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09-06-2008, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Beakermania View Post
Gainey also gets credit for making the decisions to resign Koivu when he became FA... for giving Andrei Markov his 5.75 million deal, for not trading Chris Higgins... quite Frankly every player currently habs property was a gainey decision at somepoint along the line. He gets credit for the entire roster. None of it belongs to Serge Savard, Reggie Houle, Andre Savard or anyone else anymore. There is not one contract left that is part of the previous regime.

Certain guys can be blamed after they are gone.... Ie Vesa Toskala is still a John Ferguson Junior guy at this point... but there will become a point where he is a Cliff Fletcher, or a new leafs GM's guy. Where that point is is hard to pin down... but with Gainey having control over the roster for 5 years (4 seasons, 5 years of contract acrued time) it is all Gainey as far as the habs are concerned.
Well put. I think at this point, salary/contract management is a fair way for GM to lay claim to a certain player, especially as the market for (R/U)FAs becomes more volatile.

Especially when you consider the radical changes that may have taken place in a player's career path if they didn't get that spot on the fourth line, or those valuable power play minutes, or the chance to experience the post season. While I realize that a lot of that has to do with Carbonneau, it's partly Gainey's decision as well.

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