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12-13-2011, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by smon View Post
You are mixing up two seperate occasions. It really doesn't matter if you cannot see it, what matters is if Gainey could see it. At the time Lecavalier was only a year removed from a 40 goal 92 pt season and a 52 goal 108pt year prior to that. So perhaps that excuses what he was thinking, who knows? It was a funny year to be a Habs fan.

Gorges and Plekanec were the first go-around when the rumours first broke in January 2009. At the end of season wrap up Gainey said he was furious at Tampa for leaking those names because he thought that it affected their play.

At the entry draft in June, Gainey agreed to a deal with Lawton but one of Tampa's two-partner ownership would not approve and Bettman stepped in. He got desperate because he did not want to bring back the same two centres and so then traded for Gomez several days later prior to UFA.

This is from the Hockey News story that Tampa was going to be sold to Jeffrey Vinik. "Sources say there was a deal in place last June to trade Lecavalier to the Montreal Canadiens for goalie Carey Price, center Tomas Plekanec and a prospect, but the deal was blocked by Bettman after Barrie refused to approve the deal. That caused a rift between Barrie and Koules that continued to fester and, combined with the financial problems both owners were having, put the Lightning in a state of flux."

There is another article by The Hockey News where they speculate that the prospect was Subban, but that was not definite. What was definite was Price and Plekanec+. Easily would have been one of the worst trades in Canadiens history, given the performance of all names since then.
I can see it with Halak, can't see Gainey trading Price given the faith he had in him.

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