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05-01-2011, 11:26 AM
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Summer 2009 would have been a success if Gomez delivered the same value that Gionta or Cammy bring.
The issue of that summer boils down to the Gomez trade, and really nothing else...
i'd say that the Spacek signing was a terrible move in its own right, the difference being that we didn't directly lose any assets, and through his first two years he's only been overpaid by 1-2M$/year, as opposed to the 4-5M$ Gomez wastes of our cap.
IF Gomez had come in and delivered a 70+point contribution, then of course it would have made the other bad decisions (Spacek/Mara) much more insignificant.
but IF doesn't apply. Fact is that the Gomez move has turned out horribly, and it was the biggest move/decision of that offseason, so I think it's more than fair to say that the collective decisions of '09 were a mistake.
until the current Habs brass is fully willing to own that, and to willing to do what it takes to fix that mistakes, we'll be continued to be weighed down by it.
no one would expect PG to throw Gainey under the bus (especially since he likely had a large role himself to play in the Gomez move, having been director of pro scouting at the time), but a little bit of mea culpa and/or implicit acknowledgment of the gaffe, and aggressive committment to addressing it, would be the right thing to do imo.
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