3. Ken Holland, Detroit-Keeps winning.
4. Bob Gainey, Montreal-Bad summer but his prospects and Kovalev have been huge.
5. Darryl Sutter, Calgary-How long before Keenan causes problems?
6. Doug Risebrough, Minnesota-High grade considering one cup run and a mediocrity.
7. David Poile, Nashville-Given ownership firesale circumstances he's done well.
8. Brett Hull/Les Jackson, Dallas-Is he kidding with this, Dallas is third.
9. Doug Wilson, San Jose-Should even be higher.
10. Paul Holmgren, Philadelphia-Won Nashville firesale, but pressure on.
11. Jim Rutherford, Carolina-Quietly has done better than a ninth ranking.
12. Francois Giguere, Colorado-Spent money for Smyth, does that make him smart?
13. Ray Shero, Pittsburgh-Inherited some great talent, Hossa trade goes on him.
14. Peter Chiarelli, Boston-Made a great coaching choice who should be Jack Adams.
15. Darcy Regier, Buffalo-It's on Golisano for not spending or Regier should go.
16. David Nonis, Vancouver-He robbed Florida for Luongo, deserves better.
17. Glen Sather, New York Rangers-Maloney did a great job with late round picks.
18. Don Maloney, Phoenix Coyotes-Does not take skill to claim waiver, why Montoya?
19. Garth Snow, New York Islanders-Fair ranking and review.
20. Jacques Martin, Florida-I think he's gone before Jokinen, great move for Vokoun.
21. George McPhee, Washington-Prospects look fantastic, but it took forever.
22. Dave Tallon, Chicago-Getting better but some moves were outright busts.
23. Cliff Fletcher, Toronto-How can he get a ranking for not moving players with NTC.
24. Bryan Murray, Ottawa-Will find a way to lose when it matters most.
25. Scott Howson, Columbus-First year, still a work in progress but how much longer?
26. Larry Pleau, St. Louis-Davidson the broadcaster should be listed with him.
27. Dean Lombardi, Los Angeles-Dave Taylor's prospects producing, how much longer?
28. Don Waddell, Atlanta-Time to go, despite Enstrom and making most of Hossa trade.
29. Kevin Lowe, Edmonton-Finishing strong, unfair ranking, has right to sign RFA.
30. Jay Feaster, Tampa Bay-Paying for contracts off that cup now, should stay.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Interesting stuff and of course very subjective. I'm not sure if it's based on this year only or the collective record before and projecting ahead? Handing over Ilya Bryzgalov to waivers and Andy McDonald for Doug Weight seem like questionable moves to be kind even if it cleared future cap space for Mr Burke. At least he put John Davidson's name behind some of Larry Pleau's moves. I'm not sure why Darcy Regier is rated where he is unless Mr Campbell is putting the blame on Tom Golisano.
How can Brett Hull/Les Jackson committee be put in the top eight for working in the prior general managers prospects?
Maybe I'm wrong but it seems since the Isles went to the West coast and got to tell their story to the media face to face they have gotten better treatment from the media or at least they tell the Islanders story a little better. Mr Campbell met with Rick DiPietro at the all-star break in Atlanta for those wondering.