Wednesday, March 07, 2007

THN ranks the GMs

This week's issue of The Hockey News just hit my mailbox, and in it, the THN team ranks the NHL's 30 general managers, from worst to first. Remarkably, Garth Snow makes out alright.

Compare these results from a poll I took early in the year (one that appears to be heavily influenced by Oilers bloggers).
  1. Ken Holland, Detroit
  2. Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey
  3. Brian Burke, Anaheim
  4. Darcy Regier, Buffalo
  5. Jim Rutherford, Carolina
  6. Jay Feaster, Tampa Bay
  7. David Poile, Nashville
  8. Darryl Sutter, Calgary
  9. Doug Risebrough, Minnesota
  10. Doug Wilson, San Jose
  11. Kevin Lowe, Edmonton
  12. Paul Holmgren, Philadelphia
  13. David Nonis, Vancouver
  14. John Muckler, Ottawa
  15. Bob Gainey, Montreal
  16. Garth Snow, N.Y. Islanders
  17. Ray Shero, Pittsburgh
  18. Dale Tallon, Chicago
  19. Don Waddell, Atlanta
  20. Doug Armstrong, Dallas
  21. Dean Lombardi, Los Angeles
  22. John Ferguson, Toronto
  23. George McPhee, Washington
  24. Glen Sather, N.Y. Rangers
  25. Peter Chiarelli, Boston
  26. Jacques Martin, Florida
  27. Francois Giguere, Colorado
  28. Mike Barnett, Phoenix
  29. Doug MacLean, Columbus
  30. Larry Pleau, St. Louis
Somehow, someway, Doug MacLean manages to escape the basement.

I honestly believe Feaster's far too high on this list given his team's struggles since the lockout, while a guy like Doug Armstrong deserves some credit for continually icing a strong team in his five seasons at the helm. I also think Giguere has done a decent job given the absolute mess he was handed in Denver.

What Tallon did to deserve such a high ranking is beyond me.

Something like this is certainly a tough undertaking, given the difference in tenure between someone like Holmgren (a few months) and Lamoriello (a few centuries), but I think the list is reasonably solid. The Top 10 is a pretty good representation of managers who have had a great deal of success the past few years.



At 4:12 p.m., March 07, 2007, Anonymous JTE said...

I wanted to jump in and defend Doug Wilson's honor, since he seems to be better than Top 10. But I can't really argue for many of the guys above him being dropped.

Except Risebrough; what the hell has he done? The team is a financial success, but hasn't been impressive on the ice. So, I move Wilson to #9.

None of the 8 above him would have given Nabokov that contract with a NTC while he was in the middle of sucking so bad.

At 4:16 p.m., March 07, 2007, Anonymous Dobs said...

Long time listener, first time caller. It's an interesting list put forth by THN and overall one I think is pretty good (although I too have issues with Feaster).

I don't know if you saw, but Forbes magazine tackled the same thing last week but came to the exact opposite conclusion - they found Holland to be the worst GM in all of hockey.

At 4:19 p.m., March 07, 2007, Anonymous Dobs said...

Here's the link.

At 4:25 p.m., March 07, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

nice, ken holland got as many votes as Dale Tallon in your poll.

At 4:27 p.m., March 07, 2007, Blogger stytzer said...

Ken Holland deserves to be no. 1. Funny/strange/whatever that no-one voted for him in your poll!??

At 4:42 p.m., March 07, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Doug Risebrough should get an eternal asterisk for the Gilmour trade. Even if Minnesota wins 10 straight Cups, that asterisk should haunt him.

At 4:46 p.m., March 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is sweet Lou doing up there? Shouldn't you have to play by the rules in order to win any contest of wit

At 5:21 p.m., March 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to talk to Canada Post, the top goalies issue just hit my mailbox today. Looks like us Albertans are a full week behind Toronto when it comes to magazine delivery.

At 6:02 p.m., March 07, 2007, Blogger Pleasure Motors said...

If your poll was significantly Oiler-blogger-biased, I'd be really curious to see what the results of the same poll would be now.

At 7:41 p.m., March 07, 2007, Blogger Paul said...

To be fair to Tallon, he did:
- land a franchise player (Havlat) for a disappointment (Bell) and a third wheel (Smolinski)
- acquire Handzus for a player (Calder) he would later re-acquire (albeit briefly) for half the cost (Kukkonen).
Early on, these two moves looked like a stroke of brilliance until injuries derailed it. Throw in a Towes and this team should be much better next year.

At 12:45 a.m., March 08, 2007, Anonymous Chris DeGroat said...

How's that work?

In a decade as a GM, Pleau has one sub .500 season on his record... this all while Bill Laurie and his sidekick Dick Thomas did everything they could get in the way of rational management.

And that makes him the worst GM?

Worse than someone that hasn't built a playoff team yet?

At 11:06 a.m., March 08, 2007, Blogger Gare Joyce said...

In a lot of situations, it's hard to figure out who owns what. To wit, Feaster in Tampa was hardly the (only) architect of the Lightning's Stanley Cup win. A lot of the personnel was inherited. Certainly Holland and Lou have been on the scene long enough to put their stamp on the franchises. JFJ: You can criticize a lot of moves but his hardship wasn't entirely of his own making. Would Ken Holland have been able to turn around the Leafs? Or would JFJ moved into Tampa and taken the franchise to a Cup? Why does everything have to be a list anyway? I will say that Risebrough is a solid GM -- I would trust Jacques Lemaire's judgment on that. He wouldn't work for a regular Joe.


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