Gillett gives green light to Gainey
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05-26-2004, 07:33 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
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.. BG made this trade as he stated to reward the fans with a player he thought could help now, and AK did just that... as for Balej, he is an excellent prospect who will probably play very well for the Rags, but the Habs do have some depth when it comes to prospects.
A couple more trades like this one and the cupboard will be bear. Look, everyone on this board knocked and still knocks Houle for giving away our assets. In reality the real culprit was Savard (Serge). In the last years of his managership his draft picks were terrible and his trades were even worse. But Houle gets the blame. There's always a delay in seeing the results with these things. Houle's results are right there with the team now: Ryder, Ward, Garon, Markov, Souray, Plekanic, Hainsey etc. But he traded away Roy and we'll never forgive him for that.
But look at this trade. We gave away a blue chip prospect and a second round draft pick for what? To rent Kovolev for a month and change. We may be #1 in the prospect rankings but how deep do you think we really are. Two or three more trades like this and we'll see the good old days of 5-6 years ago. Pierre McGuire complimented Andre Savard for building up the Habs' assets within two-three years. Gainey's trade took away from those assests. He wasted some of those assets.
And as for the Iginla - Newy trade. Maybe Iginla could have brought 2 or 3 more cups to Dallas.
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