Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/10/10 at 04:11 PM ET
from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,
If I was handing Yzerman the keys to my franchise, I’d be much more encouraged by the fact he’s apprenticed as vice-president, hockey operations for a Detroit management team that has long set the standard for how successful clubs are run.
Being an NHL GM has become a more complex, intricate vocation as the salary-capped years float on by. Certainly many of the responsibilities can be delegated to people with acumen in a given field, but there’s still far more information to synthesize in the decision-making process than ever before.
Mark Messier will soon set about putting together Canada’s entry at the 2010 World Championship. If he can follow Yzerman’s victorious lead, does that fully endorse his ability to put winning pieces in place in the NHL? It sure doesn’t hurt. More than anything, it would thrust him into a positive spotlight and get his name in the heads and on the lips of people who make big decisions at the NHL ownership level.
But that same group of people can’t get blinded by the bling. Cutting down a tree with a chainsaw is a far different exercise than hacking through oak with an axe.
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