Grade Bob Gainey's 5 Year Plan
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10-04-2008, 11:17 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
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Well, it's a rate Gainey's offseason thread and that trade was horrible. No one can make a sensible argument otherwise.
Not Gainey's fault either? He's not held accountable for a terrible UFA signing? A lot of people knew Samsonov was a terrible fit.
Every GM tries.
The rest I agree with you though, but getting all worked up because someone dared criticize a few of Gainey's very bad moves doesn't make much sense IMO. He's been great in most of his deals, but I think anyone can agree that 2006 was not a good year at all for him.
Trading Ribiero was a good trade. He had to go. He was a cancer in the locker room. Were he still here, he'd be a 40-50 point guy while we would still be wondering if we make the playoffs this year because our team sucks.
If you don't like the return, that's too bad, but that was the best available at the time. It's like that woman in the US who bought that house for $1.75. The house is worth more, but no one will offer more.
How many fans in 2006 were pissing and moaning and crying for Gainey to sign anybody. It didn't matter who, they wanted a name after Gainey's first, second and third choice went elsewhere. He shut the whiney fans up for a bit. Then he traded him a year later for 2 lessor contracts to buy out. Again good asset management after the initial signing didn't work out.
I don't think Gainey is beyond reproach, for instance, Gainey is to blame for letting Hainsey and Beauchemin go for nothing. 2 mistakes that cost us valuable assets. How good would our D look with Beauchemin as #4. O'Byrne in the #6 slot and Bouillon #7. I'm discounting Hainsey because he would still be gone as a UFA at this point. We just would have had him until this year.
I just think that the criticism that Gainey is receiving here isn't waranted or is misdirected.
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