Craig MacTavish's Work Thus Far: Here's Where We Disagree

Ben Nelms

The readers love the moves to acquire gritty players.

In an effort to explore some new methods of grading management (aside from using 29th place overall), we asked our writers and later our readers to rate each move Craig MacTavish has made to come up with a chronological track of his time in Edmonton. We asked:

"Rate each Craig MacTavish move on the quality of player for the intended role on a scale from -2 to +2 and the deal made to acquire the player on a scale from -2 to +2. Remember, the first question judges the quality of the player for his intended role only, and the second question judges the quality of the deal in your mind. Do your best to rate each deal at the time it occurred, without the benefit of hindsight."

Our writing staff saw MacTavish's stellar performance in the off-season fall apart with his in-season moves. The fans, on the other hand saw an okay free agency period, a brilliant trade and an evermore impressive set of in-season moves.

Where did these two sets of Edmonton fans disagree so greatly? The answer is in the table below.

Deal C&B Score Reader Score Diff
Luke Gazdic - 1 year, two-way contract -1.79 0.44 2.22
Devan Dubnyk for Matt Hendricks -1.86 0.22 2.08
Jesse Joensuu - 2 years, $950k per -1.86 -0.13 1.73
Ryan Jones - 1 year, $1.5 million per -1.29 0.13 1.41
Andrew Ference - 4 years, $3,25 million per -1.21 -0.17 1.04
Ladislav Smid for Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit -1.00 0.04 1.04
Ilya Bryzgalov - 1 year, $2.66 million -0.57 0.33 0.90
Steve MacIntyre - 1 year, two-way contract -1.93 -1.12 0.81
3rd round pick for Ben Scrivens 0.36 1.09 0.74
Richard Bachman - 1 year, two-way contract 0.29 0.54 0.25
Magnus Paajarvi and 2nd round pick for David Perron 1.64 1.81 0.17
Linus Omark for a 6th round draft pick -0.14 0.00 0.15
Will Acton - 2 years, two-way contract -0.71 -0.60 0.12
Boyd Gordon - 3 years, $3 million per 1.71 1.42 -0.29
Ryan Hamilton - 2 years, two-way contract 0.36 -0.14 -0.49
Mike Brown for a 4th round draft pick 0.93 0.38 -0.55
Anton Belov - 1 year, $1.525 million 1.36 0.59 -0.76
Denis Grebeshkov - 1 year, $1.5 million 0.21 -0.92 -1.13
Jason LaBarbera - 1 year, $1 million 1.21 -0.57 -1.78

It seems the readers really like the moves MacTavish made to acquire players perceived to have gritty games. They also cheated a little bit by using hindsight to hammer the acquisition of a backup goalie and 7th/8th defenseman.

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