Graphic Comments: Old Whine, New Bottle

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December 05 2016 06:25PM


You know what, I just can't even. I was all set to take down yet another boo-hoo-everybody-hates-Vancouver diatribe apart but why bother.

Patrick O'Sullivan is just another loud mouth from Toronto trying to replicate Don Cherry's shtick and turn it into a career in media.

Except where Cherry has build his persona from deeply held, and very wrong, convictions of how the game is meant to be played, guys like O'Sullivan and Milbury and Denis Potvin are just playing it up for the crowd.

They come off as just sour, bitter versions of Grapes. The same old whine, but in a new bottle.

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Sometimes the plan matches the results

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November 18 2016 05:14PM


I see Jim Benning was on the radio this morning passive-aggressively asking for fans to be patient:

"I'm not going to make no apologies as to where we're at. Our fans, I think, understand what we're trying to do. We're trying to be competitive and develop young players."

But here's the thing with the current team running the Vancouver Canucks: they don't actually have a plan. Yes, they have an end goal in mind. Well, two, actually. But they don't have a plan on how to get there. At least not in the sense of what a well-run business would call a plan.

There's no strategy. There's no logic. There's no milestones. No metrics, checkpoints or structure. 

In short, there is no process. And in the absence of process, there's certainly no attention paid to measuring progress.

How do I know this? Well, let me tell you.

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Where Are The Critics Of Jim Benning's Off-Season Moves Now?

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October 21 2016 05:27PM


VANCOUVER - The online statistical geniuses, who make their hockey assessments via charts and graphs, all but murdered Jim Benning when he traded for Eric Gudbranson.

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Graphic Comments: Gotta Hear Both Sides

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October 14 2016 05:39PM


“The challenge I have is there was this notion that this would be flipped around quickly. I don’t think people had a realistic expectation of where this organization was."
-- Trevor Linden, October 13, 2016

"We’ve never once said this was going to be easy or fast."
-- Jim Benning, April 8, 2016

Roll the tape...

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Graphic Comments: How To Get Away With Plunder

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October 12 2016 03:44PM


So I was reading Thomas Drance's piece on the Canucks over at Sportsnet the other day and I couldn't help but play the video of Benning talking about the Gudbranson trade.

What really struck me was how he describe the trade coming together: 

" came together fast...they called us...they asked us about Jared...they brought up Eric's name..."

Now, if you've ever been involved in any kind of business negotiations, you might recognize this as somebody that took a very passive approach to making this deal. Florida clearly had the entire negotiation process mapped out. They decided how they wanted it to go, and pulled every trick in the negotiating book to make sure it did.

But listening to Benning talk, it suddenly became clear that the Panthers pulled off the perfect crime. Benning was had, and he didn't even know it.

So let's take a look at how you get away with plunder...

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