Perspective On The Monster

Surprised it took this long, but finally someone wrote just how nutty this whole Monster reality tour is:

“The wining and dining. The tours of the city. Recruitment phone calls from past legendary players. Enough already. Gustavsson has yet to play ONE SECOND OF NHL HOCKEY YET. The Swedish Elite League is a fine league and all, but it aint the NHL…. If the guy is/was so good, why was he never drafted by an NHL team?”

Wow…great stuff from the AVS beat writer and awesome blogger Adrian Dater. The whole is laughable. You’d think he has 5 rings the way the guy is being received. Does anyone think he can possibly live up to the hype???


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June 21, 2009 9:00 pm

Its Toronto, if it were just the other 3 cities nobody would be talking about this tour.

June 21, 2009 9:54 pm

Fair comment. It has been quite amusing (ridiculous, silly, etc. take your pick) watching the recruitment process of Gustavsson. But it’s hardly uncommon. This sort of thing happens in every sport, including college athletics. Furthermore, even Adrian Dater realizes how much of a fallacy that drafting players is the only way to success. How come players like Martin St. Louis and Brian Rafalski slipped through the cracks? I guess they aren’t/weren’t any good either.

It’s the reality of the situation and teams/organizations can spend whatever money they wish to woo a player. College sports, well, that’s a different story for another day.

June 21, 2009 11:19 pm

well, no harm in giving it a shot right? Better to have something rather than nothing. Dont have to waste any valuable draft pick or trade for a free agent player. No harm done whatsoever. I’d say its a good deal.

June 22, 2009 5:54 am

Salary cap era encourages this behavior, much like the fuss over college kids who never got drafted; it’s the opportunity to pick up a potential (impact) player that will contribute in the future for nothing. Low risk investment is how I see it, I don’t think anyone thinks the Monster (or Bozak or Hanson) are going to step in and blow us all away.

Pension Plan Puppets
June 22, 2009 8:30 am

Is Dater serious? That’s pretty insular thinking. The reason it’s such a big deal is because the kid has quite a few comparables to Henrik Lundqvist who is a pretty good goalie.

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Leaf in Habland
June 22, 2009 9:10 am

Great post by Daoust on PPP re: drafting. One of the main points was that drafting a good goalie is next to impossible. So this guy is a big step closer to a sure thing. It’s worth it–none of the spending on wooing him goes against the cap, after all.

June 22, 2009 10:59 am

bkblades is right, it happens in college all the time.His agent set up the tour, and the Leafs would be negligent not to put their best face forward if they want the guy.

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