I guess this is as good an excuse as any to talk about hockey in a dry season.
According to the famous Chronicle-readers at the Hockey News, the Thrashers have a general manager who calls himself "Don" "Waddell," and apparently some people simply do not care for him.
A member of the Hockey News gentleman's club (108 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ER) makes the case that this Sicilian patriarch is not, as many had previously thought, the worst GM in human history after all. That honor, he says, belongs to LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi. I suppose that in some small way I'm pleased that this Ryan Kennedy human is being somewhat generous to the Thrashers, but truth is a wicked wart-faced harpy: Lombardi is actually a good GM, hence the almost-a-contender team he's built over the last few years. Waddell, while certainly not as catastrophic as some people have made him out to be (remember Rich Peverley), isn't Benjamin Disraeli either.
And the article fails to mention the advent of Rick Dudley--marked by minor miracles like the Antropov signing, the drafting of Klingberg and Morin behind Kane, etc.--which is surely a reason to JESUS CHRIST WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?
So what do you folks say? Absolute worst GM in the league or merely bad or just misunderstood?