CBC's Friedman on Gainey's future
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04-16-2009, 01:31 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Toronto, Canada
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People here need to criticize more intelligently.
My position can be summarized by the following points.
1.) The furthest the Habs have made since 1993 was indeed in 2002 where they brought Carolina to a game 6 in round 2.
2.) Since 2003, Anaheim/Boston/Flyers/Vancouver all started in peak positions - spiralled towards the bottom - then brought themselves to levels that are better than Montreal has been since 1993. My point is clear - Boston was #1 in 2004, then went down to 14th in the east - then went to #1 in 2009. Anaheim had two cup runs in 2003 and victorious in 2007. FLyers were the worst team in east in 2007, and managed to go to 3rd round in 2008.
So hear me out. Flyers and Bruins ARE THE WORST TEAMS in the east, and during the time that the Habs are "re-building", the Flyers and Bruins manage to turn it around faster than the Habs have tried since Gainey's 5.5 year plan? Bull****e
3.) All of the Habs young players that were expected to take the torch and form the nucleus of this team going forward (Plekanec/Higgins/Kostx/Komisarek) are all stagnating, if not regressing. In other cities (i.e. Chicago/Boston/Washington/Philly) - young players are taking the bull by the horn and forming the nucleus of their teams not only through leadership - but also offensive contribution.
4. ) Since Gainey took the helm, the Canadiens always lacked as follows;
1- elite/consistent and reliable offense
2- size at the center position
3- team toughness
WHICH OF THE ABOVE CAN YOU SAY HAS BEEN SATISFIED?
So before you attack me, carefully consider if the Habs truly are where they should be within the time frame allotted, considering that other teams have turned it around in much quicker time than the Habs.
The Habs have been one of the NHL's most mediocre franchises since 1993, and whether its Savard/Houle/Savard/Gainey - the excuse making time is over.
There isnt much hope for the future, especially our UFA's, our good (but not great) prospect pool..
Gainey has been mediocre, and defending his record is an exercise in futility.
I like Gainey and hope that he stays cause i believe that he's had enough and that he's going to right the boat from this point on, but i'd have to agree with your statement.
it doesn't take 5 year plans anymore to make a franchise into a winner. Junior players are coming into camps in much better shape and develop much faster. It takes a GM with balls to clean house and build the team up with a group of players that fits the overall vision of what the GM thinks is a winner.
I feel that Gainey hasn't really had that chance. I know he's been at the helm for a while now and drafting whomever, but i believe his drafting has been about picking the best player ( which makes a lot of sense obviously ), rather than picking the best player to fit the greatest needs for the team. Price, Chipchura, latendresse, D'agostini and Pacs come to mind when i say role players.
I think Gainey will hit a home run this year and take a chance on Vinny, and a few others while cleaning the house up a bit with contracts ending and not being resigned.
the future looks promising.
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