HeyNowHK wrote:Pads got absolutely hosed with Shields - coming and going. I mean really got so little back considering how much money they ate. Only positive in the 2 years of Preller ruin, er reign, is all the early draft picks they have coming up this week (6 of the first 85). Aside from that, it's been a train wreck out there that is going to take years to recover from.
It's funny cause in a sense what he did, it's what every owner did 30 years ago (contracts were smaller back then), they tried to build winners. I respect a guy for trying to build a winner, but where I draw the line is trading prospects when the upside is, 2nd place if they're lucky? Too little reward for too much mortgaging of the future. But I still want to applaud the guy for trying to put a winner together. Yes, it was some of the worst GMing in the 21st century, but I still want to give the guy props for bucking the trend (not to mention common sense) and giving it a try. (does that make any sense at all?)
What I'm saying is, yes, he did some of the dumbest things any GM has ever done, but he did them for the right reasons, so, that gets him at least 20% back in terms of respect, but he still loses 80% of my respect cause he didn't see what everyone else on the planet saw.