I still can't get over how Ilya Kovalchuk ruined Brian Rolston's career. I mean Brian was living up to every $ in his contract for a year and a half before Ilya was traded to this team. He's gone downhill ever since.
Now don't get me started on how Ilya has ruined Matt Corrente's development...
I'm not sure if Lesnar will work out. He is hated universally it seems by UFC fans, and if no one thinks he is going to lose, I'm not sure how much interest there will to watch him squash opponents, especially one that everyone hates.
UFC is different than WWE and I think a lot of the fans are too.
Maybe Triumph can tackle this on his blog, but was Tallon that instrumental in the rebuilding of the Blackhawks? I see a GM that drafted two obvious stars in Kane and Toews. I don't think anyone else would not take Kane #1 overall and Toews 3rd overall.
But Tallon made a ton of blunders in his time as GM. In his first draft, he swung and and missed by taking Jack Skille with the 7th pick. He followed the draft up by signing a few players to ridiculous contracts. He gave Khabibulin a 4-year $27 million contract, which at the time of a $39 million cap was dumb. It is still a very crazy contract nowadays, but even more so at the time. Tallon then added Lapointe and Aucoin to 4 and 3-year deals respectively to round off an unimpressive first off-season. Lapointe's deal was worth $7.2 million.
He gave Christobal Huet an absolute awful deal (4 years at $5.635 a season) Gave Brian Campbell a cap crippling contract worth $56.8 million over 8 years. Although he made a very nice trade to get Patrick Sharp, he undoubtedly overpaid to keep him with a 4-year contract worth just a few hairs under $16 million.
Now Tallon did do some great work getting Havlat for practically nothing. And made possibly an even better move getting Kris Versteeg for nothing. But for every good move he made, he seemed to balance it out with a sh!tty contract.
Keep in mind that the draft picks of Barker, Bolland, Seabrook, Byfuglien, and Duncan Keith were all made before he was named GM. Although he was part of the organization at the time, who knows how much he had to do with any of those draft picks. Probably not much with scouting wizard Marshall Johnston on the staff.
The "clerical error" with the RFAs had to be the final straw for a GM that has left the Blackhawks in a very messy situation next year. Stan Bowman has a lot of work cut out for him.