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03-25-2009, 03:40 PM
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Yep, stolen is not an accurate word in this case.
What I wonder about is how Habs fans feel about how Streit's "value to the team" was severely underestimated by Gainey?
There's no doubt that the Streit we see on the Islanders right now could have been a HUGE success factor for a Habs team having a difficult, difficult season.
No matter what folks say about the financial situation, Streit is having an overall better season than say, Tanguay. He would likely have been more important for that Montreal PP too.
No if, ands or buts, the guy was a loss to Montreal.
Currently +5 and 15-37-52 for a team sporting the league's worst record. He's a goodin'!
Gainey is always rambling on about "assessments" of players. In Streit's case, he was way off base. He found out pretty quick how vital a big shot was to the pp, and like i said he could have extended him during the season last year for $2.5M/year and passed. So yeah he was severely underestimated.
A lot of habs fans like to rectify Gainey's decision by saying Streit wanted to play D and he wasn't good enough for the habs in that department. Well, fact is he was better on D for us then Brisebois, Bouillon and O'Byrne. I would have rated him as our 5th best in his own end(behind Markov, Hamrlik, Komo and Gorges). So $2.5M/year for an elite pp specialist and bottom pairing D is a steal just based on his pp abilities alone. And if he was retained we wouldn't have had to trade for Schneider(who is worse then Streit in the defensive end).
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