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01-20-2012, 06:21 PM
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Fish on The Sand
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None of this would have happened if Gainey was still running the day to day operations. He commanded a certain level of respect and dealt with things. If he hired Cunneyworth and the media got upset he would have straight up told the media to suck it and they would have piped down. Gauthier seems afraid of the media. Spacek also would not have unceremoniously left Montreal the way Gauthier traded him and then rushed him out of the building as fast as possible. I remember at the deadline either last year or the year before where Burke made a bunch of trades and made sure he spoke to every departing player to let him know his time with the team was appreciated and that he wished him all the best. His exact quote was something along the lines of not send somebody onto a plane without offering the respect for his time of service.

Just look at Gauthier. Trades Spacek mid-practice and doesn't let him say goodbye to his teammates, doesn't even offer Wisniewski a contract or even thank him for helping the team. Just gave him the silent treatment all off-season. Didn't do anything special for Koivu's return to Montreal. Trades Cammelleri between periods and doesn't even tell him where. Fires Pearn and Martin right before a game in separate instances. Doesn't defend his choice for the interim replacement and then apologizes for him weeks later.

Gauthier has handled this team so poorly. Even disregarding the quality of the moves, the way he handles them has been totally unprofessional and it is obvious he has no respect for the players. No wonder Spacek was glad to be out.

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