The Athletic did a poll of player agents, and the results were pretty interesting:https://theathletic.com/1581445/2020/02/04/the-nhl-agent-poll-agents-have-their-say-on-gms-gary-bettman-teams-on-no-trade-lists-and-more/
What Grade Would You Give Gary Bettman?
This ended up being a surprising exercise. The assumption was that every agent, given this opportunity, would tee off on the commissioner. Instead, he had plenty of strong grades and even respect.
I think this is pretty accurate:
If you’re asking me as the owner of the Boston Bruins, it’s an A. As a player agent, an F.
Which GM Do You Find Most Reasonable To Deal With?
The wording here is important. The attempt wasn’t to find out which general managers an agent can rip off. Chances are, they weren’t going to answer that question. This was an attempt to find out which GMs were most willing to engage in conversation. To listen to the other side. To be, you know, reasonable.
“Jim Nill (Stars) … It’s not like he bends over backward and gives you (what you) want. He’s a pleasant, reasonable guy to deal with.”
“Jim Nill. But I love Julien BriseBois (Lighting), which really surprised me. Billy Guerin (Wild), so far has been awesome. But Jim Nill is a really good dude.”
"That’s a stupid question."
Winamp - it really whips the llama's ass.