Can't remember one really, but this could have happened with Gaborik had he not gotten injured. We could call any deal that turns out poorly mismanagement. Everything has risk and rewards. Like trading JJ and putting faith in Voynov, that paid off. But if Voynov falls on his face, it looks bad. Or if the Kings don't win with Richards and Philly goes on to win cups with Schenn/Simmonds, it looks terrible. Doesn't mean they were bad deals, they just didn't pay off. Because they did pay off, DL looks like a genius. Thus is the life of a GM. I don't think Blake was dumb enough to think that the roster was good enough to contend, that was nothing more than the typical stuff we hear when the ship is sinking. When they signed Kovalchuk, it was hoped he would jump start the Kings offense obviously. If it didn't work out, at worst they just trade him for an asset. Well, Kovy took a total **** and we are left with what we have. They knew it was a possibility, but that the odds were high enough that he could be moved if need be that it was worth the risk.