Getting what he deserved

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

Bobby Clarke finally got the two-hander he deserved yesterday.

Just a few months after the resignation of Mike Milbury officially made Clarke the worst GM in hockey, the Philadelphia Flyers mouthpiece finally took the fall for turning his club into the poster child for mismanagement.

Trying in vain to save face by 'resigning' yesterday, it's clear owner Ed Snider finally got wise to Clarke's inability to adapt to today's game and whacked him.

The move comes days after Clarke demonstrated he had indeed run out of ways to cover for his mistakes by trying to pin the team's woes on Petr Nedved, Niko Dimitrakos and Nolan Baumgarter -- three players who had little to do with the Flyers slide.

They were interesting scapegoats considering he had signed Baumgartner to a ludicrous two year, $2.4-million deal this summer.

What Clarke should have done is point to either one of the main culprits behind the club's league-worst 1-6-1 start: Big, slow Derian Hatcher and equally as plodding Mike Rathje.

Both make $3.5 million this year in a league such dinosaurs no longer belong. Case in point: Hatcher is a league worst minus-10 with no points.

Demonstrating the type of rudderless leadership that saw Clarke feud publicly with team star Eric Lindros in 2000, Clarke had recently extended Ken Hitchcock's contract, costing the club even more money when he was fired yesterday.

Bless Bobby Clarke for being refreshingly outspoken and for his on-ice efforts as a gritty leader of the Flyers and Team Canada. But he couldn't get through his head that bigger and tougher is not the way to go in today's game.

At least he admitted he let the team down and "didn't do the right job for the organization."

The door is now wide open for someone else to emerge as the league's most inept front-office type. Just a hunch but Islanders GM Garth Snow may finally lead the league in something.

Now, more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering how a league can justify byes the final week of the season.

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