There are many things that boggle the mind in regards to MacLean's time as GM in Columbus. My two favorites involve:
a. Fielding a competitive team in 2000-2001: the year that Spezza would be available in the upcoming draft (though Kovalchuk went first) - he made the same mistake in 2003-2004 when Ovechkin and Malkin were up for grabs.
b. Signing Marchant then dumping him (via waivers of all things) to get Federov.
However this post isn't about the many failed maneuvers of Doug MacLean. It is about the one mistake he made over which he had no control:
His team wasn't placed in the South East Division.
That kind of ineptitude may have covered his own.
I wonder how many nights he lay awake thinking about how easy those teams had it while he was dealing with the likes of Detroit, Colorado, etc.
Have a great evening everyone.