Well, basically, Koivu and Garon are saying that they are glad that Bob stepped up in favour of Brisebois, but that at first they were a little surprised to see that happening. Koivu also say that Brisebois is our best dman ( ), and that everyone wants him to feel good, so that it was important that Gainey did it.
That's the important part... nothing surprising about it...
I am not a big Brisebois fan, and I do like Markov a lot better, but Markov had ONE GREAT SEASON. I know now all of you will read that part and say I am an idiot, fine, but what I am saying is he only had one. I pray to god he gets better and better, but who knows. Koivu is looking at Brisebois from years of being a teamate and knows what he can do. For example, any of you play like NHL or some game like that, get the game and see the rating for a player is completely off, like in NHL 2002, Darryl Shannon was like 75 and Souray was like a 68. What I am saying is sometimes the talent gets lost in the stats. Brisebois had an awful year last year, so did A LOT of habs. Audette sucked, Chow sucked, Theo sucked(DO NOT DEBATE THIS, ONLY STATING A FACT FOR OTHER THINGS)... We had a lot of talent, just no #s, so in other words, Koivu is either talking about the skills Brisebois has or had. I am sure Koivu knows how good Markov is, they do a lot of nice plays together, but Brisebois has been around for awhile, and well I think he is a lot better then his stats, and will rebound this year, or will be in the doghouse for the rest of his career. So I think Koivu is talking about what he has seen, and wants to see again, again, no one knows what Brisebois will show up.
EDIT: I wrote I am not a big Markov fan, which I didn't mean, I meant I wasn't a big Brisebois fan, sigh, typing at 12 is not a good idea.
I'm beginning to question Koivu's credibility. He also gushed over Ryder recently.
If I`m Patrice Brisebois and I`ve been a hab for more than 10 years I don`t want the captain of the team telling the Media that Andrei Markov who has only played 1 full season in the NHL is our best Dman. Markov had a very good season and I`m sure he`ll get even better but as it is Brisebois is our number 1 defenceman. Koivu just gave him yet another reason to play his best. It seems he`s coming in with a better attitude (playing hard, he`s bulked up alittle)...teammates and the GM are standing up for him, this could be the year (god willing) that Breezy puts all those crappy years behind him and shows he can be solid at both ends on a consistant basis. I hope
I think that quote from Koivu tells more about Habs defence than Brisebois.
There is nothing wrong with him being polite like that, as he was with Ryder. Completely sincere and honest captain would last about 15 minutes in Montreal.
I'm sure Saku respects Gainey for saying what he did - thats something players have wanted to say for years. Actually some have: Rivet, anyone? Gainey can get away with it... not having to play every night in front of those fans, and he gets respect being part of dynasty.
Markov may have the potential to be the no 1, but Breezy has a cup, and has consistantly produced for over 10 years. Can anybody say Markov will score 40-50 points next year? No. Not to say brisebois will, but we have seen the worst of Brisebois, and even him being at his worst is still #4-5 material on most teams. We have not seen the worst of Markov, and we have seen him at times where he simply wasn't nhl material.