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04-24-2009, 10:05 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Victoria BC
It's always easier to judge how good and bad decisions with 20/20 hindsight.
I've seen more than a few posts on here about how stupid Gainey was for his off-season moves. In reality though, most agreed Ryder wasn't worth keeping, and that Streit was not worth the money he was going to demand. There was much rejoicing in the signings of BGL, Tanguay and Lang. Most experts had us winning the east and cruising to the final. Everything was rosy.
To say now that we shouldn't have let Ryder and Streit go is easy, but the reality was Ryder wasn't going to succeed here. He was getting moved aside for younger players. Streit would have been good to have again, but the price tag was too much.
Fast Forward to this year. Many don't want the Kosty Bros, Pleks, or Komi Back. I'll say right now that if we let AKost go, he'll make the LeClair, Ryder, Ribiero moves look like genius plays. He's the real deal and I think the crap from the season really effected him. Be careful what we wish for, it could happen.
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