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04-18-2009, 06:15 PM
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The "Thank you for taking us to the playoffs, Bob" thread

Game 2 is about to start...

The city is buzzing and on edge
The press from coast to coast are criticizing and bashing the Habs
The fans are debating and praising... and bashing
The entire hockey world is watching
This coach believes in his team
This team believes in their coach
The rookies are learning about the REAL NHL
The line up is being adjusted

The drama and excitement is INCREDIBLE!

This thread is to voice appreciation to Mr. Gainey for getting us there...

RDS, 110%, PJ stock, Todd, etc... you tools owe our GM big time... otherwise you would be yapping right now about the great sport of drafting and free agency like the Leafs, Panthers, Sabres, and Sens are doing..

instead of play-off hockey

much better to be in than on the outside looking in
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Update Post Game 2 (Sunday, April 19)

Flames
Flyers
Caps
Habs
Blues
Blue Jackets

All down 0 - 2 in the first round…

So I guess all 6 of those teams suck the bag and their coaches and GM's should all be fired, huh?

Or maybe... just maybe that’s just the nature of beast in the Playoffs in the 21st century, post-lockout, era of pariety?



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your a hero for praising a real hero!

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04-18-2009, 06:19 PM
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In Gainey we trust

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How pathetic of a thread is this?

Stone-face has done nothing for you to be thanking him.

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I'm thanking him for the season and in advance for what he's about to do in the playoffs. good post citylife.

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Save the thank you thread for when the Habs do something significant in the playoffs. This team should not be content just to be here, unlike the Leafs, Panthers, Sabres, and Sens.

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04-18-2009, 08:06 PM
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Carbo had this team at 4th place.

Gainey had us sneak in on an 8th-place tie-breaker.

??

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Game 2 is about to start...

The city is buzzing and on edge
The press from coast to coast are criticizing and bashing the Habs
The fans are debating and praising... and bashing
The entire hockey world is watching
This coach believes in his team
This team believes in their coach
The rookies are learning about the REAL NHL
The line up is being adjusted

The drama and excitement is INCREDIBLE!

This thread is to voice appreciation to Mr. Gainey for getting us there...

RDS, 110%, PJ stock, Todd, etc... you tools owe our GM big time... otherwise you would be yapping right now about the great sport of drafting and free agency like the Leafs, Panthers, Sabres, and Sens are doing..

instead of play-off hockey
You're pimping a guy who won 6 games in 16. That's pretty solid.

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04-18-2009, 08:20 PM
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Thank you for building a team of ******* that will need to be dismantled. You've achieved nothing that some of the worst Habs teams achieved idiot.

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Citylife, your idol is doing pretty well again tonight, don't you think?

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Well, we can thank Bob for one thing: he will make Uncle George's job easier this summer when he fires him.

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Carbo had this team at 4th place.

Gainey had us sneak in on an 8th-place tie-breaker.

??
I'm sorry but this is bs.

Carbo had this team going straight to 10th place. There is no way this team even makes the playoffs the way they were playing with Carbo. Remember the 10 games in a row we allowed 35 to 45 shots in? Thank Halak for winning a few of these.

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04-18-2009, 09:13 PM
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It's not Gainey's fault that the team was battered with a ridiculous number of key-player injuries.

His hand-picked coach, OTOH, alienated the team and he was unable to fix it by going back behind the bench, so he has to be held responsible for that.

But this is a very good roster when healthy -- and having a bad season and getting beat by a one-season wonder team like the Bruins (if they lose the series, which hasn't happened yet) doesn't change that.

It's just been a cursed year. I'm sorry but the amount of adversity that team has faced is ridiculous. Haven't they lost their top scorer three times?

And no team, not even Detroit or Pittsburgh, wins without their #1 defenseman.

I am unsure who could have done a better job than Gainey -- considering he has to acquire players while contending with the game's worst media, worst fans, worst taxes, and terrible weather.

Let's face it: in the modern day, the conditions in Montreal are really terrible for building a successful hockey team. Maybe the worst in the league. About the only thing the Habs GM has going for him is money, and he has to outbid other well-monied and vastly more attractive teams.

Gainey has done as well as could be hoped for, but the mythical centennial season was marred by something resembling a hex and, well, here we are, in the playoffs minus the #1 D-man and the team's top center, trying to make do.

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It's not Gainey's fault that the team was battered with a ridiculous number of key-player injuries.

His hand-picked coach, OTOH, alienated the team and he was unable to fix it by going back behind the bench, so he has to be held responsible for that.

But this is a very good roster when healthy -- and having a bad season and getting beat by a one-season wonder team like the Bruins (if they lose the series, which hasn't happened yet) doesn't change that.

It's just been a cursed year. I'm sorry but the amount of adversity that team has faced is ridiculous. Haven't they lost their top scorer three times?

And no team, not even Detroit or Pittsburgh, wins without their #1 defenseman.

I am unsure who could have done a better job than Gainey -- considering he has to acquire players while contending with the game's worst media, worst fans, worst taxes, and terrible weather.

