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04-07-2012, 06:43 AM
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we lost Rivet Balej for Gorges, Kovalev, and Paccioretty
Correction, because it's important that the record is set straight here, we lost :
Rivet + A choice of Plekanec/Balej
Gorges, a couple of months of Kovalev (who was later signed as an UFA) and a 1st (Timmins, who was not hired by Gainey, did his magic and turned a late first into Patch)
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The real good trade was Rivet for Gorges+1st here, but the SJS were ready to overpay for a quality vet at the trade deadline. It's not the same thing as a regular normal trade where a player has years left as a RFA or years left on his contract. That said, there are good trade deadline deals and bad ones, and certainly that was a great one. We milked Rivet for all he was worth and the only actual legit rebuild move Gainey ever did proved to be a good one. That year we also had Souray on fire who would certainly have garnered a nice return as well, but we decided not to trade him and ended up missing the playoffs by 1 point anyway. Lack of logic behind the Rivet move, or the lack of Souray trade. Go for it, or don't. What's with the in between stuff ?
As for Kovalev, people like to chalk that one up to Gainey's good trades in an effort to redeem his pathetic trade record. He was just a playoffs rental who was later signed as an UFA. Gainey wasn't super savvy or anything here. I'll give him props for resigning him and finding coaches willing to put up with the non-stop distractions. But we offered what was a really good prospect at the time for Kovalev (not to mention the rumors of Sather having the choice of Plekanec or Balej). It was fair value for Kovalev who wasn't working out with the NYR. Wasn't a huge steal or anything.
Gainey had one good moment and it was making the SJS overpay through the roof for the rental of a very average dman in Rivet. And it was precisely the type of move the habs should have been doing more of, trading vets who had value for picks and prospects and what a few of us were advocating. Instead we mostly did the opposite and got screwed 95% of the time.
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