It’s been just under a year since the last time I’ve written an article. At that time, I was fired as the GM of the lightning and replaced by some dude (I don’t really care who he was) who didn’t even make it to the start of the season. After being fired, I quickly landed a job as the assistant GM of the Dallas Stars where I got learn from a great GM in Sly Charron while watching and heck maybe even helping him a little to build a team that is dominating the NEFHL so far this season. The stars were in a situation where they had tons of talent, but the cap was going to be a problem and the team needed a starting goalie. It wasn’t easy to do but I got to see firsthand how sly masterfully maneuvered his way into the top goalie in the NEFHL along with plenty of cap space for this season.

During the offseason, I was really enjoying my time as an assistant and working with the stars, however I was contacted by a team about the potential to return in a GM role. After much deliberation, I decided that it was best for me to stay with the stars and turned down the job offer. Unfortunately, I cannot disclose the team that offered me the position out of concern that the current GM finding out that he was actually the 2nd choice.

As the offseason went along, I couldn’t help but observe what was going on with my former team. Some of my cup winning former players were being traded, top prospects and picks were being given away for aging or unproven players and absolutely awful contracts were being handed out in regards to longevity of contracts and more importantly with complete disregard to the 45 million dollar salary cap. From afar, it seemed like my former team, the team I won a Stanley Cup with not long ago, was being dismantled for shits and giggles with complete disregard for what was built over a many years of sweat and tears. It was hard, very hard to watch and it is why it’s taken me so long to talk about it.

You know, I’m getting a little emotional right now, let’s take a pause and I’ll keep this going tomorrow. Have a good night everyone.