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06-12-2010, 03:36 PM
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The optimal time to have unloaded upcoming UFAs was before the 2009 trade deadline, when the Habs had 10 of them, none of whom were re-signed. I think Gainey knew he wasn't going to re-sign them, but he held on to them and put an obviously crappy team into the playoffs that was swept by the Bruins in the first round. The Habs would have had lots of draft choices if they had traded as many of them as they could. I'm not saying there would have been first rounders, but the depth would have been there.
20/20 hindsight, or projecting your own desires onto Gainey.
The real Bob Gainey had JUST acquired Matt Schneider for 2+ draft picks and picked up Glen Metropolit on waivers, so obviously his plan was to try and go far and he did not yet believe the team was cooked. I think we were 5th or 6th at the time of the deadline.
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