Funny thing that just occurred to me after all this pronunciation battling.
Back in the 60's and early 70's if you were a Habs fan in Ontario you quite often had to listen to road team coverage. i.e. WBZ Boston, KMOX St Louis, WGR Detroit, WGN Chicago, KDKA Pittsburgh, WCAU Philly, etc
When Chuck Lefley played with the Habs back in the early 70's I was listening to the Chicago coverage. I had to laugh when they kept referring to Montreal fwd Chuck Le Flay. Took a while to figure out who that guy was
It's fans like you we don't need.. There's no problem critiquing moves. That's what a forum is for.
and for the record.. yes this thread was a joke.
Okay you can critique moves that make sense critiquing. If he had those point totals in the NHL you'd have a damn good point. But that made no sense and you had a poor argument. If you wanted to stop being a Habs fan because of a Locke for Belle trade, then you're the one we don't need.
As a Senators fan who watched Corey Locke play throughout his entire 67s career, I love the guy. He was one of my absolute favourite players ever, his skill level and heart were awesome. But I also never expected him to make the NHL as anything but perhaps a a powerplay specialist on a poor team, but even that would be a bit surprising. It's not his size but his skating that I knew would and has held him back. To say he's on the road to stardom (presumably in the NHL) is kind of ridiculous. I am one of his biggest fans, but that would beyond shock me.
I suppose when Locke was a prospect for us many of us wanted him to do well.
Sometimes things do no work out as you would want them to.
The Management and Bob Gainey (Legendary) are not infallible, they are human, and like all humans, errors can and will be made.
It may be premature to assess the situation as you did, and pass very harsh judgment on Bob Gainey using just 2 of his trades.
While those 2 trades may not seems favourable for us in your eyes, you may not be seeing the bigger picture. What is your assessment of all the other trades that Bob Gainey has done?
As fans it is easy for us to pass judgment from the outside looking in. Bob Gainey has an envious amount of credentials and experience that we can not even begin to imagine. Furthermore he enjoys a wealth of inside knowledge that we hardly ever get access to. Scout reports....,many conversations with people on the inside and the players themselves etc.
I am not questioning Locke's character but pure on ice hockey skills is not the only thing a GM or an organization looks at when completely evaluating a player and his value to your team. It is easy to look at player's x and y statistics and think wow what a point producing machine but there far more to look into that just point production...
In summary...one needs to really look at the BIGGER picture before passing harsh judgment.
For the record.
I think that perhaps many of us would have preferred BETTER return for Ribeiro...general consensus was at the time we were in need of defence....Ninnima in his prime...on top of his game and in form was not a bad player...too bad we mostly saw the worst of him.
Also it is not news but Ribeiro's character constantly was frowned upon by the habs brass itself.
Insofar as Locke for Belle is concerned, I can see why you think it is a win for the wild. However a 5 foot 9 point machine in Junior/AHL is easier to find than a speedy defenceman drafed in the first round. From what I read when Belle has some qualities, like many prospects...aspiring to be NHL players he has to put the tools together...weed out the bad and develop the good...