New Moncton GM says Black Bears Have Potential
August 15th, 2018
John Robertson was officially introduced as the Black Bears new coach and GM in a press conference on Wednesday morning.
AFHL Commissioner Anthony Furino dismissed the previous GM after only 24 hours on the job.
“Trades are a big deal in this league,” said Furino. “Aside from participation and a high activity level, you have to make good trades if you want to remain in this league. I also saw an underachieving team in the Black Bears and thought I really needed to hire a stud GM.”
Moncton has yet to make the playoffs in the eight year history of the AFHL.
“Obviously, I try and support every GM in this league,” said Furino. “Firing Winston quickly was based more on a gut feeling that there was a better GM out there who could poke and prod and get a young core to meet their potential rather than totally cleaning house.”
Now Robertson is in charge and he’s committed to making smarter trades while having a high activity level and getting the Bears on the winning track.
“I’ve got a good track record and I know how to analyze players and get the most out of the ones that I have,” Robertson said at the press conference on Wednesday.
Robertson made a couple of shrewd trades after about a week on the job. Most notably was his trade of Juuse Saros, a young highly sought after goaltender, for four first round draft picks. That trade left a hole in the goaltending department but Robertson quickly addressed that hole by trading prospect Cody Glass in a package for Philipp Grubauer who is expected to be the next starting goaltender in Colorado. Grubauer joins Corey Crawford and Scott Darling to create a very formidable goaltending committee for Moncton.
“I like this team a lot actually,” said Robertson. “There is plenty of young talent and I hope to be competitive for a long time with my youth movement leading the way.”
Robertson is not planning any more major moves but he now has plenty of draft picks and more assets to trade as he sees fit to plug some holes moving forward to better the team.
“Because of my love for all levels of hockey, including juniors, I’ve had great success in working with young and talented guys and getting them to play,” Robertson said. “I think there’s potential with a lot of guys to be top players here and I’m excited to build a winning culture in Moncton.”