Gainey's legacy as GM is not as bad as people think
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04-10-2012, 10:55 PM
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True....but then when you go further, you realize that the Gomez deal that did include McDonagh did NOT solidify our D, which would have been better with McDo, and we had to go with other possibilities since Gomez wasn't doing it. Gionta wasn't exactly stellar prior to his injury either. We had to deal Cammy 'cause he wasn't bringing it. All those picks given for 1/2 year of players didn't permit our KEY guy in Timmins to work his magic and who knows, that might have been more help in the actual lineup. All these players given for nothing or close to etc....At one point, you deplete a lineup, you are going to have a miserable year.....and here it is.
Yes, Gauthier was awful. I will NEVER blame him for signing Markov, I would have to. But I would have make DAMN sure that my D would be better if the goal was to be a better team. And he didn't do it. And a couple of other things but mostly this improvisation that took place this year that was NOT what the Montreal Canadiens were all about. But Gainey has to be held accountable. To think that Gauthier ended up destroying legacy in 2 years and that he's the only responsible is pretty strange to say the least.
The players Gainey brought might not have been amazing, but they did lead us to a conference final and they did do a pretty good job last year finishing 6th despite suffering numerous injuries and fought a very respectable battle versus Boston in the last POs.
So, it's not like Gauthier didn't know those guys. Gainey isn't free of fault, God knows he screwed some things up.
But this year, keeping Martin alone would have likely avoided our horrendous season.
We were 12-7-5 since our poor 1-5-2 start. Had we kept that pace for the remainder of the season, we'd have finished with 95pts, good for 7th and a rematch versus the Bruins yet again
So yes, Gainey made mistakes. But they weren't made this season. Gauthier's decisions over the course of this season was the reason for our last place finish.
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