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09-28-2003, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by HABitual
If Gainey likes to have an underachieving veteran player on the team then let him. Brisebois will NOT get any better than he is. He will be consistently mediocre at best and the only person Gainey can blame for keeping a mediocre player is himself. Good luck, Gainey. You're really going to need it!
I think that it is safe to say that Gainey wishes he didn't have the Brisebois contract situation as it makes it impossible to deal with it as a pure hockey situation. The name of the game in pro sports today is 'asset management'. Gainey is doing 2 things, he is protecting his asset, an asset that he doesn't want to be further devalued by controversy. #2, he is reacting as a human, you don't treat people that way and he voiced his opinion. Of course I'm not thrilled with Brisebois' play last year. when AS overpaid for him though, you can rest assured that he would have had lucrative offers elsewhere. Probably not as lucrative, but good offers nonetheless.

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