FallenHero96 wrote:Am I looking too far into things, or does it seem like Greg Malone seemed highest on Staal?
Hopefully Greg Malone is fired when the new GM comes him. In fact his whole staff has to go. I mean seriously, does anyone think Kevin Stevens makes for a good scout?
I think that should be priority number 2 for the new GM. First priority is getting Malkin over here. The second should be a major overhaul of the scouting staff. The bright future of the Pens is bright as a result of picking so low in the draft. But it's taken 4 seasons to get to this point. I'm glad we have Crosby, Fleury and Malkin in the future, but had the Pens drafted anything other than good AHL players prior to the age of futility, we wouldn't be talking about how great the future will be. I think, it's the moves that Patrick didn't make, just as much as the moves he did make, that cost him his job.
The first mistake was keeping his brother on as the coach of the Baby Pens. Players weren't being developed properly and we are suffering for it now. 2nd mistake, keeping the same scouts after years of drafting 1st round busts. Robert Dome, Craig Hillier, Morozov, now Kraft. Some people may say, "well look at the picks they've gotten in the last 4 years." Those were no-brainer picks. The most work CP did on draft day was trading to get Fleury. And even that didn't take much work as FLA already had their franchise goalie. The 3rd mistake was hiring Edzo, with no coaching experience, and without interviewing any other candidates. I think Edzo will turn out to be a good coach someday, but you don't hire someone with no coaching experience to coach an NHL team.
I forgot to mention another mistake. Keeping Kehoe around as the coach for almost two full seasons, when it was painfully obvious that he had no interest in coaching after his first 20 games.