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06-12-2010, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Teufelsdreck View Post
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.
FAIL. Bob Gainey went behind the bench to evaluate the leadership in the locker room and didn't like what he saw. During those playoffs is when he decided that a drastic change of dynamic was needed. No person in their right mind would put a crappy team into the playoffs purposely and not get anything for pending UFAs because of it.

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