Happy Monday kids! Hope your enjoying a good cup of coffee and making some spring break plans. Yep, spring is right around the corner, just so happens that corner is snow covered right now.
So hey, I was back on the road doing a little more scouting training this weekend, and bang, don’t ya know it, I get to listen in on some of the “experts” while I am there. Yep, some of the same experts who want everyone to think they are someone because they were some obscure Tier III team jacket and have a laptop.
Oh hell yeah, some of you are laughing right now because you know who I am talking about. You know the guy who likes to talk loud on the phone and name drop. Or the guy who likes to make sure he talks loud enough about players so that parents know he is a scout. These guys are freaking hilarious.
It gets even better though when they are so stupid talking about their owners, or coaches. Yeah, some of these guys were openly talking about how “the increased import player limit will open all kinds of opportunity to recruit for next year” at the Tier III level.
Ummmmmm hey guys in case you missed the memo the top import players don’t come and play Tier III hockey anywhere. The addition of 1, yes 1 more import player per Tier III team will do nothing but impact the import player numbers going to AAU hockey teams. Get a clue about why its being done.
But I was also able to hear some of these Owners and Coaches over the weekend. One guy actually told me after I told him who I was that his team would sign anyone and just fill the roster so the budget is covered! Yeah, that’s right, just give them the check and your on the team.
This is where some Owners and Coaches are short sighted. Some of them don’t give a damn about the team or the players as long as the budget is covered.
Oh, yeah, and some leagues are just as guilty because they are so short signted they only give a damn about expansion franchise fee’s. Makes for quite the messed up mixture doesn’t it kids!
Thank god there are still some groups of people with long term vision who sure don’t mind making money, but really try to provide a value for kids at Tier III.
So the next time you get recruited by a Tier III team, why not ask them if you can pay them after you see who else is on the team? Maybe then someone would pull their head out of their ass and get a clue. If you’re not prepared or not capable of sacrificing some money for the sake of doing things right, you shouldn’t be in the business.
David Wagner – The Angel Of Death – For Those Who Live Stupidly I salute You
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