We make fun of one Eric Francis over here, but we have to give some dap to the man. His latest piece, in which he deftly maneuvers Darryl into sticking the sword into his own chest, was pretty good. Seriously, the more Darryl opens his mouth, the deeper his grave is dug, so kudos to Francis for serving the rancher up some Milskey before the interview started.
Honestly, where to start the scalpel into all this Darryl Sutter provided horse shit?
- We had to trade Dion to keep Gio and Bourque
No, no you didn't. Anybody with some experience in finance should be able to inform you that money is fungible. What this means in this context is that money for something can from anywhere you can generate money from. Say you have a rental business. You also have a widget business. You can use money from the widget business to pay bills for your rental business. You don't have to sell the rental business to generate the capital.
Same thing here. Darryl didn't have to trade a guy he signed to an inflated contract years before acquiring either Bourque or Gio to sign Bourque or Gio. It's a stupid suggestion on it's face. Darryl would have had the money to sign Bourque or Gio if he didn't sign Sarich, or JBlow, or extend Iggy, or if he had traded Langkow, or any number of possible combinations of events. What Darryl is really admitting to here is that he mismanaged the salary cap, and because of that he had to then go out and make a trade, not for pure hockey reasons, but for financial reasons. Which, again, SHOULD PROBABLY GET HIS ASS FIRED. People, Tallon did the same thing, really. The only difference is he won a Stanley Cup. And he got fired. It's a joke that Darryl has a job.
- Dion Didn't Want To Play Here
Darryl Sutter no longer gets the benefit of the doubt with us. We think he is lying because we can see his mouth moving. So when he suggests, again, that Dion wanted out (because Darryl didn't make him the captain, or whatever Darryl was suggesting) we tend to take it with a grain of salt. Dion had millions of dollars and a city full of puck bunnies to play with. We highly doubt he hated his time here.
Now, in the Darryl's defence, Dion is a selfish player on the ice, and as more and more stories come out, it appears he may have been selfish in the locker room too. So we can definitely see a situation where some of his teammates didn't like Dion playing here. But that's entirely different. So which is it, Darryl? Because in this interview he implies that Dion wanted out, which Dion and Burke have denied, and that Dion's teammates wanted him out.
Also, can we take a step back for a moment and reflect on the fact that we have a GM who seems to not worry about the future effects of airing out a players dirty laundry in the media? We'd like to be able to sign some good free agents in the future. If they think Darryl is going to rat them out the moment things turn a little sour, that becomes more difficult. WHICH IS ANOTHER REASON DARRYL SHOULD BE OUT LOOKING FOR WORK.
- Darryl Only Talked To One Trade Partner Because Only A Limited Number Of Teams Could Afford Dion
Again, we have to call bullshit on this. First off, most obviously, how do you know if you don't ask? Honestly, you don't know that some owner wouldn't increase payroll to bring in Dion, to generate some buzz for his hockey team, especially if you don't ask. Poor people don't own hockey teams (actually, this is the NHL we are talking about...) which means that there was the potential out there, even for teams that don't spend to the cap, for some owner to step up to the plate and assume Dion's contract. The Senators just committed 5.5 million dollars to the cap, for 3 years, to sign a 36 year old Gonchar. They wouldn't have traded for Dion?
But Darryl doesn't know because Darryl didn't ask. We know he didn't ask because the GM of the Sabres told everyone he didn't ask.
Darryl says in the article (paraphrase): There are about 15 teams in the league that had no chance at Dion because they couldn't afford him.
Fine, even if we accept that presumption (which we don't) that means that there are 15 teams left for Darryl to go out and create a bidding war for Dion with. And he still didn't even do that. WHICH, AGAIN, IS A GOOD REASON THE MAN SHOULD BE OUT OF A J-O-B.
- Matt Stajan Needs To Be Our Daymond Langkow
Yeah, Darryl Sutter said that. Where is RO when you need him, eh? We are tempted to reach out and let him pen a piece on that line alone.
THE FACT DARRYL SUTTER THOUGHT MATT STAJAN COULD REPLICATE DAYMOND LANGKOWS ON ICE EFFECTIVENESS MEANS HE IS UNQUALIFIED FOR THE JOB OF GM OF A NHL TEAM.
We can't state it any more clearly than that. Daymond Langkow plays against good players, and on his career is a plus 82. Matt Stajan is Matt Stajan and is a career 0. How does Sutter keep his job?
- Nik Hagman Is A Top Six Forward
Yeah, on the Islanders.
- Trading Ian White For Badsuck And Two Years, At A Million Dollars, Of Tommy K.
This was, again, a purely financial trade. It was done to save a million dollars. Why did Darryl need to save a million dollars? Was it because his other contracts proved to be so poorly valued? Was it because the NHL doctors were going to green light Kotalicksballs and Darryl was forced to find cap space to play the worst contract in the NHL's (well, besides the Phaneuf one)? No, not at all.
He had to trade Ian White so he could sign Bourque and Gio...
This is getting more and more embarrassing by the day. You guys ever hear of a cat by the name of Rasputin? He was a sleazy opportunists that managed to worm his way into the Russian Tzars court back in the day. Once there, he promptly began giving the Tzars wife the dicking she was missing and ended up having a big say in matters of state. This wasn't a problem in and of itself, except for the fact that a) Rasputin was fucking crazy and b) it doesn't look good on the Tzar to have the guy who is boning his wife make decisions that affect the state. It was a wholly embarrassing situation both for the Tzar and for Russia.
But you know what? The people around the Tzar couldn't get rid of him. No matter the latest fuckup, Rasputin was safe in his job. It got very frustrating for the Russian court. The Tzars wife, a woman who had a head in the clouds and no anchor in reality, kept Rasputin ensconced in safety, because she was loving the dick (if you are going to talk to me about her freak son, grow the fuck up). The Tzar loved his wife so he was paralyzed to act. He figured he could buy time and ride the situation out, and everything would work out. But obviously it didn't, because why would it?
So you know what happened? One day everyone at the court but the Tzar went Roman Senate on Rasputins ass. They poisoned him, they shot him, and eventually they threw him in a river and drowned his ass. And guess what? Shit improved after, because some mercury swilling huckster wasn't at the levers of state power anymore.
Moral of the story? Crazy people don't get less crazy. The longer they are allowed to stay on, the more damage they do. And the harder it is to get rid of them.
Good story eh, Murray Edwards?
God Bless King Ralph. Best wishes, get healthy.
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired. Especially after saying that Mike Keenan ruined Dion's development by playing him lots of minutes against good competition. That man comes off more daft than Darryl. And we like how Kerr has lots to say about Keenan the moment Keenan leaves the room, but never had anything to say about the man while he was here. Stay classy.