- Says they were very interested in Arnott, but there are 29 other teams and a lot of competition for players. Says Habs are doing good financially but have to care about the cap. Says team has a good base. Says that even if they don't add anyone they have improved over last year. Says Gainey will do his best.
- Says taxes and pressure may have been factors in Habs not getting anybody.
Communication Was Cut & Recovered.
- Says offers were made but that some teams were more desesperate than others and raised the prices. Says Gainey plans long term.
- Says many teams make offers that make no sense.
- Says it's not easy drawing anybody anywhere. Says with the moves and expansions in Southern cities, players want to play there.
- Says all players use other teams to raise the prices, not just the Habs. Says agents lie about interest in their clients to raise prices. Players ask more to play in Canada because of taxes, and then others in the States want the same amount.
- Says Habs shopping ain't through. Mentions teams will be in cap trouble and good players will be available. Says "At least one" player from the original shopping list is still available. Didn't say who, despite being asked who. Humorously said "Oh you have a right to try to know who..." when asked.
- Doesn't know who will replace Andre Savard.
- Says improvments are likely to come through trades.
- Talks about his golf tourney. Profits go to Canadiens Fondation.
Interview Over. Discuss.
Dave Nonis of the Canucks brought this topic up as well.
Its an issue that cant be ignored. Once the UFA market settles down, I expect some trades to go down that are totally cap related. We've seen some of those kinds of deals already but I expect a higher rate of these trades once the volatile UFA market stabilizes.
This is where guys like Gainey can possibly jump on some teams.