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Where Does Your GM Stand?

from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,

We’re closing on the quarter mark of the NHL season. How secure is your favourite team’s front office feeling?

Unlike with coaches, it’s exceedingly rare to see a team make a mid-season GM change. While the Panthers shifted Tom Rowe behind the bench last year, you’d have to go back to Calgary’s Jay Feaster and Buffalo’s Darcy Regier in 2013 for the last time a GM was outright fired during a season. So when we talk about GMs being on the hot seat, that’s not to say they’re a bad week away from cleaning out their offices.

But it’s still true that some GMs are in better shape than others. Some guys are so secure that it’s almost impossible to imagine their team with someone else at the helm anytime soon; others might need a big season to save their jobs.

Today, let’s run through the entire league and take our best guess at whose seat might be feeling frosty, and whose could be starting to smoke.

Group No. 1: The ice-cold seats

These are the GMs who are basically untouchable right now, based on their team’s recent track record of success. We’re including them for the sake of completeness, but barring something ridiculous happening they’re not worth worrying about. That group includes Jim Rutherford (Penguins), David Poile (Predators), Stan Bowman (Blackhawks) and Steve Yzerman (Lightning).


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After all Holland has done in Detroit, he’s earned the right to have a say in how it ends.

I despise this BS philosophy. He didn’t build the team, he inherited a great team and maintained it but I don’t see how he’s earned the right to fix it.

If I break my car, the fact that I’ve been driving it for 20 years doesn’t mean I know how to fix it or have earned the right to try and fix it myself.

If you want to build a team (or rebuild a team), you should hire someone who has built a team before, not a simply manager.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/14/17 at 10:43 AM ET

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After all Holland has done in Detroit, he’s earned the right to have a say in how it ends.

It should read “After Holland didn’t mess up the organization Jimmy D built, ...”

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/14/17 at 10:56 AM ET


All Holland should have earned was the opportunity to rebuild post Lidstrom. He’s had that and the results haven’t been good. Not only is the W-L and playoff record not acceptable but he’s gone on to burden the future of the team with some lousy contracts. The situation on defense is pretty horrendous and the prospect pool isn’t exactly deep.

Posted by evileye on 11/14/17 at 11:53 AM ET

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