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01-13-2012, 01:56 PM
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I think it overstates the team's decline. Yes, it's long gone from the glory years, but reading the article, you'd think we were the New York Islanders, Florida Panthers or Toronto Maple Leafs. The franchise looked to be rebounding under Gainey, but then he made the disastrous Gomez trade and overpaid Camallerri and Gionta. Gauthier has done alright from a player personnel standpoint but his handling of coaches has been terrible.

I'm not saying things are fine. The organization needs to go into every season looking like a Stanley Cup contender instead of only a playoff contender and there is little structure that indicates it his heading in that direction.

My bet is Gauthier gets fired after the season and new GM and coach are brought in. Hopefully they bring in someone who is highly respected and, most importantly, highly competent.

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