Unfortunately, he is not a knowledgeable fan. Instead, he's the type of fan Mike Schopp hangs up on.
He is the type of fan that respects the hockey brain of Andrew Peters and thinks his favourite former Sabre would make a great hockey czar. The type of fan this board usually smacks down with a vengeance.
He bought a new toy and asked Darcy to throw a bunch of money at free agents he'd heard of. All that achieved was the delay of needed rebuild and the burning of a lot of money.
He cottoned on to this "bold" strategy of tanking, then he ######-canned Regier when he realized how tough that strategy was, even though he was warned there would be suffering.
He happened upon a favourite former player by chance and hired him to run his team without any research into his job qualification or, apparently having an idea of what his job description would actually be. He signed off next on a favourite former coach who couldn't buy a job in the NHL and whose expertise dated back to 1995. Lafontaine and Nolan were rapidly considered failures and tossed aside
He threw ridiculous money at at the biggest free agent coach, only to be left at the altar, either used, or abandoned by a wise man. He then peckishly settled for the next biggest name on the market, vastly overpaying in money and term. Two years later the bloom is off that rose and into the trash Dan Bylsma goes.
He hired a socially inept scouting savant to rebuild through the acquisition and development of good young talent. He fired Tim Murray after his lack of social grace rubbed thin and before those kids had a chance to develop.
He brought in one Wormtongue to run the business, then pushed Ted Black out when a better Grima (Russ Brandon) slithered into his earshot. We won't bother discussing the parallels with his other team, the Bills.
He flits from whim to another, chasing instant gratification and the big score without ever showing the patience, persistence and long-term vision needed to finish the job. Always knowing better.
He is a fan.
That was supposed to be a good thing.
I don't expect this morning's press conference to do anything but reinforce the fact that PA was right.
Edited by dudacek, 21 April 2017 - 12:57 AM.