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04-09-2012, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
I like to look at the results and the simple facts are this:

-He had 6 years of being the GM, and the team made the playoffs 5 out of those 6 times.
-One of the years the team placed first in the conference.
-The team got 90 or above points in every season he was the GM.
-Two 2nd round appearances.
-One conference finals appearance.

That is way above average in the current NHL environment. I have no problem with Gainey's tenure at all.
In a few years from now, when people start to be sick of the Roy circus that is about to hit town, people will remember the facts of Gainey's tenure and realize that he was a really good GM. Montreal, alongside Toronto, are the two most difficult NHL markets to operate. Dealing with the crazy media/fans on a daily basis and attracting free agents are two factors that make it much more difficult to succeed here than in other cities.

The problems this year with the team are due mostly to Gauthier's mismanagement, bad luck with injuries, and the normal up and down of every franchise. People are overeacting as usual.

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