McNall is just another in a long line of testimonies stating that the 1980's were the worst and most fraudulent decade in American history. The politics, false hope, false economy and bizarrely plastic and fake culture are all embarrassments.
As a fan for more than ten years before the Gretzky era, I don't look back at that period with warm fuzzies. The team was finally building from within and developing star players. McNall did nothing heroic - he stole money and used our team as a personal plaything. He bought the shiniest toys and rode them into the ground until he was caught. I have no sympathy for him.
Maybe those who just started watching the games at that time can romanticize that period, but it was a terrible blow to the franchise. Cronyism reigned, Gretzky was the de facto gm, quality players were dealt because they couldn't pay them, the Gretzky trade killed their chance of drafting and developing quality players for nearly a decade. One magical run to a near Cup doesn't make up for the crap that had to be endured for the next 15 seasons.