Originally Posted by max venable
My question is...WHAT TOOK SO LONG. McConnell must be VERY loyal. MacLean should have gone long ago. The franchise has gone NOWHERE under his leadership (or lack thereof). I always wondered how that dude was able to hold on to his job. In fact, the team was decent their first year and they've never been as good since...they kept getting worse and MacLean kept his job all the while. Long time coming.
I think it took so long because they needed stability while the franchise was in its infancy.
I'm no Doug fan, but you can not overlook the job he did for making hockey marketable in Columbus, overlooking the design of Nationwide Arena, and providing options for youth hockey (Ohio Junior Jackets). Doug is a good businessman and I'm surprised he didn't stay on as President.
While he had some personnel issues like taking on Federov's contract, letting Ray Whitney walk over a contract term standoff, and signing an aging Adam Foote you can't deny he stole Norrenna and Modin for Denis and resigned them both to LTC's. He was also good with waiver pick ups like Hainsey & Vyborny. His drafts left a little ot be desired.
Overall, he got the team off the ground but not much winning. It was time for a change.