Kelly McCrimmon Vegas Asst GM
These are the kind of hires Blues management never makes. All they seem to do is look for a name people will recognize and hire that guy, regardless of the lack of experience. How about looking beyond "name recognition", seeing whose been doing what at other levels, and hire people with experience in areas the team is lacking? You know, like when they hired Muller who immediately improved the Blues power play.
Ott - name recognition only. What's the value to the staff in that hire? The claim that it doesn't hurt. It does hurt when other candidates are available who could provide more insight based on experience coaching than Ott. Not saying bring in another NHL name, but actually look around and hire someone whose been working at the AHL or NCAA level and bring in new blood - not a former Blues player for his ability to communicate with the players only, because he was recently a member of the team. It almost seems like Ott will be a team captain for Yeo.
Sydor - part of the failure staff from Minnesota which Yeo led. Why are the Blues bringing in yet another Yeo re-tread?
Brodeur - zero experience as a GM. Only working at NHL level, instead of working at multiple levels to learn like other Assistant GMs in the league. Name recognition again, with very slow growth potential in current position. Of course, the Blues would have to spend money and actually manage an AHL team for this to change. Yes, having Brodeur was awesome when they had to fire the goalie coach. But if anyone thinks Brodeur should be the next Blues GM any time soon, think again. It takes time to learn that job and one has to put in the work, but Brodeur's work experience will be limited by the Blues as an organization.
The more I look at management of the Blues, the more convinced I am this team will be mired in mediocrity until senior management changes along with a change in owernship attitude about development costs.