Let's face it: in the modern day, the conditions in Montreal are really terrible for building a successful hockey team. Maybe the worst in the league. About the only thing the Habs GM has going for him is money, and he has to outbid other well-monied and vastly more attractive teams.

Gainey has done as well as could be hoped for, but the mythical centennial season was marred by something resembling a hex and, well, here we are, in the playoffs minus the #1 D-man and the team's top center, trying to make do.
He failed at:
1- getting a real and true big center
2 - getting Price some help
3- getting the kids developing properly (except for Lapierre, none of the kids have progressed)
4- realizing that the kids had moucho problems off the ice and policing them
5- coaching the team. 6 wins in 18 games and couting ain't exactly Corey Clouston-like.
6- understanding the needs of the club early on this season, while the Habs had a chance to recover
7- realizing that his kid-prodigy was failing miserably in nets. The other kid is working is azz off during practice, much more so than the prodigy, and he gets the call only when the prodigy is hurt or sick.

Any boss in any company who had such a bad record would be fired. He will leave or he will be fired. If they lose fast, he will be gone fast. I suspect he will leave.

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04-18-2009, 09:35 PM
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He failed at:
1- getting a real and true big center
See Lang, Robert

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2 - getting Price some help
What kind of help -- you mean a vet goalie?

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3- getting the kids developing properly (except for Lapierre, none of the kids have progressed)
Odd, that wasn't the opinion last year was it?

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4- realizing that the kids had moucho problems off the ice and policing them
That Magnolia story was a tempest in a teapot really. I think the impact of it was greatly exagerrated.

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5- coaching the team. 6 wins in 18 games and couting ain't exactly Corey Clouston-like.
His coaching has been better than Carbonneau's, but I agree that the results have not been there.

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6- understanding the needs of the club early on this season, while the Habs had a chance to recover
He got them Schneider which, outside of a medical rabbit's foot, was exactly what they needed.

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7- realizing that his kid-prodigy was failing miserably in nets. The other kid is working is azz off during practice, much more so than the prodigy, and he gets the call only when the prodigy is hurt or sick.
Hate to say this but Montreal has the next ten years of the franchise invested in Carey Price. He needs to be the number one goaltender for this to work. If he's not going to be able to cut it the Habs need to know now so they can move to a back-up plan.

Harsh for Halak, but that's the way it is. On the other hand, it's entirely possible that the Habs make him their #1 of the future if they decide Price won't succeed (or, more likely, won't succeed in Montreal, arguably the world's toughest hockey city).

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Any boss in any company who had such a bad record would be fired. He will leave or he will be fired. If they lose fast, he will be gone fast. I suspect he will leave.
Here's why not: it was only one season. And bad seasons happen.

It's sports. Guys don't do well and get frustrated, injuries happen to key guys, teams get into tailspins and don't pull out. Conversely, sometimes great seasons happen: see 07-08 Habs, 08-09 Bruins.

It's been a crappy, crappy season. It's followed a great season. These things happen.

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I hope a new GM comes in because he gets to build his own team with 11 UFA's to open spots and gets to hire his own coach...looking forward to a new power in management.

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2 more games until Gainey get fired !

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2 more games until Gainey get fired !
He won't be. Markov and Lang are the reasons why we don't win. If they would be there, we would not have lost 1 game till the Cup.

I'll give an extension to Gainey. Let's say another post salary cap 5-year plan.

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man to praise a guy for making
playoffs
not passing 2nd round in 6 years
WoW
just Wow.

and stop with developing kids
what is it good for to
develop kids that end up disappoint you.

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It's been a crappy, crappy season. It's followed a great season. These things happen.

I can accept a bad season, it happens like you said.

I will not accept this "blind faith" some of you place in 'ol stone-face.
I read or heard somewhere on theradio that if the GM's name was Rejean Houle and things played out the way they have so far this year, YOU and all the other Gainey disciples would be crapping on him every chance you got ..... so save the excuses

HE'S BEEN A COMPLETE FAILURE !!

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does anyone even remember this team before gainey (savard to a certain extent)...seriously guys be a little more smart and use your noodles...

i am defending him because he built a team that can win and has helped restock our prospect pool (timmins mainly) but i like his pickups and his signings of most big players that are internally developed at good prices...one disappointing season and the roughest market causes a team to lynch everything around it...i wish the expos were still here and the alouetttes were larger...

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I can accept a bad season, it happens like you said.

I will not accept this "blind faith" some of you place in 'ol stone-face.
I read or heard somewhere on theradio that if the GM's name was Rejean Houle and things played out the way they have so far this year, YOU and all the other Gainey disciples would be crapping on him every chance you got ..... so save the excuses

HE'S BEEN A COMPLETE FAILURE !!
Been following the team very long?

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Thank you Bob for making Montreal the softest team in the league. Thank you Bob for the organization being in basically the same spot it was when you took over.

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Keep dreaming, Gainey will stay the GM of this team for a couple of other years. He did a tremendous job building a decent team with the help of only one top pick (Price). The Pens needed 4 top picks to start competing, we needed one ... that's because of Gainey's patience and knowledge of how to build a hockey team out of nothing.

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