Just wondering about a few things...
The announcement the other day that Brian Burke would be returning to the Anaheim Ducks next season, for the last year on his contract, struck us as being, well, somewhat academic.
He is, after all, under contract for one more season and while there has been considerable speculation, there are no indications there was a specific request from another team for his services. So it made sense, as Burke would put it, unless and until a request came in to declare that he will carry on as general manager for the good of operation of the Anaheim franchise.
But what happens if a request for permission to talk is made?
Now, that too may be academic.
As some have reasoned, the announcement may have been a clear indication that the Ducks do not intend to allow Burke to depart and will try to sign him to an extension, although wasn't there a long-term extension already on his desk?
If you are running the Vancouver Canucks and you are hiring a new general manager, even if you have a preferred candidate, would it not make sense to interview others to make sure your guy is, indeed, the right guy and to listen and learn from experienced hockey people what they think of your team and ways to improve it?
Having said all that, I'm not sure why there is such great angst about player agent Mike Gillis getting the general manager job in Vancouver.
If it is personal, fine. A guy like Kevin Lowe, for instance, has his reasons. He's still miffed over the Michael Nylander non-signing.
If it is because he is a player agent, well, that makes no sense. Gillis is a former player, he has been an agent for many years, meaning he knows how to negotiate contracts and understands the economic side of the business.
Agents who are successful have to recruit talent, so there is a fit there, too. And they know of the wants and needs of the players and presumably have watched enough games to understand how a team should play.
That doesn't make everyone eligible, but it shouldn't exclude all of them, either. Burke was once an agent. So, too, was Pierre Lacroix and they both have Stanley Cup rings.
Which team will be the smartest and the quickest to hire former Dallas Stars general manager Doug Armstrong, and who will look at the job Neil Smith did in a short period of time with the New York Islanders, years after winning the Stanley Cup with the Rangers, and give him another general manager's job?
What exactly were they thinking when they decided it was a good idea to sell beer in plastic bottles in a hockey arena?
It's one thing to serve water in plastic bottles, it's another to serve beer.
And then they are surprised when the bottles get tossed?