Is Gainey the problem?
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02-10-2009, 01:35 PM
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Same players who looked really bad in the playoffs too. Who won games by the PP alone during the season (with Streit at the point). While no one was injured. While the expectations were really low at the start of the season. With Huet in nets. With Kovalev pulling the team with a career year. Everything went absolutely perfect last year. but it gave us (and Gainey) a wrong idea about the value of the team.
Every team can have a good record during the season if everything goes well for them, but the regular season means nothing. When the games get more intense, the other team's defense get thighter, Habs are inneffective, even against bottom teams.
Bottom line is that we're not a contender this year. So let's think about the future instead of trading our youth for UFAs.
I don't agree at all. We had our better sequences when we had the most injuries. We did play very good against tight defensive teams and tough teams. The problem is not the level of talent of the players and nor is it the coach or the GM. I don't think they played over their heads last year. They still blew the Ruins 5-0 in the seventh game last year and the Flyers got a lot of lucky bounces, less you forget they won three games by only one goal (not counting empty nets).
You also quickly forget that before the All-stars they had a sequence where they were 14-2-1, and did beat some good teams in that span. Saying they are not contenders is shortsided.
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