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10-14-2010, 08:30 AM
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Simply not true. Gagne had to go because he chafed at the Pronger-Timonen-Briere regime that took over the team, then pushed Richards up front to be their spokesperson.
Gagne was pushed out of the leadership group and had to go.
Gagne admitted he was asked to waive for the first time around June 18, the same day they got Hamhuis' rights.
Ten days after losing the Cup, they'd already decided that upgrading the D and moving Gagne was their plan, which means they'd been thinking about it for quite a while.
Getting Meszaros when Hamhuis didn't pan out had nothing to do with being 'forced' to move Gagne - that decision was taken a couple weeks earlier.
Do you really believe this? There's not a chance Gagne was "pushed out of the leadership group". He wore an A for a reason and was huge for this team last year. Briere, Richards, and Kimmo have been leaders on this team for a few years now. This isn't just some revelation that happened this year. Pronger was added to that mix this past season.
How can you not see the correlation between Hamhuis' rights and Gagne being asked to waive? They made the decision they were going to relocate some salary to the blueline to improve the 3rd pairing. In order to do that they acquired Hamhuis' rights and decided Gagne would be the forward that was moved. He was probably the easiest to move as he is 1) a great player 2) worth his salary and 3) on an expiring contract. He was merely the logical piece to move. Ultimately, Hamhuis didn't work out, and Mesz was brought in...but the point is the same.
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