Somebody else already said it but the big test (at least for me) will be this summer and how he handles the D.
Markov, Hamrlik, Gill as UFAs..Spacek with 1 year left and easier to move/buy out/bury in the minors....LOTS of options to rebuild a less than stellar D. I'll be interested to see what he can do with it.
IN: Aaron Palushaj(prospect) : Like this prospect, but for now St. Louis has won the trade (NHLer for and AHLer). Alex Auld : Decent back-up goaltender. Also solidified Price's role as the #1. Alexandre Picard : Decent 7th D-Man, or 1-3 D-Man in the AHL. Jeff Halpern : Like this signing. Very good on face-offs, responsible defensively and is very likeable. Lars Eller : St. Louis won this trade as well, as Lars Eller is struggling to find his role on the team (partly due to coaching as well) and Schultz is an AHLer. I like Eller, but Martin doesn't know what to do with him while Halak is doing well in a Blues uniform. Ian Schultz(prospect) : See; Lars Eller. Dustin Boyd : Won't crack the line-up unless something severe happens (tons of injuries). Karri Ramo : Don't really know what the deal is. Will he replace Auld next year? However, for Desjardins, it's not a bad trade. Michael Bournival(prospect) : For O'Byrne... yeah Colorado won that, and it's not even close. James Wisniewski : We'll see. He hasn't played a game yet, but for a 2nd and a conditional should he re-sign, it's a solid pick-up. Jarred Tinordi(prospect) : Big fan of this draft choice. Mark MacMillan(prospect) : Also a fan of this draft choice.
OUT: Oscar Lindberg(prospect) : Dunno. Matt D'Agostini : Doing decent for St. Louis and was had for an AHLer. St. Louis wins this trade. Georges Laraque : Thank God. Dan Ellis : Too bad he couldn't stick around, but wasn't going to settle for back-up to Price. Adios. Shawn Belle : Wasn't too big on Belle. Greg Stewart : I liked Steward, but rather have Ryan White in that role on the Habs. Dominic Moore : Only costed a 2nd rounder and was huge for the Habs in the playoffs. Kind of sad to see him go, but am not dwelling on it. Andre Benoit : Was never big on him either. Paul Mara : I'm glad he's gone. Jaroslav Halak : For what he was traded for, I think Gauthier could have gotten more. St. Louis won that trade. Sergei Kostitsyn : Nashville won this trade. An AHLer and a goaltender that signed with another team for a decent player like Sergei. Cedric Desjardins(prospect) : I liked him, but think for Ramo, it was a pretty good trade for both teams. Ryan O'Byrne : Given up on way too quickly. Look at the Habs D-core right now. Gorges is out with an injury, Markov gone for the season, three D in their mid thirties that look tired and slow out there. Yeah, trading O'Byrne was a GREAT idea. 2nd round pick in 2011 : We'll know in a few years. 5th round pick in 2012 : Same as the last one. Mark Visentin(prospect) : No idea.
Not a big fan yet he is just doing some minor tweaking of the roster Gainey left him. I am sure he is consulting Gainey quite a lot on the deals he is making I will give him a passing grade when we win the cup.