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03-29-2012, 11:38 AM
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A Eulogy for Bob

Not to praise him nor to bury him, but to say goodbye.

Bob Gainey brought class to the organization and was able to attract and empower people like Timmins to be their best, to inspire players like Kovalev to reach new levels of focus and to reach a new level of understanding of the importance of Les Canadiens to the fans.

He showed great vision and courage in building a team that was ahead of its time, great loyalty to his colleague Gauthier and compassion for the great player Markov.

And finally showed his high degree of integrity in his final act, stepping aside when his chosen successor was fired.

A good man and a brave one. Farewell Bob.

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03-29-2012, 11:40 AM
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Bob Gainey actually commanded respect from his players, unlike PG. When he said something, players listened.

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Thanks for being the man, Bob. You were a class act all the way, and I have no doubt you tried your darndest. You were a beacon of respect and of excellence.

But good riddance.

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Still love Gainey regardless of it all

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Thanks for trying, bob. I hope people remember him for the player he was and not the GM.

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03-29-2012, 11:43 AM
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Thank You Bob. You are and will always be one of my favorite all time Habs. The GM part was though, especially being the GM and losing your daughter in that process. Best of luck to you

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To be remembered.

http://www.mauvaisoeil.com/extras/gainey/en/index.html

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03-29-2012, 11:50 AM
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Bob, you didn't do everything right, but you brought development back to the organization. Thanks for the class you brought.

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Great man, and a class act who brought some respect to this organization when it was down the *******.

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Thanks for trying, bob. I hope people remember him for the player he was and not the GM.
Feel the same...

Nothing about his failure as GM should detract from what a key part he is of the Canadiens legacy. As good an ambassador of the organization as we could ever wish.

Once a bit of time/distance has been given, I hope he returns to the organization in that type of role for as long as he wants to.

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Screw u and the gomez trade

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Goodbye Mr gainey hopefully you will never work in the canadiens organization ever again--your the no 1 reason this org has become a joke

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Goodbye Mr gainey hopefully you will never work in the canadiens organization ever again--your the no 1 reason this org has become a joke

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He was doing so good until the summer of 09. It's amazing how it all came crumbling down.

Will always remember him fondly, 03-04 was a magical season for me. That Kovalev trade blew my socks off.

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Goodbye Mr gainey hopefully you will never work in the canadiens organization ever again--your the no 1 reason this org has become a joke
Did you just start following the team?

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I like the man (he seems calm and level headed) and the player he was but, post lockout, he was a lower tier GM with a top tier budget. As a GM I will remember him for the loss of Beauchemin (Gainey misunderstood the rules put in place during the lockout!), Gomez's acquisition, Price's anointment (too early) and Ribeiro's departure.

Good riddance.

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Not to praise him nor to bury him, but to say goodbye.

Bob Gainey brought class to the organization and was able to attract and empower people like Timmins to be their best, to inspire players like Kovalev to reach new levels of focus and to reach a new level of understanding of the importance of Les Canadiens to the fans.

He showed great vision and courage in building a team that was ahead of its time, great loyalty to his colleague Gauthier and compassion for the great player Markov.

And finally showed his high degree of integrity in his final act, stepping aside when his chosen successor was fired.

A good man and a brave one. Farewell Bob.
Just wanted to correct something: it's André Savard who hired Timmins.

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03-29-2012, 12:40 PM
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People here saying he was a failure should really go **** themselves. True failure was before 2003 when Gainey tookover, and the Habs missed the playoffs 4 of 5 years. Since then they have made the playoffs 6 of 8 years. REAL failure is the past decade for teams like the Leafs (hopeless performance for a decade), the Senators (a great team being dismantled into nothing), or the Wild (again nothing to show for the past decade).

Gainey is a hall of fame captain of the team, who brought much glory to the CH and had his number retired, he also had a great 15 year career as a GM, with a very nice winning record, playoff appearence record, and a cup.

The guy is a LEGEND who knew hockey inside out from all aspects, people here coming to bury him who want some TV hockey hacks or rookies to replace him are going to be VERY sorry. You guys want flash, someone put on a pedastal as a super genius who won't make any errors (as if the 29 other teams are run by dolts), and wouldn't recognize the quiet competence of a Gainey until he is gone. Super genius Steve Yzerman is a big mancrush around here, where is his team now? Also way out of playoffs..funny how that is glossed over. Nobody can be perfect, and now there's a good chance a multi-year, Burke-esque circus has just begun, some flashy clown will come as GM, rich kid superfan Geoff Molson will be making roster decisions behind him, and we'll see a playoff capable team turn into a hopeless Toronto situation where decisions are made to appease the fan/media mob. You guys forget what real failure is, we will probably be seeing it soon enough.

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Goodbye Bob, outstanding player, one of our best ever. Those quick to condemn would be wise to look that up. There is a reason for the #23 in the rafters.

Some brutal, abysmal trades and promotions of course; and ultimately the failure of being consistently in the upper echelons of the league, let alone competitive, falls at his doorstep. I also think losing his daughter during his GM tenure had a major effect on him and his job. Felt like a lot of his passion was drained then.

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03-29-2012, 12:45 PM
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Will always consider him a huge part of the organzation. Huge admiration for him and I wish him well in whatever he does.

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Bob Gainey took what was left of this franchise and turned it around, with some help from his short-lived predecessor (Savard).

I have a lot of respect for Bob Gainey, as a player, as a coach, as a GM. He went through some incredibly hard times while being at the head of this club, and overall, he gave us some good clubs. He brought in Kovalev, who was a blast to watch, he had teams with tons of players that were drafted by the organization and he was respected by his players.

I'm guessing a lot of this fan base is too young to remember what this team was like before he came in, so many are ready to call him the worst GM when it really isn't close to being true. Sure, the last years of his reign at the head of this team were tainted by bad moves and impatience, and I'll agree that in the end, the bad outweighs the good, but not to the point that he should be regarded as worse than Houle.

To be honest, I'm glad the team is moving on. It was time to bring in a new team and detach ourselves from the old guard (I'm not sure if the expression translates). But it doesn't mean that Gainey should be chased out of town with torches and pitchforks.

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People here saying he was a failure should really go **** themselves. True failure was before 2003 when Gainey tookover, and the Habs missed the playoffs 4 of 5 years. Since then they have made the playoffs 6 of 8 years. REAL failure is the past decade for teams like the Leafs (hopeless performance for a decade), the Senators (a great team being dismantled into nothing), or the Wild (again nothing to show for the past decade).
Well said.

While the HFboard drama queens will wail about him being the worst thing to ever happen to the team, yadda yadda, the reality is far from that.

Yes, he ultimately failed in delivering the ultimate prize and yes, he made some bad moves in hindsight (happens to every GM). He's also leaving Price, Paicoretty, Eller, Gorges and Subban behind.

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03-29-2012, 12:58 PM
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Well said.

While the HFboard drama queens will wail about him being the worst thing to ever happen to the team, yadda yadda, the reality is far from that.

Yes, he ultimately failed in delivering the ultimate prize and yes, he made some bad moves in hindsight (happens to every GM). He's also leaving Price, Paicoretty, Eller, Gorges and Subban behind.
And three of those five players came by trade.

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