Grade Bob Gainey's 5 Year Plan
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09-05-2008, 11:02 PM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Kingston or Hamilton
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it is well known that sergei was a savard pick. he pushed hard to get him... he even wanted to draft him in the 2nd round but gainey refused.
it tells everything if he pushed hard to get him and they only accepted to draft him in the last round. without savard, there are good chances we wouldn't have drafted sergei.
as for the timmins picks, like i said, you can put it in the gainey's category even if gainey wasn't directly responsable of their selections. Timmins started to work for the habs in 2004. He only worked with gainey as gm (at least, that's what i think).
savard also had a strong influence on the latendresse pick. he's the guy who convinced gainey to trade for the rangers pick to draft lats.
Sergei and Lats were both 2005 picks.... so which one was Savard pushing for in the second round again???
Way to distort the facts to make your boy look better, and take credit away from Gainey.
It was Timmins who said that 2nd round was too early for Sergei and that they should take him but later. He knew noone else was looking at him and he could steal him later. It was also him who recommended Lats with the second rounder instead.
Gainey is the GM he made the final call on every decision... every draft pick... He is the reason Timmins and Savard had (or kept) their jobs. He is ultimately responsible for every hockey decision.
We don't absolve him for the bad pro scouting that led to the Samsonov, Ninimmaa, Dandenault, Smolinski, etc moves. The pro scouts who recommended these guys do not take the blame; Gainey does. In the same way Gainey gets credit when his Amateur scouts who recommended Sergei, Lats, etc.. make good moves. He doesn't lose the credit cause one of his employees recomended the move.
Remember the Price pick... Timmins asked Gainey do you want a Franchise Goalie (Price) or a Franchise Defenceman (Mark Staal is the speculation).. and Gainey said take the Goalie.
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