Considering that Winnipeg misplaced the primary iteration of the Jets after which waited a very long time for that elusive playoff win – not simply series victory, only a playoff win – this present run is a heartwarming success story.
Still, it all the time felt slightly gross how issues ended with the Atlanta Thrashers. To be extra particular, it appeared actually harsh that Rick Dudley acquired one measly season as GM, and the identical went for Craig Ramsay as head coach.
Now, certain, the 2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers did fall in need of the postseason, as all however one of many Thrashers groups did. And whereas it required a variety of persistence, Dudley’s alternative Kevin Cheveldayoff marinated a mouth-watering crock pot of talent. Still, Dudley deserves a variety of credit score for some really exceptional work in what was basically only one season, and maybe he’ll assist the Carolina Hurricanes make some aggressive strides ahead now that he’s part of that front office.
Poaching former Blackhawks
It’s not stunning that Dudley determined to commerce for former Chicago Blackhawks throughout fairly the begin to his GM marketing campaign from late June to early July 2010. After all, he was within the Blackhawks group not that lengthy earlier than transferring on to Atlanta, and that group had simply received its first Stanley Cup.
The distinction is that the Thrashers landed extra than simply “guys who won championships.” We’ve seen loads of examples in sports activities of rings misguiding groups (the Raiders paying a ransom for Larry Brown after he received a Super Bowl ranks as a private favourite), however within the case of the gamers Dudley focused, they had been as an alternative supporting forged members who might deal with marquee roles.
To begin, the Thrashers landed Dustin Byfuglien in a, effectively, Byfuglien-sized trade. While Chicago acquired picks and a variety of gamers had been concerned, that was an enormous win for Dudley’s facet. (To be truthful, Chicago was buying and selling from a place of weak point with the primary large cap crunch actually hurting their depth.)
Not simply poaching Blackhawks
People joke in regards to the Boston Bruins buying and selling away Tyler Seguin and others in questionable offers, but Blake Wheeler‘s name doesn’t come up fairly often. Maybe as a result of it’s powerful for some to appreciate that he was really with Boston and even loved a 21-goal season.
Anyway, Dudley concocted maybe his best trade in February 2011, buying Wheeler and Mark Stuart from the Bruins for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik.
It says so much about Dudley’s work that, even contemplating the good expertise available in Winnipeg because of Cheveldayoff, Byfuglien and Wheeler had been arguably the biggest heroes from last night’s big Game 3 win.
As an extra level, it’s value noting that the Ramsay/Dudley regime pushed to best utilize Byfuglien as a defenseman, too.
Now, after all, it’s been fairly some time since Dudley performed these strikes. He’s bounced the around the league as an assistant GM for a while, and it’s powerful to gauge a) if he had a lot of a hand in Montreal’s blunders (how did he really feel about buying and selling P.K. Subban?) and b) how a lot energy he’ll wield in Carolina, anyway.
For all we all know, Dudley might steer the Hurricanes within the flawed course. Maybe he’d zig towards greater, outdated gamers whereas the league is zagging within the course of velocity and ability? Perhaps the Jets had been nonetheless wiser to half methods with Dudley slightly than retaining him round after relocating?
Those are all truthful questions.
If nothing else, Jets followers ought to salute Dudley’s work. After all, Dudley completed extra in a single yr than some GMs handle throughout fairer, longer reigns.