Concentrate on what he did with the growth of the Final Five into college hockey's second biggest event? 8 national championships? 10 Hobey Bakers? Or "The Guy Who Failed to Save College Hockey's Best Conference"?
I don't think anyone could have kept MN and WI on board. They're Big 14 in every other sport, and their membership in that conference pre-dates even their WCHA membership. Now, the other 6 who left...I have to think there was more he could have done. Those schools traded Kato, BSU, Tech, and UAA as conference opponents for Miami and Western Michigan. That's not a deal so delicious that nothing could have been done.
Oh well. Remember the good stuff, right?