If not Gainey as GM then who?
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04-19-2009, 11:49 PM
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Two All-Star defensemen: Souray wasn't worth the cash, and still isn't now. The team skyrocketed in the standings after Souray left. Streit wanted a guarantee that he'd be a defenseman, and that didn't fit in the plans of the club. He was a casualty in Montreal; not identified as a core player. How he's done in a poor organization has no bearing here as he wouldn't have the same role to flourish in Montreal.
And, frankly, I seem to recall you being hard on Streit for the duration of his time here.
My problem with letting both go, was not getting something in return. And yes, I wasn't a huge Streit fan (great memory btw) but I did enjoy his PP production.
Hamrlik's been fine for Montreal. He's struggled the second half of the season, but generally been a solid contributor and more in tune with a puck possession, quicker transition team. Moreso than guys like Rivet and Souray, anyhow.
I'm shocked you say he's been fine. He is an incredible liability on the ice and ties up a huge part of the salary that left BG with no room to play with on the back end. He signed a player nobody would dare take in a trade and who's numbers are years behind him.
Gainey sticking by Carbonneau for the week prior to firing him has zero bearing on his abilities as a general manager.
It does reflect his character though, and thats something this team needs from the top through the bottom. BG went from praising a man to canning him in a matter of days. So either he's a liar, or has no idea what he's doing or what he wants.
Letting his franchise goaltender fall a part: how did he do this, and what would you have done instead?
I would have never let him have Price move forward without a veteran, it made no sense at all. Trade Huet, fine, bring back someone to help this kid along. Get some defense to help Price learn the game, some leadership on the blueline.
Having 11 impending FAs: so what? If the team's incapable of keeping all of those players in the summer, then criticize him. Until then, I see no point; we have no idea what discussions, if any, have taken place nor what the specific plan is. Perhaps the plan was to see where the current core was going. If it was capable of winning, then this would be the year. If it wasn't, then it would be time to identify a new core and pay the current players according to their anticipated roles in the club moving forward.
Wait and see how many are returning after this disaster of a year and after BG has built a club with no direction. If I'm wrong, I'll eat my words, but I don't see many wanting to sign here in the atmosphere the Bob has created.
In the end, Gainey's done some very good things, and done some very questionable things. I tend to believe he's an intelligent man who has a sound hockey mind, and I lean toward believing the reputation that he's a highly respected and respectful individual. I have no problems with him as GM of the club. I do not believe he's the best in the business, but I'd be hard pressed to list 10 GMs that are far and away better than him.
When he stood still at the deadline, I knew all I needed to know about the future of BG. I hope he's given the boot out of town, I could care less if Timmins joins him.
However, I'll save my Timmins hate for another day.
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