Thread: Beauchemin
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04-28-2009, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by sakukoivu2003 View Post
I heard that it was a management mistake from Gainey. Gainey didn't want to see him go...
It was a mistake -- but the mistake was that Gainey relied on the goodwill of his fellow GMs during the stoppage.

Gainey didn't want to see him gone, but Beauchemin was a depth guy with some upside at the time, so he took a calculated risk and it didn't pay off.

Of course, you don't often hear that version from the media, since several of them are actively trying to discredit Gainey. Nor do you often hear the fact that Beauchemin was seen as a depth defenseman at the time (Gainey wanted to send him to the AHL to give him experience!) or that it took for Beauchemin to be traded AGAIN, to Anaheim, to play with Niedermeyer before he became a defenseman of any consequence.

So Gainey's really guilty of losing a #6 type D-man on waivers during the lockout while trying to give him AHL experience.

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