Tom Lynn just rubs me the wrong way.
I know it's not his job to rub me the right way (*ahem*), but I feel like, it's fine for him to be the organEYEzation hardass, but then maybe they should keep him locked up in a backroom like the bean counter he is so that he doesn't keep shooting himself - and the organEYEzation - in the foot by saying obnoxious, arrogant or just plain stupid things - at least not where other people can hear them.
Like this gem from Russo's Sunday piece on Backstrom:
"'The organizations that react to some short-term angst usually make big mistakes, like Roman Turek in Calgary,' said Lynn, referring to what turned out to be a disastrous four-year, $19 million deal the Flames signed Turek to in 2001. 'So the best thing you want to do is look what you need to do strategically and do the right thing for the team.'"
Okay, I'll break it down for you, Tommy boy.
First, since when is the contract situation of your #1 goalie "short-term angst?" The Wild and the current situation with Backstrom is the first time in the history of the NHL that the resolution of a team's top goalie's contract situation has come up? Please. I think it's entirely reasonable to think your #1 goalie is an important part of the team. You don't?
As far as short-term relative to this season, we fans were holding off on the Backstrom situation because your boss (Risebrough) told us he was going to wait until the Gaborik situation was resolved to deal with Backstrom. That's resolved - and in another spectacular black eye for your group, Lynn - so now our focus shifts to Backstrom. "Short-term" is your own doing, not ours. And no amount of revisionist history or obfuscation can change that.
Second, don't ever compare the Wild to the Flames again, unless you enjoy embarrassing yourself, that is. The Flames are currently as well-crafted a team as there is in the league. The Wild doesn't even have a #1 center.
Third, Mr. Lynn, if you honestly think Backstrom is comparable to Turek, then really there's nothing I can do for you. That big contract he got came after one good season (42 wins, 1.95 GAA, 0.912 SPCT with St. Louis in 99-00.) That season came after parts of three unremarkable seasons as a backup. He never duplicated it, no, but he had given Calgary far less reason to think he'd live up to the contract than Backstrom has at this point. And, more importantly, Backstrom has already lived up to one sizable new contract. If that's the best you can do in terms of negotiating tactics then you need to go find a grassy field and some sheep to tend. As Risebrough's dog walker, you must be a player agent's wet dream.
Fourth, you just can't open your mouth without some kind of effete, sanctimonious, "I'm Smarter Than You" crap puking out of it, can you, Lynn? "So the best thing you want to do is look at what you want to do strategically and do the right thing for the team."
So wait, like, as the Assistant GM, you're saying your job is to think strategically and try to put the team's best interests first? Wow....thanks for that. We mortals never would have figured that one out. Tell me, were you guys thinking strategically when you drafted Thelen? How about when you signed Manny to his monstrous deal? What about giving Pouliot a job before camp was even done this season? Or going into the season with only two legit centers? So, that was doing the right thing for the team? Look, your statement might be accurate, but then you and your boss are woefully unable to carry out your own doctrine.
I'm reserving judgment of Risebrough until the end of this season. But Lynn can step off the carousel anytime, as far as I'm concerned. The thought that we have pompous morons like this in positions of power in senior management sadly just makes it that much easier to put the team's current issues into context.
Mr. Lynn, do us all a favor and shut your pie hole. Better yet, just go away.