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07-11-2010, 11:56 AM
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This is just a reporters opinion, and McGuire is an expert?

Last time I checked he was an analysis for TSN and NBC, and got shot down for the Wild job and wasn't even considered for any others.

The guy isn't an GM, and many teams can say they were interested and didn't get a call, but were they willing to give up one if not their top prospect and another prospect with potential for Halak?

Probably not.

Montreal worked fast on this as Mason could have easily been re-signed or the Blues could have went after another UFA without losing players.

The journalist and McGuire both say Eller has to be a top 6 if not the deal is a dud. What happens if Halak goes to St. Louis and fails?

Has that scenario ever been thought of?

He now is a #1, no legit back up there to steal the job, is now getting paid to get those wins and is playing behind a far weaker team than that of the Habs. Plus the West is a more offensively talented conference with more speed and more of an open game than that of the tighter checking East.

Too many in Montreal are all putting the "Deal Breaker - Hype to Live Up To" on Eller and Gauthier and nothing on Halak and the Blues.

And a final note, Gainey is an advisor. Gauthier is the GM, if he didn't want Price he would have dealt Price or kept both. It is like the journalist is forgetting that Gauthier was a GM in Ottawa and Anaheim, he isn't a guy learning the ropes or a guy wanting to salvage a friendship...the NHL is a business and Gainey would be the first to tell you that as he wasn't afraid to fire good buddy Carbo.

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