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09-21-2003, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Chehabi
Habs are up there. If you compare payroll to roster, they may be the worst in the league (less so now that Czerkawski, McKay and GM Savard are gone but still could be).
Contract management has been the real weak point during the Savard era. Very good drafting, didn't panic and deal away the youth for a quick fix (something they tried through free agency instead) but really, Savard had no clue about the financial aspect of the GM position.

Now Gainsey's in place, so this is history, which he already proved with all the excellent signings during the summer (Kilger, Bulis, Koivu, Markov) all at very reasonable prices + bought out Czerkawski and McKay which is an other excellent move.

Only remaining financial aberrations in the lineup: Brisebois, Audette, Juneau and Perreault. The last two are in the last year of their contract.

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