Bishop for Cernak has finally let me move on from my Cloutier trama
That deal backfired in many ways. Budaj played over his head that year, Quick was due back in weeks.
Let it go, you'll feel better.
I think these are the moves that leave him still without a job offer. I mean, I hate the Lucic trade, but I get it - it makes some sense and if it works, it's genius. But the trades like this... I mean maybe I'm remembering wrong, but I know I wasn't excited to get Bishop and I don't remember on here people saying we got Bishop! It was more of a huh? He just lost the script at the end.
In the end, Lombardi went against everything he preached at the "Breakfast with the GM" meetings when he was first hired. Desperation is a terrible motivator... the organization has taken years to recover from Dean bankrupting the pipeline.
Probably true but he was using the "Detroit model" of trying to continue the winning. It ended up more like the "Old Kings model" which never worked. Most of his trades actually made sense but the Bishop move was a head-scratcher.
As to Cernak: KingSteve above said it best. There are a lot of lost opportunities and mistakes with EVERY franchise. Cernak we gave up too early on. Kind of reminds me of Kimmo Timonnen (sp?) with the Nashville expansion draft. There's a guy that was around a LONG time that the Kings let go just to keep Gary Galley (an older vet by then) from the expansion draft. I originally thought this had something to do with protecting Fiset and Storr...I'm not sure here. In either case that is a BIG screw up. Maybe Cernak will be the same. Oops...
Lombardi vastly overpaid for Lucic. I remember saying at the time he was already a player in decline.
Then Dean blew the Sekera negotiation. Those two management failures signaled that the master plan was unraveling.
All a part of the "Detroit...er....Old Kings model" that he failed at. The trades that made sense I was referring to were the ones made before 2015. The Lucic was especially bad considering what Futa said a couple of months ago how they were prepared to take Barzal with the pick they eventually sent Boston. Oops.
Again, you have to admit it is a very difficult task to keep the system going after you've won two Cups. Do you re-sign your players or trade them? Do you add vets or go after picks. It's tough and most teams fail at it. Bill Torrey always said it's better to trade a player too early rather than too late. I don't know but NYI had a hard time after their Cup runs in the early 80s....then again they did win FOUR in a row and a finals loss. Pretty damn good
When the team missed the playoffs in 2015, it was time to start the process of shaking up the roster, getting younger, and seriously considering replacing Sutter. Dean went in the opposite direction and the team today reflects that poor judgement. 2 Cups in 3 years was an amazing accomplishment in the salary cap era, but Lomdardi wanted to be Bowman.