Other than the Gomez trade, Bob Gainey's tenure as GM was mostly good.
Where I think Gainey made a difference was his presence and the respect the players had for him. When Gainey spoke, everyone listened and respected him. When there were issues, Gainey intervened and was mostly successful. He was respected for his career, for his experience and for everything he went through.
When (and if) Monsieur Gauthier spoke, he was almost laughable. The players did not respect or like Gauthier and the appointment of lame duck no experience Cunneyworth sealed the season.
Tanguay. Spacek. Losing Hainsey. The Niinimaa trade. The soap opera with Souray. Carbonneau.