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01-20-2012, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Kjell Dahlin View Post
Our D squad sucks big time and he is the one to blame. As I mentioned, Markov's signing could very well be his downfall.

Let's be real here... do you like the following moves?

The acquisition of Bournival, shipping out an overpriced, high octane pouting smurf for a 2nd round pick + Bourque + a prospect, offering a contract to White but not to Pyatt, sticking with Price instead of Halak, the acquisition of Eller and Schultz, convincing Emelin to cross the ocean, promising drafts (Beaulieu, Pribyl, Tinordi, Gallagher...), Cole's signature...

I am not a huge fan of Gauthier but the witch hunt has to stop: he ain't that bad!
Of course, you've conveniently left out all the draft picks shipped out on rentals of players (some of whom could/should have been kept on the team - earned their spots for sure, but that's another tangent) "gearing up for playoffs", youth thrown away as throw ins/peanuts, etc. Now, "all of a sudden", Gauthier finds himself having to rebuild as the result of all his moves, and finds himself with few players and draft picks available to help him do it.

Arguing the intricacies of each move individually isn't really helpful when deciding whether or not to keep a GM. In broader terms, he was part of a process that involved gutting the youth, leadership, and draft picks of this team, and mid way through the process found himself having to blow it up with the team in a tailspin. Problem is, he left himself few avenues for escape through the patchwork process, and that shows a lack of vision/perspective and lack of ability to analyze talent beyond "popular opinion" imo.

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