Ep.171: GM Rankings, Front Offices, and Parity

Chris Watkins joins the show to discuss the changing landscape of NHL front offices, his and Carolyn Wilke’s rankings of all 31 GMs, and the pros and cons of the NHL playoff system compared to that of the NBA.

The topics covered include:

0:30 GM Rankings Methodology
7:10 Group Think Front Offices
13:26 Cautionary tale of the Lame Duck GM
19:30 Jim Benning and Being stuck in mediocrity
26:25 Ken Holland’s flawed player evaluations
29:25 Chiarelli, Sweeney, and the Bruins Model
34:00 Garth Snow’s wide range of outcomes
36:15 Shero, Rutherford, and divvying up credit
40:25 Doug Wilson’s longevity
43:30 Marc Bergevin’s window to win
51:05 David Poile and The Endowment Effect
55:45 NHL Playoffs vs. NBA Playoffs

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