On the morning of Trade Deadline Day, XM204 played a clip of Buffalo Sabres'
GM Darcy Regier
discussing how the media places a lot of pressure on GMs to get something done at/by the deadline. He's right about that--to a point. In most cases, that pressure comes as a result of what a GM has--or hasn't
--done to deserve it.
Some GMs were definitely expected to make significant moves: Regier, Cliff Fletcher
of the Toronto Maple Leafs
, Scott Howson
of the Columbus Blue Jackets
, Don Waddell
of the Atlanta Thrashers
, and Jay Feaster
of the Tampa Bay Lighting
; to name a few.
For some, however, the media seemed interested in what they might
do, rather than clamoring for big moves: Bob Gainey
of the Montreal Canadiens
, Les Jackson
and Brett Hull
of the Dallas Stars
, Lou Lamoriello
of the New Jersey Devils
, and Ray Shero
of the Pittsburgh Penguins
, for example.
Still others had little or no media outcry one way or the other: Brian Burke
of the Anaheim Ducks
and Paul Holmgren
of the Philadelphia Flyers
, to name two.
The level of attention to each group can be tied to the situation each set of teams is in, and the recent history of each manager:
-Both Burke and Holmgren had recently made significant upgrades to their rosters; Holmgren over the summer, Burke by virtue of the returns of prodigal veterans.
-Gainey, Jackson/Hull, Lamoriello, and Shero all pilot solid teams who could attempt to upgrade if the opportunity arose, but didn't need
to make a huge splash if it didn't.
-Fletcher's situation has been explored and rehashed ad nauseum
-Waddell and Feaster each had valuable commodities that their respective teams essentially couldn't keep if they planned to move forward.
-Howson's squad seemed poised on the brink of a first-ever playoff berth.
-Regier toiled under the spectre of last summer's PR nightmare of allowing two key (and popular) players to leave without compensation, while having yet another potentially poised to do so.
So, yes, Darcy Regier was correct in his assessment of the media pressure on certain GMs around the Trade Deadline. However, that pressure isn't created.