It was typical of Gainey to go out on a limb to defend an immature clown like Brisebois - and then turn his back on Saku Koivu, a player who had given everything he had to the Canadiens.
No idea how one case has to do with the other as both did not recieve contracts last summer.
In fact, the most dangerous thing you could be during the Gainey years was one of those perceived as his friend. Rick Green, Doug Jarvis, Guy Carbonneau - all former teammates, all hard-nosed players like Gainey himself, all unceremoniously fired. Kirk Muller is probably thanking his lucky stars that Gainey is gone, because players cut in the Gainey mould did not survive long in the system while Gainey was in charge. NHL hockey, obviously, is a business. You can't do it unless you're tough enough to fire your friends. But Gainey seems to make it a habit, which makes you wonder whether we ever really knew the man at all.
Green, Jarvis and Carbo sucked. Should he have kept them because they were his friends? I guess Todd prefers a sucky good old boy's club.
I guess we defend the Habs because they're actually good at drafting, despite having generally modest draft position throughout the period. Interestingly, they've actually been above average in the first round, at least in terms of getting NHL players out of it.
I think most people view the Habs' drafting as "poor" because they don't realize what a team drafting poorly really means... I mean, man, Tampa bay is particularly sad. Four players on 75 picks? Zero in the first and the second round???
And then we complain about Timmins being weak in the first round.
In all fairness, these picks, with the exception of Nattinen, were the 109th or later in their respective drafts. Taking a long shot on an international player who may or may not pan out is not much of a gamble and probably makes some sense economically as you avoid having to sign a player to an AHL or ECHL contract unless they develop.
It's not about where they are drafted, it's about not a single one has panned out at all, we have zero to show for it. Perhaps management agrees, since they just canned most of their Euro scouts. I do like what I've seen from Engqvist but then again I liked what I saw from Heino-Lindberg at the development camp years ago, same with Korpikari.
With the way Sweden is turning out impressive young talent of late, we need to make sure we aren't missing out.
"Montreal has done a poor job with Sergei Kostitsyn, Pavel Valentenko, Alexander Perezhogin and I am afraid that AK46 (Andrei Kostitsyn) will never live up to the potential. All these players have been brought up too fast."[/I]
Valentenko was brought up too fast? Perezhogin left for more money. SK earned both his initial NHL playing time and then demotion.
Jack Todd was always useless. His only readership in the past was from bashing Brochu/Loria/Samson and the Brisebois. He was like an infant trying to make sure he was the one given credit with coining the term The Keg and then was a merciless whine complaining about the sound level of the PA system.
LOL, people will still defend the Habs poor drafting...I don't get it.
I wouldn't say poor at all, hasn't been great by any means but at least they are drafting NHLers, more then any other team which says something. 48 players that the Habs drafted or signed appeared in an NHL game this year.
Jack Todd's a moron, and an evil one at that. As Montreal notes above, we've had lots of stinker draft choices, but then again we also found Mark Streit, the Kostitsyns, Jaro Halak just to name four people in the league right now. Also it's ridiculous to say we rushed Perezhogin or Valentenko. Hell if we'd rushed him, Valentenko might have stayed. It was being stuck in the A that made him go back. Ditto AK47 who was most defintiely not "pushed too fast", in fact he was kept in the minors.
And as for SK, didn't he get sent down to start the year? How is that rushing him?
I really really really hate Jack Todd. This could be the best article he'll write all year, it's only mostly flawed.