What does Gainey do Now?
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02-02-2009, 03:06 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Sadly, my bet is that if a deal does go down, it will be of the Rivet or Huet variety... trading an important veteran for pics/prospects. yeah yeah yeah, 3 years later Max Pac and Gorges are great young assets to have, but the name of the game is playoff success, at some point accumulation of young "potential" at the expense of "current contribution" becomes pretty useless... maybe not two years ago, maybe not last year, but if not now, then when?
as frustrated as i'd be if Gainey sits on his hands and does nothing to address the all-to-obvious needs of the club (which i'd argue have been apparent for much longer than the past few weeks... more like past few seasons), I'll be much more upset if he fails to lock up komi at a reasonable salary on a long term deal.
as much as people like to celebrate Gainey's "achievements", fact is that high ranking n prospect depth and 2 second round playoff appearances really is nothing to write home about.
if he can't find a way to translate strong drafting into actual playoff success, then his tenure as GM will have FAIL written all over it.
losing Komj will be a step in the wrong direction even more painful to swallow then another early playoff exit.
on a side note, cue the posters lining up to make excuses for Gainey based on the injuries the team has suffered this year... funny how last season's great REGULAR SEASON was a clear sign of his brilliance, as if the teams freakishly lucky ability to avoid injuries all year had nothing to do with that...
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