I like Terry.
And while I feel like I'm basically repeating posts that I've put here and there on several occasions over the last year or so, here goes:
The idea (perhaps not the one being urged here, but it's being implicated nonetheless) that he's some mastermind megalomaniac engaged in some sort of long con is getting really, really tired.
A (too) plainspoken, somehow sorta naive billionaire bought a professional sports franchise in early 2011 -- one that was near and dear to his heart (I believe him) -- and, in what can be fairly characterized as a euphoric ("drunk," if you will) state, said a bunch of over-the-top stuff intended to let fans know that the new ownership was going to take a different tack than the old ownership -- so he waxed poetic (well, as poetic as Terry waxes) about the purpose of this franchise is to win the Cup and that he can make money by drilling wells, where's Perreault, yadda yadda.
A few years later, he has a different view of things. Frankly, he's sobered up a bit. He appreciates that, while the purpose of your franchise may be to win a cup, it's incredibly difficult to put yourself in a position to do so. He took a hard run at an immediate payoff in 2011. It didn't work. So he's re-tooling and hoping for the best. And his business people have apparently explained to him that he does the franchise (and his fellow owners (whatever
)) a disservice if he just does nothing but pump his own fortune into the team -- the thing's gotta be able to be a self-sustaining entity in order to survive and flourish long-term. So, yes, there are some *gasp*
very commercial, revenue-driven activities going on in and around Hockey Heaven.
The legitimate gripes with Terry are that (1) he's too loyal to his people (and therefore too reluctant to make a change at the top) and (2) he's arguably too close to the personnel-/roster-evaluation process.
And you know what? I'm mostly reconciled with those gripes. With apologies to Professor Pangloss, the world is a flawed place (was that d4rk's line?) and you take the good with the bad. Pegula's good far outweighs the bad.
Actually, he said "You can't put a timetable on CONTENDING for a Stanley Cup"......which is pretty sad, because plenty of teams contend for a Cup almost every year.
this is precisely my point.
it was nothing short of hubris to guarantee a Cup. there's a reason it is the most difficult trophy in all of sport to win. the best you can do is put yourself in a position to contend, legitimately contend -- the balance must be left to good fortune. just ask jay mckee.
EDIT: i also thought it made some sense when Chz chimed in that Ted may be working furiously to increase HRR so that the salary cap can go up and Terry can spend more kigash.
Edited by That Aud Smell, 27 September 2013 - 08:29 AM.