Bowser wrote:Jesse - I think Patrick dug his own grave with his body of work starting with the Jagr trade. There was no excuse for him not to receive one legitimate NHL player instead opting for three prospects with major problems.
Beech couldn't skate, Lupaschuk ignored his defensive responsibility, and Sivek looked to be a lesser version of Tomas Surovy.
Nevermind the fact that they traded for prospects, it was the discission to not bring back contract money that made that trade a monumental failure. They could have gotten 3 good young proven NHL players. Marleau/Sturm/Rathje from San Jose or the equivilant would have been easy to swing for a 4 time scoring champion in his prime. Of course those players would have had contracts that would have added to nearly the same as they were sending away with Jagr (excluding Kucera who was a whole other mistake). The beauty is that Patrick would have divided the Jagr problem into bite sized chunks and could have kept one of those 3. The other 2 could have yeilded prospects of at least the same skill level as Sivek and Lupaschuk. Certainly they would have had time to move 2 of those contracts during the time of the Kasparitus and Kovalev fire sales.
It would appear that they wanted one last shot at a Cup with Jagr and maybe Lemieux wanted that Cup run more than Jagr did. If that makes any sense ? Maybe holding onto Jagr for one more year brought upon a sense of panic to the owners and they forced CP's hand. Patrick could have stood up and said,"Bite sized chunks baby, trust the clover ********!" but he did'nt.