A long time ago, in the heydays of the great Analytics War, Dimitri Filipovich posed what is still perhaps the most simplistic and yet most illuminating blueprint for success as an NHL General Manager: Identify the dumb GMs and call them every day.
It’s the type of quote that is so confoundingly accurate, it leads you to scream “why didn’t I think of that first?!” into a mirror whilst questioning your own competence.
In the years following Filipovich’s initial words of wisdom, sifting out which GMs happen to abide by this code has become abundantly easy. Pretty much anyone who thought to pick up the phone and talk trades with the Peter-Chiarelli-led Edmonton Oilers sure got the memo. Ditto for any owners of a cellular device with Jim Benning’s name on speed dial. The NHL is a cutthroat business, after all, and picking off the weakest of the pack in order to stay alive is simply par for the course.
This strategy does not seem likely to go away any time soon. In fact, over the past week or so, numerous GMs have made strides to stake their claim for membership on the Dumb List.
Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation