The case for a 1-year surgical tank for the Habs
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08-04-2012, 09:42 PM
Join Date: Sep 2005
A question for the anti-tankers:
On February 25th, 2007, Bob Gainey traded 6'2", 220 lbs, top-4 dman Craig Rivet, with a 5th round draft choice, to the San Jose Sharks for Josh Gorges and a 1st round pick that would turn into Max Pacioretty. At the time, Rivet was coming off a 34 point season and had 16 points in 54 games, a 24 point pace. Rivet was a good enough player that the 107 point San Jose Sharks were willing to give up their best trading chip top acquire him: their 1st round draft pick in the upcoming draft.
The loss of Craig Rivet no doubt hurt the team, and the Habs were eliminated from the playoffs on the last game of the season, ending with 2 points less than the 8th place New York Islanders.
Would you be happier if the Habs had held on to Rivet, lost to Buffalo in the 1st round of the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, and not added Gorges and Pacioretty to the Habs system?[/QUOTE
You pursue this doggedly but you're a one-trick doggy. The same Bob Gainey traded a youthful Jozef Balej for an older Alex Kovalev, a profoundly one-sided deal. That was an antitank missile that enabled the Habs to develop a potent power play and upset the mighty Bruins in 2004. Kovalev also played on the last Hab team to lead the East Conference several seasons later. Hmm, was Balej, part of the new Habs dynasty that Gainey aborted?
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