Apperently, Habs management didnt think he could respond in pressure situations. Seems like they were right. I love how Bob Gainey has proven every one wrong with almost each one of his acquisitions. Thats why he's GM and we're typing on a forum.
Reason people hated the trade: They thought Hossa would become his brother and feared he would do that in NYR. We have seen that Hossa is bad anywhere he plays, ok not bad, but you know what I mean.
Reason people liking the trade: They realized Hossa was a bust, and that Murray, maybe not a scoring line forward, would be able to contribute to the team. We don't always need scoring forwards to win games. We lacked good grinders at the beginning of the year, now we have a solid amount of them with Murray, Begin and Downey.
Now Bonk is picking it up, and makes people around him better too. I think if we stay healthy we might surprise people, but taht being said, any team that is healthy can surprise
I like Murray. As long as he keeps improving in defensive zone coverage like he has, he can have a nice future. He's tough enough to allow them not to dress a tough guy. He's a better skater than I thought he'd be. When they acquired him, I argued that he wasn't a very good skater, with Toshiro as I remember, after hearing Pete Mahovlich critique him. Well, it seems, Tosh was right. I still love the Little M though. Plekanec and Perez seem to play a bit bigger with Murray. As long as the top end offensive players on your team produce, Murray is valuable. They haven't lately but the defense is pumping in a few goals every game. I think coaching like he'll get from Carbo will only help him.
It's funny how most people like the trade now but if you look back to when it happened, ouch you would have thought Gainey kicked someones dog with the reaction the trade got.
Totally hated the trade then, 'cause I really thought with the camp he was having that Hossa had finally understand what it takes to be in the league. And with a change of scenery I really see thought that it could come back and bite us in the ***. We will see what the Rags have in store for him since Rucinsky will be out for a while but even if he's better than he is now (which will not be very tough), Murray is now becoming essential to this team, much more than Downey in my opinion. Congrats to Gainey for that vision!!!